170 years ago today - Dec 24, 1842

[Joseph Smith Diary] In reply to the question, "Do you want a wicked man to pray for you?" [Joseph answered,] "Yes, if the fervent, effectual prayer of the righteous availeth much, a wicked man may avail a little when praying for a righteous man. There is none good but one. The better a man is the more his prayer will prevail like the publican and pharisee, one was justified rather than the other showing that both were justified in a degree. The prayer of the wicked man may do a righteous man good when it does the one who prays no good."

[Source: Faulring, Scott (ed.), An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith: Joseph Smith Diary, 1842-43, http://amzn.to/jsdiaries]

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