185 years ago today - 1836: 21 February

[Patriarchal Blessing]
Jonathan Crosby Jr. (Given by Joseph Smith, Sen.)

"...Thou shalt ... have power over the winds and waves. Be wafted from place to place, by the power of God. Be caught up to the third heavens, and behold unspeakable things, whether in the body or out. Thou shalt see thy Redeemer in the flesh, and know that he lives. Angels shall minister unto thee, and protect thee from thine enemies, so that none shall be able to take thy life. And when thy mission is full here, thou shalt visit other worlds, and remain a Priest in eternity.

Thou shalt stand upon the earth till the Redeemer comes, See the end of this generation, and when the heavens rend, thou shalt rise and meet thy God in the air. And thy thousands shall be with thee. Thy family also, and thy posterity also. ... And I seal thee up unto eternal life...

[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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