The Essential Joseph Smith
Foreword by Marvin S. Hill
“Blessed of the Lord,” Blessings, dated 18 December 1833
(from Scott H. Faulring, ed., An American Prophet’s Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith
[Salt Lake City: Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, 1987], pp. 17-19)
[p.43]Blessed of the Lord is Bro[ther] Oliver [Cowdery]. Nevertheless there are two evils in him that he must needs forsake or he cannot altogeth[er] escape the buffettings of the adver[sar]y. If he shall forsak[e] these evils he shall be forgiven and shall be made like unto the bow which the Lord hath set in the heavens. He shall be a sign and an ensign unto the nations. Behold he is blessed of the Lord for his constancy and steadfastness in the work of the Lord. Wherefore he shall be blessed in his generation and they shall never be cut off. He shall be helped out of many troubles and if he keep[s] the commandments and harken unto the council of the Lord his rest shall be glorious.
Again blessed of the Lord is my father and also my mother and my brothers and my sisters. For they shall yet find redemption in the House of the Lord and their of[f]springs shall be a blessing, a Joy, and a comfort unto them.
Blessed is my mother for her soul is ever fill[ed] with benevolence and phylanthropy and notwithstanding her age yet she shall receive strength and shall be comferted in the midst of her house. She shall have eternal life.
Blessed is my father. For the hand of the Lord shall be over him. For he shall see the affliction of his children pass away when his head is fully ripe. He shall behold himself as an olive tree whose branches are bowed down with much fruit. He shall also possess a mansion on high.
Blessed of the Lord is my brother Hyrum for the integrity of his heart. He shall be girt about with truth and faithfulness shall be the strength of his loins from generation to generation. He shall be a shaft in the hand of his God to exicute Judgement upon his enemies. He shall be hid by the hand of the Lord that none of his secret parts shall [p.44]be discovered unto his hu[r]t. His name shall be accounted a blessing among men. When he is in trouble and great tribulation hath come upon him he shall remember the God of Jacob and he will shield him from the power of Satan. He shall receive [counsel] in the House of the Most High that he may be streng[t]hened in hope that the going of his feet may be established for eve[r].
Blessed of the Lord is [my] bro[ther] Samuel because the Lord shall say unto him, “Sam[ue]l, Sam[ue]l.” Therefore he shall be made a teacher in the House of the Lord and the Lord shall mature his mind in Judgement. Thereby he shall obtain the esteem and fellowship of his brethren. His soul shall be established and he shall benefit [from] the House of the Lord because he shall obtain answer[s] to [his] prayer[s] in his faithfulness.
[My] Bro[ther] William is as the fi[e]rce Lion who divideth not the spoil because of his strength. In the pride of his heart he will neglect the more weighty matters until his soul is bowed down in sorrow. Then he shall return and call on the name of his God and shall find forgiveness and shall wax valient. Therefor[e] he shall be saved unto the utter most. As the roaring Lion of the forest in the midst of his prey so shall the hand of his generation be lifted up against those who are set on high that fight against the God of Israel. Fearless and unda[u]nted shall they be in battle in avenging the [w]rongs of the innocent and relieving the oppressed. Ther[e]for[e] the blessings of the God of Jacob shall be in the midst of his house notwithstanding his rebelious heart.
And now O God let the residue of my father’s house ever come up in remembrance before thee. That thou mayest save them from the hand of the oppressor and establish their feet upon the rock of ages. That they may have place in thy house and be saved in thy Kingdom. Let all these things be even as I have said for Christ’s sake. Amen.