185 years ago today - Apr 8, 1838

Patriarchal Blessing of Alexander S. Standley given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... Thou shalt have power to remove mountains, if expedient, thou shalt raise the dead, prophesy, speak in tongues, and proclaim the gospel, and thousands and tens of thousands shall obey the mandate-of-Heaven throu[gh] thy ministry and be stars of rejoicing in the days of the Lord Jesus.

Thou shalt have power over the elements, water shall not stay thee, prisons shall not hold thee, and some will think thee to be God, and seek to worship thee, and no power shall be kept from thee. Thou shalt have power to head the sick, to open the eyes of the blind, and to unstop the ears of the deaf, to cause the lame to walk and the tongue of the dumb to sing. Thou shalt go forth among the nations, and upon the islands of the sea gather up great companies of orphan children and bring them to Zion, and thou shalt have great power over the treasures of the earth, and when thou hast no other means thou shalt go and dig treasures out of the earth to supply their wants. Thou shalt see visions and behold the glories of the other world. Thou shalt preach to the spirits in prisons, and what shall I say more. Thy blessings are great, the hundredth part are not spoken, neither can they be written. Thou shalt receive an inheritance in Zion, and stand with the hundreth forty and four thousand servants of God sealed out of the Twelve Tribes of Isreal [Israel]. These blessings I seal thee up unto eternal life in the name of Jesus Christ, and by the authority of my office according to the will of my Heavenly Father, even so, amen.

[Patriarchal Blessings]

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