165 years ago today - Dec 25, 1857

[Patriarchal Blessing of Brigham Young by John Young]
... Your mind shall expand, the visions of the heavens shall be opened before you that you may comprehend the fulness of the truths of heaven. ... you are a chosen vessel to bear the weight of the kingdom and the vessels of the Lord, to stand as a mighty man upon the earth. ... the revelations of Jesus shall be with you ... and the time also shall come when you shall not only have power over the United States, but over the nations of the earth... you shall rise in the scale of intelligence until you become associated with the Gods. From your loins apostles, prophets and kings shall spring; ... and you shall yet converse with the Lord as did the brother of Jared; ... If you keep humble, which you will, you shall have a fulness of joy, live on the earth many years, even till your head is white as the pure wool or as snow, and your mouth shall continue to speak words of life to thousands and millions of the inhabitants of the earth ...

[Brigham Young Collection, Archives, Church History Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah, in The Complete Discourses of Brigham Young, Ed. Richard S. Van Wagoner, Smith-Pettit Foundation, Salt Lake City (2009), http://bit.ly/BY-discourses]

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