170 years ago today - Feb 3, 1854

As my son Wilford was to commence this morning to begin to officiate in the priests office by going through the ward to visit the house of each member in company with Brother Ross in the capacity of teachers I called my family together for the purpose of Prayer and Dedicating my son unto the Lord. His father and mother laid hands upon his head and Dedicated him unto the Lord. The following is a copy of the Blessing bestowed upon his head:

Wilford Woodruff Jr. ... when he was 13 years & 323 days old.

... I seal you up unto Eternal life and no power shall take your crown. And you shall live long upon the Earth and do great good and bring many souls into the kingdom of God. ... you shall Receive the fulness of the priesthood and the Apostleship and the keys thereof and shall follow the footsteps of thy father wherein he has been faithful in the Apostleship. And thou shalt live and not die.

Thy body shall not be laid in the grave but thou shalt live till the coming of Christ. Then shall thy body be changed in the twinkling of an eye from mortality to immortality, and Shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air when he shall come in the clouds of heaven to meet with the saints on the earth.

... Thou shall see Zion esstablished in great power and glory....

During the evening Sisters Whitney & Eliza Snow called upon us and spent the evening. ...

Before they left Sister Whitney sung in tongues in the pure language which Adam & Eve made use of in the garden of Eden. This gift was obtained while in Kirtland through the promise of Joseph. He told her if she would rise upon her feet (while in a meeting) she should have the pure Language. She done so and immediately commenced singing in that language. It was as near heavenly music as any thing I ever herd.

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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