185 years ago today - 1836: 7 December

[Patriarchal Blessing]
Oliver Boardman Huntington. (Given by Joseph Smith, Sen.)... thou shalt have power with God even to translate thyself to Heaven, & preach to the inhabitants of the moon or planets, if it shall be expedient, if thou art faithful all these blessings will be given thee, & now by the authority of the priesthood I seal thee unto eternal life in the name of Jesus, even so. Amen."

[From typescript, private collection. Although the typescript lists his father, William, as the officiator, Oliver's later account confirms that Joseph Smith, Sr. was the patriarch. See Oliver B. Huntington, "Resurrection of My Mother," Young Woman's Journal 5(7):345-347, 1894, in Selected LDS Patriarchal Blessings, New Mormon Studies CD ROM, Signature Book, 2009, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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