170 years ago today - Oct 16, 1852

[Hosea Stout]
To day the Elders who are going on the Western missions met at the Council House to recieve their Blessings.... I recieved my blessing under the hands of Elder Wilford Woodruff one of the Twelve Apostles, which was as follows

Br Hosea ... the Lord thy God shall make thee as a flaming sword in his hand, thy toungue shall be loosed, and thy voice shall be as the voice of the angels of God, thou shalt have power to go forth to that nation, whose bars have been strong, and who have been secluded from all nations under heaven in the generations that have past and gone.

... thousands shall be brought into the kingdom of God through thy instrumentality.

Thou shalt have power to command the elements and they shall obey thee,Thou shalt have power to perform mighty miracles, and cast out divils heal the sick, and cause the blind to see, the lame to (walk [crossed out]) leap as an hart;... When snares are set for thy feet thou shalt have power to escape them, and be like Nephi and Alma who over came their enemies and every obsticle through their faith and the power of God. This shall be thy lot therefore go forth and and all shall be right with thee

We seal these blessings upon thy head and seal thee up to eternal life, and say no power shall take thy crown, and God shall give thee all thy heart desires. ...

[Diaries of Hosea Stout]

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