185 years ago today - 1836: 22 March

[Patriarchal Blessing]

Ethan Barrows (Given by Joseph Smith, Sen.)

"... Thou must stand in the midst of wars and see man slay his fellow man, while thousands shall fall by famine and pestilences upon thy right hand and upon thy left, and the destroyer shall sweep his thousands by night and by day, and thine eye shall see it and thy heart will grieve, and thou shalt weep over the calamities which shall come upon thy fellow men, and the Lord shall speak to thee from the heavens and comfort thee. Angels shall minister unto thee and thou shalt rejoice in God in the midst of all the devastations which thou shalt behold. ... though shalt ... live to see the end of this generation and proclaim the gospel to the end of the wicked until the earth shall reel to and fro and stagger like a drunkard at the coming of the glorious Messiah, for thou shalt live to see him come in the clouds of heaven while thou are yet in the flesh. Thou must seek council at the hand of thy God and keep all the commandments and thou shalt receive all the power of the holy priesthood; power to raise the dead, heal the sick, cause the lame to walk, the dumb to speak. Thou shalt have power to translate thyself from land to land and from country to country, from one end of heaven to the other, and when thy work is done thou shalt translate from earth to heaven.

Thou art one of the hundred and forty four thousand which shall stand upon Mount Zion with the harps of God. These blessings, the Lord shall give unto thee in his own due time and I seal them for thee in thee in the name of Jesus and I seal thee up unto eternal life. Even so. Amen."

[Journal of History 15(1):40, 1922, in Selected LDS Patriarchal Blessings, New Mormon Studies CD ROM, Signature Book, 2009, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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