185 years ago today - 1836: 21 February

[Patriarchal Blessing]

Caroline Crosby. (Given by Joseph Smith, Sen.)

"... thou also shalt see thy Redeemer come in the clouds of heaven ... Angels shall minister unto thee. And thy husband shall receive strength from thy prayers when he is absent from thee. And you shall know each others state by the Spirit when in far distant lands, and be comforted.

Thou shalt receive an inheritance in Zion, for thee and thy children. See the glory of God fill the house. Even the glory of the kingdom of heaven. And if thou desirest thou shalt bid the grave adieu, and never sleep in the dust, but rise to meet thy Redeemer at His coming

Note: After the blessings, she wrote: "The Patriarch conversed with us sometime, told us we had come together right. And when we told him our ages, and places of birth, he observed--that he thought we were both born under one planet. But merely by way of merriment. Mother Smith was in the room. She also added her blessing, or confirmed what we had already received."

[From a transcript; original in the Caroline Barnes Crosby Journal and Autobiography, 1807-82; fd 1, pg. 16, Utah State Historical Society Archives, in Selected LDS Patriarchal Blessings, New Mormon Studies CD ROM, Signature Book, 2009, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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