Revelation through Joseph Smith to John C. Bennett
Behold my servant Joseph Smith hath been a true and faithful prophet, seer and revelator to my people and hath suffered many and grievous persecutions, afflictions and sorrows, and he shall in no case lose his reward, and he shall be a great King and Imperial Primate over all Israel; but the time will come when he shall be gathered unto his fathers and another shall take his office. Therefore, thus saith the Lord God, behold my servants Hyrum Smith and Sidney Rigdon shall be prophets, seers and revelators, and first presidents to my people, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but they shall not officiate nor usurp authority while Joseph yet liveth, yet they shall be with him in the triumvirate, and shall be viceroys in the executive dominion. One of them shall survive Joseph and shall be as Joseph unto my people; yea, he shall be the Imperial Primate to all Israel and over all authorities and ecclesiastical powers, and his counselors shall be viceroy as in the reign of Joseph; and should I take the other to myself, what is that to thee.
It is not meet that the first presidency thus constituted ([the president] being imperial primate, and the councilors, viceroys, and the three composing the triumvirate,) should govern my church and the people with all singular, the plenary, temporal and spiritual powers, prerogative and immunities which appertain to their high and honorable calling, to act as executive of my church and people. Joseph, Hyrum and Sidney are fruitful vines, and in great wisdom shall they establish the saints in a perpetual foundation, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it or them; for as the key of doctrine has been given unto Joseph, so shall the key of conquest be given to Sidney, and the great key of the father shall be given [unto Hyrum is implied here}, and by them the saints shall prevail, and the riches and honor, and power and dominion; and great glory shall accrue to them and their posterity after them, for ever and ever.
Hearken unto me then my servant John C. Bennett, for my servant Joseph Smith’s sake, saith the Lord your God, and show unto my people the pattern shown thee this day, by my servant Joseph Smith, for the organization of my people, and the full establishment of Zion, and seal up this revelation and preserve it while Joseph yet pure and sacred, and at his decease thou shall give it to him who may be appointed to receive it: to Emma Smith, Amasa Lyman or George W. Robinson, and the blessing of heaven shall rest upon thee, and he that blesseth thee shall be blessed, and he that curseth thee shall be cursed, for thou art sealed up and shall never fall; but shouldst thou not obey the Lord in this thing, and strictly observe the pattern shown thee by Joseph, for the organization and establishment of the Halcyon Order which excelleth all things before given unto men; or shouldst thou fail in any one thing to make the pattern complete and perfect as Joseph hath received it from me, wrath and indignation shall be poured out upon thee without mixture
Behold the great day of apostasy is at hand, and after the kingdom shall be set up there shall be great wickedness, such as never was before, and my people will reject their prophet and refuse council, and they will set up strange gods, and follow rulers that will usurp authority for filthy lucre’s sake. And the apostasy shall be great, and they shall be ruled by twelve horns pushing them to destruction; but the righteous shall be saved, for they shall follow the head, and the presidency shall stand, and the horns shall be lopped off; and there shall be wars and commotions, but be not troubled, for many of the apostasy will turn to God, and he who holdeth the key of conquest shall prevail, and the remnant of my people who follow not that ruler shall be cut off from the true fold, Israel shall be rejected of their great wickedness and their abominations, for the cup of their iniquity is full, and their great city shall be destroyed, and the people shall be scattered and driven; but the true church shall be gathered to a delightsome city (Nauvoo), and afterwards many will go unto the land that I will tell them of by my servants the prophets in that day—a land flowing with milk and honey (Jackson Co).
Thy wife Emma shall be great, for she holdeth records and a great key of knowledge that the apostasy know not of, and by it she shall have great power, for she will yet humble herself before that prophet, who shall rule in those days, and he shall lift her up, and all saints shall bless her. Her diadem shall be brighter than the gems of Egypt, and a host shall follow her council.
The glory of Zion doth not yet appear, for the kingdom that shall be set up shall be dissolved, and the kingdom holding the new keys shall prevail; and her illuminati, and her prices, and her dukes, and her mighty men, and her valiant men, and her nobles, and all her faithful ones shall be prophets, priests and kings to me, and they shall be decorated with gems and costly array, with diadems and great glory. The pattern of things is perfect, and the halcyons shall all be accepted, and most of the men whose names are given in the pattern shall be faithful and true, and they shall be great in the earth, and my servant, the prophet, holding the key of conquest, shall consummate all these things, and all who will not hearken to the voice of that king shall be cut off from amongst my people; for iniquity shall not prevail over righteousness and virtue; but the abominable, and they that do wickedly, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. Stand still, therefore, and obey God. Cease to do evil and learn to do well; for all these things shall come to pass in this generation. So mote it be, Amen.
Joseph Smith Farm and Barn Dream
(History of the Church 6:609 – 610) I was back in Kirtland, Ohio, and thought I would take a walk out by myself, and view my old farm, which I found grown up with weeds and brambles, and altogether bearing evidence of neglect and want of culture. I went into the barn which I found without floor or doors, with the weather – boarding off, and was altogether in keeping with the farm.
While I viewed the desolation around me, and was contemplating how it might be recovered from the curse upon it, there came rushing into the barn a company of furious men, who commenced to pick a quarrel with me. The leader of the party ordered me to leave the barn and farm, stating it was none of mine, and that I must give up all hope of ever possessing it. I told him the farm was given me by the Church, and although I had not had any use of it for some time back, still I had not sold it, and according to righteous principles it belonged to me or the Church. He then grew furious and began to rail upon me, and threaten me, and said it never did belong to me nor to the Church. I then told him that I did not think it worth contending about, that I had no desire to live upon it in its present state, and if he thought he had a better right I would not quarrel with him about it but leave, but my assurance that I would not trouble him at present did not seem to satisfy him, as he seemed determined to quarrel with me, and threatened me with destruction of my body.
While he was thus engaged, pouring out his bitter words upon me, a rabble rushed in and nearly filled the barn, drew out their knives, and began to quarrel among themselves for the premises, and for a moment forgot me, at which time I took the ;opportunity to walk out of the barn about up to my ankles in mud. When I was a little distance from the barn, I heard them screeching and screaming in a very distressed manner, as it appeared they had engaged in a general fight with their knives. While they were thus engaged, the dream or vision ended.
White Horse Prophecy
(Visions of the Latter-days, Kraut) I want to tell you something. I will speak in a parable like unto John the Revelator. You will be in the Rocky Mountains, and you will be a great and mighty people established there, which I will call the White Horse of Peace and Safety. When the Prophet said you will see it, I asked him, ‘Where will you be at that time?’ He said, ‘I shall never go there.’ Your enemies will continue to follow you with persecutions and will make obnoxious laws against you in Congress to destroy the White Horse, but you will have a friend to defend you to throw out the worst part of the laws, so they will not hurt much. You must continue to petition Congress all the time, but they will not give you your rights but will govern you with strangers and commissioners; you will see the Constitution of the United States almost destroyed; it will hang by a thread, as it were, as fine as the finest silk fiber.
At this point, the Prophet’s countenance became said; he said, ‘I love the Constitution, it was made by the inspiration of God, and it will be preserved and saved by the efforts of the White Horse and the Red Horse, who will combine in its defense’. The White Horse will raise an ensign on the tops of the mountains of peace and safety. The White Horse will find the mountains full of minerals and they will become very rich. You will see silver piled in the streets. You will see gold shoveled up like sand. Gold will be of little value even in a mercantile capacity, for the people of the world will have something else to do in seeking for salvation. The time will come when the banks in every nation will fail and only two places will be safe where people can deposit their gold and treasures. These places will be the White Horse and England’s vaults.
A terrible revolution will take place in the land of America, such as has never been seen before; for the land will literally be left without a supreme government and every species of wickedness will run rampant, Father will be against son and son against father, mother against daughter, and daughter against mother. The most terrible scenes of murder and bloodshed and rapine that have ever been looked upon will take place.
Peace will be taken from the earth and there will be no peace only in the Rocky Mountains. This will cause many thousands of the honest in heart to gather there; not because they would be saints, but for safety and because they would not take up the sword against their neighbor.
You will be so numerous that you will be in danger of famine, but not for the want of seed time and harvest, but because of so many to be fed. Many will come with bundles under their arms to escape the calamities, and there will be no escape except by fleeing to Zion.
Those that come to you will try to keep the laws and be one with you, for they will see your unity and the greatness of your organization The Turkish Empire will be one of the first powers to be disrupted, for freedom must be given for the Gospel to be preached in the Holy Land.
The Lord took the best blood of the nations and planted them on the small island now called England and Great Britain, and gave them great power in the nations for a thousand years and their power will continue with them, that they might keep the balance of power and keep Russia from usurping her power over all the world. England and France are now bitter enemies, but they will be allied together and be united to keep Russia from conquering the world.
The two Popes, Greek and Catholic, will come together and be united. The Protestant religions do not know how much they are indebted to Henry the VIII for throwing off the Pope’s Bull and establishing the Protestant faith. He was the only monarch who could do so at the time, and he did it because this nation, England, was at his back to sustain him. One of the peculiar features of England is the established red coat, a uniform making so remarkable a mark to shoot at, and yet they have conquered wherever they have gone. The reason for this will be known by them some day. The Lion and the Unicorn of Israel is their ensign; the wisdom and statesmanship of England comes from having so much of the blood of Israel In the nation.
While the terrible revolution of which I have spoken has been going on, England will be neutral until it becomes so inhuman that she will interfere to stop the shedding of blood. England and France will unite together to make peace, not to subdue the nations; they will find the nations so broken up and so many claiming government, till there will be no responsible government. Then it will appear to the other nations as though England had taken possession of the country. The Black Horse will flee to the invaders and will join with them, for they have fear of becoming slaves again, knowing England did not believe in slavery, fleeing to them they believe would make them safe; armed with British bayonets, the doings of the black horse will be terrible. (Here the Prophet said he could not bear to look on the scene as shown him in vision and asked the Lord to close the scene.)
Continuing, he said, ‘During this time the great White Horse will have gathered strength sending out Elders to gather the honest in heart among the Pale Horse, or people of the United States, to stand by the Constitution of the United States, as it was given by inspiration of God.’’
In these days God will set up a kingdom, never to be thrown down, for other kingdoms to come unto. And these kingdoms that will not let the gospel be preached will be humbled until they will. England Germany, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland and Belgium have a considerable amount of the blood of Israel among their people which must be gathered. These nations will submit to the Kingdom of God. England will be the last of these kingdoms to surrender; but when she does, she will do it as a whole in comparison as she threw off the Catholic power. The nobility know that he gospel is true, but it has not enough pomp and grandeur and influence for them to embrace it.
They are proud and will not acknowledge that kingdom of God, or come unto it until they see the power which it will have. Peace and safety in the Rocky Mountains will be protected by a cordon band of the White Horse and the Red Horse.
The coming of the Messiah among this people will be so natural that only those who see Him will know that He has come, but He will come and give His laws unto Zion, and minister unto His people. This will not be His coming in the clouds of Heaven to take vengeance on the wicked of the world.
The temple in Jackson County will be built in this generation. The saints will think there is not time enough to build it; built with the help you will receive, you can put up a great temple quickly. They will have all the gold, silver, and precious stones; for these things only will be used for the beautifying of the temple; all the skilled mechanics you want, and the Ten Tribes of Israel will help you build it. When you see this land bound with iron, you may look toward Jackson County.
At this point, he made a pause, and looking up as though the vision was still in view, he said, ‘There is a land beyond the Rocky Mountains that will be invaded by the heathen Chinese unless great care and protection are given. Where there is no law, there is no condemnation, and this will apply to them (the heathen nations). Power will be given the White Horse to rebuke nations afar off, and they will be one with the White Horse, but when the law goes forth they will obey; for the law will go forth from Zion. The last great struggle Zion will have to contend with will be when the whole of the Americans will be made the Zion of our God. Those opposing will be called Gog and Magog (some of the nations of the world led by Russian Czar) and their power will be great, but all the opposition will be overcome and then this land will be the Zion of our God’
George Washington Dream
(Visions of the Latter-day, Kraut) Presently I heard a voice saying, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ While at the same time my visitor extended her arm eastwardly. I now beheld a heavy white vapor at some distance rising fold upon fold. This gradually dissipated, and I looked upon a strange scene. Before me lay spread out in one vast plain all the countries of the world, Europe, Asia, Africa and America. I saw rolling and tossing between Europe and America the billows of the Atlantic, and between Asia and America lay the Pacific. ‘Son of the Republic,’ said the same mysterious voice as before, ‘look and learn.’ At that moment I beheld a dark shadowy being like an angel standing or rather floating in mid-air between Europe and America. Dipping water out of the ocean in the hollow of each hand, he sprinkled some upon America with his right hand, while with his left hand he cast some on Europe. Immediately a dark cloud raised from these countries, and joined in mid-ocean. For awhile it remained stationary and then moved slowly westward, until it enveloped America in its murky folds. Sharp flashes of lightning gleamed through it at intervals, and I heard the smothered groans and cries of the American people. A second time the angel dipped water from the ocean, and sprinkled it as before. The dark cloud was then drawn back to the ocean, in whose heaving billows it sank from view. A third time I heard the mysterious voice saying, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ I cast my eyes upon America and beheld villages and town and cities springing up, one after another until the whole land from the Atlantic to the Pacific was dotted with them. Again I heard the mysterious voice say, ‘Son of the Republic, the end of the century cometh, look and learn.’
At this the dark, shadowy angel turned his face southward, and from Africa I saw an ill-omened specter approach our land. It flitted slowly and heavily over every town and city of the latter. The inhabitants presently set themselves in battle array against each other. As I continued looking, I saw a bright angel, on whose brow rested a crown of light on which was traced the word ‘union,’ bearing the American flag, which he placed between the divided nation and said ‘Remember ye are brethren.’ Instantly the inhabitants, casting from them their weapons, became friends once more, and united around the National Standard.
And again I heard the mysterious voice say, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ At this the dark, shadowy angel placed a trumpet to his mouth and blew three distinct blasts; and taking water from the ocean, he sprinkled it upon Europe, Asia and Africa. Then my eyes beheld a fearful scene: From each of these countries arose thick, black clouds that were soon joined into one. And throughout this mass there gleamed a dark red light by which I saw hordes of armed men, who moved with the cloud, marching by land and sailing by sea to America, which country was enveloped in the volume of the cloud. And I dimly saw these vast armies devastate the whole country and burn the villages, towns and cities that I had beheld springing up. As my ears listened to the thundering of the cannon, clashing of swords and shouts and cries of millions in mortal combat, I again heard the mysterious voice saying, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn.” When the voice had ceased, the dark shadowy angel placed his trumpet once more to his mouth and blew a long and fearful blast.
Instantly a light as of a thousand suns shone down from above me, and pierced and broke into fragments the dark cloud which enveloped America. At the same moment the angel upon whose head still shone the word ‘Union”, and who bore our national flag in one hand and a sword in the other descended from heaven attended by legions of bright spirits. These immediately joined the inhabitants of America, who, I perceived, were well-nigh overcome, but who, immediately taking courage again, closed up their broken ranks and renewed the battle. Again, amid the fearful noise of the conflict, I heard the mysterious voice saying, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ As the voice ceased, the shadowy angel for the last time dipped water from the ocean and sprinkled it upon America. Instantly the dark cloud rolled back, together with the armies it had brought, leaving the inhabitants of the land victorious.
Then once more I beheld villages, towns and cities springing up where they had been before, while the bright angel, planting the azure standard he had brought into the midst of them cried with a loud voice: ‘While the stars remain and the heavens sent down dew upon the earth, so long shall the Republic last.’ And taking from his brow the crown on which was blazoned and word ‘Union’, he placed it upon the standard while the people, kneeling down, said ‘Amen’.
The scene instantly began to fade and dissolve and I at last saw nothing but the rising, curling vapor I at first beheld. This also disappearing, I found myself once more gazing upon my mysterious visitor, who, in the same voice I had heard before said, ‘Son of the Republic, what you have seen is thus interpreted: Three great perils will come upon the Republic. The most fearful is the third, passing which the whole world united shall not prevail against her. Let every child of the Republic learn to live for his God, his land and union. With these words the vision vanished, and I started from my seat and felt that I had seen a vision wherein had been shown me the birth, progress and destiny of the United States.
The Book of Joseph
An account of Joseph, the son of Jacob, the son of Issac, the son of Abraham; which account was written by the hand of Moses by the word of the Lord while he dwelt in the house of Jethro the Midianite.
1 And it came to pass, Rachel, the wife of Jacob, was drawing water from a well and suddenly two angels of the Lord with shining garments stood before her saying, Fear not handmaiden of the Lord, for thou art a chosen vessel to bear a choice branch unto the Lord. And Rachel said, I know not what ye say, my lord. 2 And one of the angels said unto her, Jacob shall be a tree of life reaching unto all the earth. Over the high walls shall his branches reach. Even unto the isles of the sea which are afar off. And his seed shall rule all lands and trample down all people, for the Lord God Almighty shall make strong his seed. 3 Rachel, thy reproach is taken away from thee and thou shalt bare a son, and thou shalt call his name Joseph, for the Lord thy God shall make him two great nations, yea, even mighty nations before him. 4 And immediately Rachel ran down unto Jacob and sayeth unto him, the Lord hath taken away my reproach, and openeth my womb, and I shall bare thee a son which shall be two great and mighty nations before the Lord. 5 And when Jacob heard this he rejoiced and did offer a burnt offering unto the Lord saying: O Lord God, yea, even the Most High God of heaven and earth, surely through my seed shalt thou show thyself faithful of the promises made unto my fathers. 6 And as the sweet smelling aroma did ascend unto heaven which did fill the nostrils of the Lord. And the Lord did hear Jacob. 7 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto Jacob over the burnt offering and said: Jacob, Jacob, the Lord is well pleased with thee. Thou shalt be given a son and shalt call his name Joseph. For he shall be a great and mighty nation before the Lord. And out of the loins of Joseph shall the Lord bring many sons into His glory. 8 And it came to pass Jacob said unto Laban, Suffer me to take my wives and my children for whom I have served thee and let me go down and dwell in my own country. For I have served thee well and my time is at hand. 9 And Laban said unto him, I beg thee abide with me, if I have found favor with thee. For I know of a surety that the gods have blessed me and my house for thy sake and for the sake of thy seed. 10 And Jacob said, I am sore desirous to depart unto mine own land. And Laban said, what shall I give unto thee, that thou abide with me? 11 And Jacob answered Laban, saying: If thou wilt suffer me this day to pass though thine herds and take of the spotted and speckled and striped cattle; and of the spotted and speckled and striped goats; 12 and of the spotted and speckled and striped sheep, yea, of any speckled and spotted and striped beast which liveth among thy flocks, I shall stay and serve thee. And Laban said, so be it as thou sayest. 13 And so Jacob took possession of all the livestock which Laban had givenuntohim.
1 And it came to pass, while Jacob was tending his flocks the angel of the Lord appeared unto him saying: take sticks of this tree which The Lord hath prepared and set them before the cisterns of which the livestock drinketh that they may conceive. 2 And so Jacob set the sticks before the cisterns as the angel of the Lord had commanded. And when the flocks were come to drink, they conceived before the sticks. 3 And it came to pass, the flocks brought forth speckled and spotted and striped offspring. And Jacob put his own flocks in a yonder place, and allowed them not to mingle with Laban’s flocks. 4 And it came to pass, when the stronger cattle conceived, Jacob did lay the sticks before their eyes one each side of the cistern, that they might conceive between the sticks and bare speckled and spotted and striped offspring according to the word of the Lord. 5 Now when Laban discovered this he was wroth, and came against Jacob saying, why hast thou dealt deceitfully with me, that thou mightest get gain deceitfully? Have I not been a gracious provider unto thee and all thine house? 6 And in this manner did Laban severely accuse Jacob that he might persuade him to give unto him a portion of Jacob’s increase. 7 And lo, the angel of the Lord appeared unto them as they were speaking. 8 And Laban fell to the ground and hid his face for he was sore afraid at the sight. 9 And the Angel of the Lord said unto Laban, I have commanded Jacob to do this thing that thou mayest know that The Lord respecteth Jacob and not Laban. 10 For thou hast dealt deceitfully with Jacob. And hast made him serve thee unjustly seven years. And know thou this: that the Lord shall rescue the oppressed and judge the unjust in due season, to reward the righteous and to destroy the wicked. 11 Yea, the righteous shall inherit the wealth of the wicked and the fatness of all the earth: for the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. 12 The wicked shall prosper for a season; howbeit the Lord keepeth his eye on the righteous and on the wicked, and shall judge them in the time which he hath appointed for his own purpose. 13 And in the latter time, the wicked shall be exceedingly prosperous seven years. And then the Lord shall come suddenly and pronounce swift judgment upon them and destroy them all. Yea, the God of heaven and earth shall smite them with the fury of his wrath which shall be poured out upon their heads without mixture. Then shall the wealth of those who do wickedly be given unto the sons of righteousness who shall shine like the stars. And the sons of righteousness shall inherit the earth forever, yea, even shall they shine upon it forever and ever. And the earth shall not pass into the hand of another. 14 When Laban heard this he did heap dust upon his head and said, forgive me this wrong, my Lord. If there is anything which Jacob desireth, the same may he freely take. I pray thee, lord, spare my life and my house. 15 And the Angel of the Lord appeared unto Jacob and said, take thy wives and all thy possessions and return to thine own land. And take the gods of Laban that he may know that the Lord is the Most High God over all the earth. And so did Jacob as the Lord had commanded. 16 And when Laban had perceived that his idols were removed, he was hot with fury. And said to his kindred and slaves, who hath removed the gods from before the altar? 17 And none in Laban’s house knew whither they had been taken. 18 And Laban went to the place where Jacob had dwelt, and finding him not, Laban uttered cursings against him in the names of his gods. 19 And Laban and his kin and all of his slaves did pursue Jacob. And when they had found Jacob and his kin, Laban seized Jacob by the throat and said, I have offered thee that thou mayest take any of my possessions. Yea, even of my gold and silver, and mine own daughters mayest thou freely take. 20 Why didst thou dishonor me by taking my gods and thereby bring a curse upon my head and upon my house? 21 And behold the word of the Lord came unto Jacob and Laban in the midst of their disputation and said, the Lord hast commanded Jacob to take thine idols that the house of Laban might know that the Lord is the Most High God over all the earth, yea, even the Most High over the house of Laban. 22 Yea, the Lord is God even over all nations and kindred’s of the earth. For the earth is mine, and the fullness thereof, sayeth the Lord. And there is no other. And I, the Lord, exalteth as many as I will, and debaseth as many as I will: for men are as grasshoppers unto me. And none can stay my hand. Who has an arm like unto the Lord’s? Who hath frustrated Him when he hath decreed his decree? 23 And Laban began to tremble exceedingly before the Lord. And his countenance became exceedingly fearful. 24 And the Lord said, Behold thy gods! And the idols of Laban did melt before the eyes of Jacob and Laban as they stood by. 25 And a chariot of the Lord did he cause to pass by. And the noise thereof was like the sound of mighty rushing waters. Awesome and terrible was the sound of it. And the chariot had the appearance of lightning and fire was in his mouth. Awesome and terrible was the sight to behold in the eyes of Jacob and Laban. 26 And the Lord did cause a violent whirlwind to appear which did scatter the ashes of the idols of Laban whereby they could be found no more at all. And Jacob and Laban fell to their faces and cried out: how marvelous and terrible is the hand of the Lord God! 26 And the Lord said unto Laban, Behold, thou and thine house also shall likewise perish if ye do not repent before the Lord this day, and forsake the gods of gold, and the gods of silver, and the gods of wood, and the gods of stone: 27 Gods which are fashioned by the hand of a man when he sayeth in his heart: I shall fashion a god and bring my hand upon it; and use my tools upon it. And I shall bow down before it. 28 Behold, they are gods which can neither see, nor can they hear; neither can they speak. They are gods that are no gods, for the Lord Most High is the one true living God who dwelleth in the heavens and who reigns over all the earth. 29 And He did make the sun, and the moon, and the stars, and yea, even all of the sons of men. And they are merely dust in his hand and breath from his mouth. 30 And Jacob and Laban were astonished at all the things which the Lord had said and done before them. And Laban made a vow that he and his house should serve the true and living God for ever. 31 And after the angel of the Lord had departed, Jacob offered a choice lamb unto the Lord for a sacrifice for the sake of Laban and his house. And Laban returned unto his house.
1 And it came to pass, Rachel did bring forth a son. And she called his name Joseph. 2 And the Angel of the Lord appeared unto Jacob in a dream saying, Joseph shall be two great and mighty nations in the hand of the Lord. 3 These nations shall be greater than any nations upon the face of the earth. Howbeit, only a remnant shall see my face and live. 4 Behold, wisdom shall increase in the latter time. And men shall make weapons of war; yea, even terrible weapons which shall touch the power of the Most High. 5 And the seed of Joseph shall believe a lie, wherein the terrible weapons shall be for the protection of their lands. And wo unto them, for the people shall be deceived. 6 And the Lord showed Jacob a vision, and said: behold, the mighty men of the earth shall lay an awful scheme by the word of their god, that they should destroy the Lord when he shall visit men at the appointed time when he shall reward the sons of men according to their works. 7 And all nations shall gather together in the heart of the earth to make war with the Lord, even the almighty king of heaven and earth. Wo, wo, wo unto the chief princes of the earth, even unto the seed of Dan, who hath made gold their god and a lie their refuge: 8 Who have said among themselves: the Lord is no god wherein we should fear him, for by our mighty power have we become gods ourselves and have spread abroad ourselves over all the earth. Yet shall they be judged and cut off from among the sons of Jacob. 9 Thus sayeth the Lord: The wicked plot in vain. And they shall drink from the cup of vanity which they have grasped: for the Lord himself shall utterly destroy them all by the brightness of his terrible presence. 10 And lo, those who plot in vain have over them a king; even he whose name is the liar from the beginning, even Azaziel, he who was a guardian of the presence 11 Yea, Azaziel shall be bound; even he who hath granted them their great authority and their seat and who hath whispered lies into their ears like a cunning serpent which lieth in the dust. The Lord himself shall come and bind him with cords which cannot be loosed, and seal him up with a seal which cannot be broken. 12 For Azaziel hath led them astray by his corrupted wisdom which hath become folly in the sight of heaven. Wo unto him for he hath laid waste the cities of the garden of God and made the inhabitants of the earth stumble exceedingly, causing them to be drunk from the cup of blindness, yea, even to feast from the table of rebellion. 13 Comfort thyself with these words, thou beloved Jacob. For verily, the Lord reigns supreme over all the gods and shall swiftly mete out justice which cannot be overthrown. Amen. 14 And Jacob was astonished at all the Lord had shown him: for weak was his understanding, and without strength was his soul in the presenceoftheLord.
1 And it came to pass, Joseph, the son of Jacob, grew in stature unto a man. And Joseph was a peculiar child, full of knowledge and wisdom. 2 And is came to pass the angel of the Lord appeared to Jacob and said, make a tunic for thy son Joseph, and place on it the holy emblems of the priesthood of the Lord thy God. 3 And lay thine hands on him and grant unto him to be a priest unto the Most High God. And instruct him in the hidden wisdom of the Lord, even the hidden treasures of knowledge which have been known among thy fathers: 4 For I shall cause Joseph to go down into the land of the sun, a land full of idolatry and iniquity, and I shall cause him to be a savior among the people for the sake of thy seed. 5 And he shall bare the priesthood of the Most High, and become a mighty ruler among the Egyptians. And the Lord shall bless whomsoever he shall bless, and curse whomsoever he shall curse: for my name shall be in him. And great shall be his name in the land. Wherefore Pharaoh shall know that he is a prince with God. 6 And behold, he shall seal up the blessings of the priesthood for the generations which are afar off, that the Most High may have witness for Himself in the latter time, before the great and final day when the Lord himself shall come and reward the sons of men according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil. Even so. Amen. 7 And so Jacob made a tunic according to the word of the Lord. And he did place it upon his son Joseph. And blessed him with all of the hidden blessings of wisdom. 8 And Jacob instructed him in the hidden wisdom of the Lord, whereunto Joseph should be a priest of the Most High God. 9 Now when the brothers of Joseph had discovered that Jacob had made Joseph a priest unto the Most High God they were filled with the spirit of jealousy. 10 And they gathered unto their father Jacob saying, why hast thou given that Joseph should receive a tunic and become a priest unto the Lord and not us also? 11 And Jacob rebuked them saying, Joseph is a chosen vessel whom the Lord hath chosen, and it is according to his purposes. Who are ye that ye dare accuse God? 12 Verily, the Lord hath chosen him for his own purposes and ye shall well abide under it. For this is the word of the Lord. 13 And when Jacob had finished speaking, his sons murmured among themselves. 14 And it came to pass; Joseph dreamed a dream, wherein he saw all of the flocks of his brothers bowing down to his flocks. And Joseph boasted of this before his brothers. 15 And his brothers mocked him saying, shalt thou become a prince over us? And his brothers murmured among themselves. 16 And it came to pass, Joseph dreamed another dream. And said unto his brothers, I have dreamed a dream wherein the sun, and the moon and the stars did bow low before me. 17 And his brothers mocked him saying, as the Lord liveth and as we live, thy blood shall be spilt on the ground before we fear thee. 18 And his brothers murmured among themselves how they might kill Joseph. And a servant of Jacob secretly spied them. 19 And when Jacob heard of this he said unto Joseph: do not fear my son: as the Lord hath decreed his decree, thou shalt be a prince over me and all mine house. 20 Yet pride hath filled thine heart. Let no boasting be found at all in thy mouth, yea, neither in thine heart, lest thou fall under condemnation: for the Lord God doth hate a proud and boastful heart. 21 Thou didst come into this world naked and thou shalt leave it naked. 22 And remember this, my son, the Lord exalteth whom he will, and the Lord abaseth whom he will. Therefore thou shalt keep thine heart humble before him all the days of thy life. 23 And Joseph was pierced in his heart, and durst not open his mouth again for to boast.
1 And it came to pass, Joseph was in the desert seeking his brethren and they seized upon him, and mocked him, saying: behold, our prince is come unto us. Mayest thou live long, and may thy kingdom be forever! 2 And they worshipped him in mocking fashion, saying, have mercy on us O king! Save us, O mighty one! 3 And they seized upon Joseph to kill him. And Dan drew his sword and thrust it into the side of Joseph, howbeit it pierced not his flesh. 4 And all who stood by were astonished. And Reuben said, Verily, the Lord hath surely chosen him, and the power of the Most High dwelleth with him. 5 Suffer not our hands to shed his blood, for his blood should surely cry up to the Lord against us, and great would be the curse against our children unto seven generations. 6 Yea, rather, let us cast him into a pit wherein he may perish for lack of meat or may be eaten by wild beasts, and thus shall our hands be free of his blood. And so they seized the tunic which Jacob had made for Joseph and cast Joseph into a pit naked for to die. 7 Now, after Joseph’s brothers had departed from the pit into which they had cast Joseph, a band of Midianites came nigh unto it. 8 And Hanok, the chief of the Midianites, said unto Joseph, I perceive that a great evil hath befallen thee. What shalt thou give unto me that I remove thee from this pit. 9 And Joseph said unto them, I shall serve thee all the days of my life if thou removest me from this pit. Therefore, I pray thee, go unto my Father’s house and tell my father whereunto thou shalt take me, for it is the will of the Most High God that I should go with thee. 10 And Hanok said, so shall it be. And so Hanok commanded his sons to remove Joseph from the pit. 11 And Hanok sent one of his servants to Jacob that Jacob might know of the thing which had befallen Joseph. And after the servant had spoken the thing which had befallen Joseph, Jacob said unto him: this thing is by the hand of God. 12 And Jacob wept bitterly. And Jacob bade the servant of Hanok to stay with him. 13 And while Joseph’s brothers were eating the evening meat, Judah said, let us not suffer our brother to die. For the Lord shall surely avenge his death upon our heads and our children. 14 Therefore let us sell him to that yonder band of the sons of Ishmael that his blood be not upon us. And so they were agreed as one and bound themselves by an oath. 15 Howbeit when Reuben returned to the pit whereunto they had cast Joseph he saw that Joseph was not there. 16 Then Reuben rent his tunic and said, what hath befallen our brother Joseph? May the Lord forgive us this evil which we have done unto our own brother whom the Lord hath chosen! And Reuben was bitterly sorrowful. 17 And the brothers of Joseph took a goat and slew it. And they took of the blood of the goat and put it on the tunic which Jacob had made for Joseph. 18 And when they had returned to their father, they said unto Jacob that Joseph had been overcome by a wild beast. And when Jacob heard this he rent his tunic, and put on sackcloth, and cast ashes upon his head for many days crying out, O my son, O my son! 19 Howbeit Jacob knew that Joseph had not suffered the evil. And he kept the matter in his heart. 20 And Jacob took Joseph’s tunic and folded it up in a cloth and gave it unto the servant of Hanok and said: 21 Deliver unto Joseph this tunic and all shall be well with thee and thine house: for the Most High God hath ordained it so. And the servant of Hanok said, I shall surely do it. 22 And Jacob said, thou must swear an oath that thou keepest the matter in thine heart. And thou must not suffer thine eyes to gaze upon the tunic lest thou be cursed: for it is holy unto the Most High God. 23 And so they took a ram and made an covenant to keep the matter secret. And Jacob said unto the servant of Hanok: so shall it be unto thee if thou shalt break this covenant. 24 And so the servant of Hanok departed and delivered the tunic unto Joseph.
1 And it came to pass, Hanok the Midianite sold Joseph to an Egyptian whose name was Potifar. 2 And Potifar had respect for Joseph seeing that he was a stout man and full of knowledge and wisdom. And so Potifar made Joseph the master over his whole house. 3 And Joseph served Potifar well. And the Lord greatly blessed the house of Potifar on account of Joseph. 4 And Joseph taught wisdom unto Potifar, yea, even in all the ways of the Lord. And Potifar did forsake the gods of Egypt to serve the living God, even the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 5 And Joseph taught Potifar the hidden wisdom of the Lord, even of the holy priesthood of God. And Potifar became a priest unto the Most High God at the hand of Joseph. 6 And it came to pass, Shinmin, the wife of Potifar, did set her eyes upon
Joseph. And Shinmin said unto Joseph, come and lie with me. 7 And Joseph said unto her, I shall surely not lie with thee, for I have made a oath unto the Lord. Who art thou tempt the Lord? 8 Howbeit Shinmin relented not. And so Shinmin said unto Joseph, if thou liest not with me, I shall cause thee to be cast into the prison until thou repent. 9 And Joseph said, by my head and by the Lord of Hosts, I shall never lie with thee. 10 And it came to pass, one day while Joseph was walking in Potifar’s house, Shinmin seized his garment, saying, I beg thee, lie with me. For my master hath utterly forsaken me. 11 Howbeit Joseph refused to lie with the woman, that he fled naked out of the house. 12 And after Joseph had fled, Shinmin called for Potifar. And when Potifar had returned to the house, she cried unto him saying: 13 The Hebrew which thou didst bring into this house, seized me saying, lie with me. Howbeit I lied not with him, and he became wroth and did struggle against me; and I seized his tunic that he hath fled naked out of the house. 14 So Potifar commanded his slaves to seek after Joseph and deliver him up. 15 And when Joseph was delivered unto Potifar, he said, I have given thee to be the master over my whole house. Yea, there is save I alone over thee. Why hast thou dealt with me in this manner, to bring shame upon my house? 16 And Joseph said, I have done no evil unto thee, my lord. The wife of thy youth did seize my tunic and did plead with me to lie with her. And for righteousness sake and because of mine oath, I lied not with her. 17 And Potifar said unto Joseph: of a surety, I know that the thing which thou speakest is true. 18 And Potifar said, Of a truth, thou hast not sinned. Yet for the sake of reproach, I must deliver thee to prison for a little season, for thou art an Hebrew slave in Egypt, and Pharoah shall be sore displeased if he heareth of the matter, and lest he take away my name and my house I must do this thing. 19 So Potifar delivered Joseph to the prison saying to the master, fear him as thou fearest me, for he is full of the spirit of the living God over all the earth. 20 Inasmuch as thou entreat him like a brother, the living God shall bless thee and thine house. 21 And so the master of the prison feared Joseph. And when the master had perceived that Joseph was full of wisdom he made him chief over all the prisoners. 22 And Joseph became known unto the house of Pharoah.
1 And it came to pass, Pharoah sent for Joseph Ben Jacob: for he had become renown in Egypt as one having the spirit of the gods, and an interpreter of dreams. 2 And Pharoah said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and in all of the land of my kingdom neither my wise men nor my watchers have been able to tell the meaning thereof. 3 Howbeit I perceive that thou, Joseph, art filled with the wisdom of the lofty ones. 4 I pray thee, tell me the meaning of my dream and thou shalt be greatly rewarded, for verily, all of Egypt lieth in mine hand. 5 And Joseph said, mayest thou live forever, O king. Verily, I am dust and ashes, and there is no wisdom in me. Howbeit the Spirit of the Lord Most High who is with me can tell the meaning thereof. 6 And Pharoah said, this is the dream which I have dreamed: 7 There were seven fatted heifers drinking from a brook. And behold seven sickly heifers appeared and did devour the seven fatted heifers. And thus were the seven fatted heifers no more. 8 The dream hath troubled me that sleep is fled far away from me; and I lay troubled on my bed. Therefore I pray thee, Joseph, shew me the meaning thereof, that I may have peace. 9 And Joseph, said, may peace be unto thee, O king. Thus saith the Lord who is the Most High God over all the earth: 10 It shall come to pass, there shall be seven years of bounteous harvest. And after the seven years are passed, a fearsome woe shall overtake the land. 11 And Joseph fell on his face before Pharoah and cried, after the seven years of bounteous harvest are passed, there shall be seven years of famine; yea, even a sore famine which hath not ever been in Egypt nor in all the earth. 12 Thus saith the Most High God, take of thy bounteous harvest and lay up unto the seven years of famine, and the life of thee and those of thy kingdom shall not utterly perish. 13 And if thou heedest not, thy people shall become a great abhorrence unto the whole earth. There shall be death of man and beast such as there has never been on the face of the whole earth. 14 And so Pharoah took his seal and placed it upon Joseph. 15 And there was not anyone in the land of Egypt who was greater than Joseph save Pharoah. Thus did the Lord bless Joseph.
1 And it came to pass, the angel of the Lord appeared unto Joseph in a dream saying, Joseph, thou art a chosen vessel from among the children of men and a great blessing unto all the earth. 2 Thou shalt become two great and mighty nations in the hand of the Lord: for the Lord exalteth whom he will, and the Lord abaseth whom he will. And who can stay his mighty hand? 3 And the Lord performeth this that he may richly reward his faithful among the sons of men with the riches of the earth. For the Lord delighteth in the righteousness of his children, that he may prosper them with all blessing. 4 Therefore walk humbly before thy God; for this day I have ordained thee to be a savior in the land of Egypt, wherein the Egyptians shall bare thee on their shoulders and call thee blessed; Moreover, thou shalt preserve thine house and the holy wisdom of the Lord from destruction. 5 And when many days have passed, thy seed shall be cause for a great work of the Lord in the sight of the heathen unto the glory of the Lord. 6 And when Joseph did awaken from his sleep, he was astonished at all the Lord had said unto him.
1 And it came to pass, the Lord gave Asenath the daughter of Potifar to Joseph. And Asenath became the wife of Joseph at the hand of Potifar. 2 And the Lord placed his seal upon them. 3 And it came to pass, Joseph knew his wife and she conceived. And Asenath bare Joseph two sons. And they named the first Manasseh and the second Ephraim according to the word of the Lord. 4 And the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream saying, thy sons Manasseh and Ephraim shall be two mighty nations before the Lord. 5 And they shall be as two stiffnecked and rebellious goats which runneth away when they heareth the voice of the shepherd. In the latter time they shall be a scourge and a terror and shall fight the Lord when he comes to reward the sons of men. 6 Howbeit, a remnant shall be faithful unto the Lord. And the He shall give them the earth as an inheritance with thee after I have raised up thy bones from the dust. 7 And the Lord spake again unto Joseph saying, Behold, the famine which shall overtake the land is at hand. When the famine hath become a sore burden on thy kindred, thy brothers shall appear unto thee. Be thou merciful unto them, as I am merciful unto thee, and all shall be well with thee and thy masters house.
1 And it came to pass, according to the word of the Lord, that a famine fell upon the land of Egypt and upon the lands of Jacob. 2 And the sons of Jacob said among themselves, we have little to eat; wherefore shall we suffer ourselves to perish with hunger in this place which hath been forsaken by the Lord? 3 And thus they did murmur against the Lord their God. 4 Howbeit Jacob knew of the honor which the Lord had given unto his son Joseph at the hand of Pharoah. 5 And it came to pass, Jacob said unto his sons, make haste and go down unto Egypt for the Lord hath made known unto me that there is a ruler among the Egyptians who is full of wisdom and knowledge of the Lord. 6 He shall have mercy on our souls, and shall sell grain unto you, that we live and not perish. This hath the Lord provided. 7 And so Jacob sent all of his sons, save the youngest, from their lands; and they went down to the land of Egypt. 8 And when the brothers of Joseph were come to Egypt, they sought to buy grain. 9 And a man by the way said unto them, go and seek ye Zaphnath the prince, for he selleth grain. (Zaphnath being the name given to Joseph by Pharoah.) 10 And when the brothers of Joseph did find Joseph, they bowed down low to the earth, and said, we beg thee, O prince, sell thy servants grain that we may live and not perish. 11 And immediately Joseph knew that they were his brothers who had left him for to die in the pit. 12 Howbeit the brothers of Joseph knew him not for his appearance and language was according to the Egyptians. 13 And Joseph answered coarsely unto them saying, are ye of the land of Egypt? 14 And they said, no lord, we are twelve brothers save the younger who are come out of the land of Canaan to buy grain at the word of our father, lest we die. 15 And Joseph said unto them angrily: wherefore do you come unto me? Are ye spies come to spy this land? What shall I do with you? 16 And they answered, not so, lord; we have need of grain that we perish not, for this great famine hath reached unto our land, and hath become a scourge unto us. 17 And Joseph was bitter in his heart, yet he remembered the commandment of the Lord. 18 Therefore Joseph had pity on his brothers, and forgave them in his heart of the evil which they had done unto him, yet spake he coarsely unto them saying: bring unto me your younger brother and I shall sell you grain. 19 And the brothers counseled among themselves that they might bring the younger brother unto Joseph. And Joseph heard it, howbeit the brothers knew it not, for Joseph had spoken unto them by his interpreter. 20 And when Joseph beheld them counseling among themselves, he had compassion on them. 21 And so Joseph said unto them, go unto thy land and bring thy father and thy brother. Yet Joseph kept Simeon and bound him hand and foot that he should remain. 22 And Joseph commanded his servants that they should bring unto him sacks of grain for to give his brothers. 23 And after they had mounted the sacks of grain onto their beasts, he sent them on their way.
1 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto Joseph saying, Here I Am! 2 And when Joseph turned he beheld the angel of the Lord standing in a flame of fire. And Joseph cried out saying, I am a dead man. For mine eyes have seen the glory of the king of heaven! 3 And immediately the strength of Joseph left him and he fell to the ground as a dead man. 4 And the angel of the Lord touched Joseph saying, Joseph, Joseph, stand up on thy feet as a man and fear not. 5 For thou hast been chosen from among all thy brethren; yea, even from all the sons of men which dwelleth on the earth, to be a chosen branch unto the Lord. 6 And through thy seed all the nations shall be blessed with the fruit of bounty: where the wine shall overflow the vats; and where the milk shall overflow unto the dung hills. 7 And after Joseph had arisen to his feet the Lord said: Behold the handiwork of the Lord! 8 And suddenly a strange and marvelous vision appeared before Joseph. And Joseph began to quake exceedingly, for marvelous and terrible to behold was the vision which the Lord had opened unto him. 9 And the angel of the Lord said unto Joseph: This is the kingdom which I have created for mine own purpose and it is very great. Is it not marvelous to behold? 10 And the vision multiplied before Joseph eyes. And Joseph said: what is the meaning of this, my Lord? It is great to behold and marvelous in mine eyes. 11 And the Lord said, these are lands upon which my seed abide. The land on which thou standest is one land among all of the lands which I have created by mine own my hand. And I set them on nothing, for I the Lord am the foundation of them. 12 Behold, the lands which number more than the sands of the sea. And this is my work and my great glory: to give unto my children that which I have prepared for them, yea, even all I possess. 13 And Joseph said, how great and mighty is the Lord, full of wisdom and strength and mercy: for I have never at any time considered that this could be. 14 And Joseph fell down and worshipped the Lord. 15 And the Lord said, Joseph if thou art faithful to the Lord all the days of thy life, and walk circumspectly before my face, thou shalt be lifted up, even to the throne of God, and thou shalt be a master workman in all wisdom, yea, even in all of the hidden wisdom which is the Lord’s. 16 And thou shalt inherit, with thy faithful seed with thee, the glory of the Lord. And thus shalt thou have great joy. For the Lord delights to give his children the works of his hands. 17 And thou shalt sit in my throne, yea, even the throne of God. And thou shalt be my son, and I shall be thy father, forever. Yea, even forever and ever. 18 And Joseph fell on his face and cried out, forgive my sins oh Lord, for I am not worthy to be called to such a great and marvelous honor. 19 And the Lord said unto Joseph, the Lord hath seen thy great faithfulness. Thou art more faithful than any of the sons of men upon all the face of the whole earth: 21 For the Lord casteth the proud to the dust and exalteth the humble. The power of the wicked shall be completely destroyed, yet the Lord delights in the throne of the faithful. 20 And the Lord said: look up. And when Joseph had looked up, he beheld a great multitude which had the appearance of the sons of men. And they did shine like the sun. 21 And every one of them had a golden crown on his head. And they were singing and praising God around his glorious throne. And there was one in the midst of the throne which had a name written on her: and her name was Sophia (Sph), which interpreted means Wisdom of God. 22 And the Lord said unto Joseph: Joseph, my son, these are those who have glorified my name. They shall be my sons forever. And at the latter time thou shalt rise from the dust and take thy inheritance in the midst of mine holy congregation forever. Even forever and ever. Amen.
1 And it came to pass, Joseph was reasoning with the priests of On. 2 And the priests said unto him, surely hast thou communed with the gods, for there hath never been a wiser man in all of Egypt. 3 And Joseph taught the priests the knowledge of the Lord. And Joseph continued to gain favor in their eyes because of his exceedingly great wisdom which the Lord had given unto him. 4 And some of priests secretly worshipped the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob, and said, if the Lord would have us be an ensample to the people, so be it, for we know that the Lord is God over all the earth. 5 And Joseph said, see that thou do it not. For the time is not fully come. Not many days hence shall you and your children openly serve the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. Nevertheless, the time is not yet. 6 And Joseph taught unto those faithful to the Lord the hidden wisdom of the fathers saying: of a truth, this wisdom was given to Adam, and it has come down to us by the hands of my fathers. And many things did Joseph teach unto the faithful which cannot be written. 7 And, yea, it is not to be had among the wicked and unbelieving. For the Lord shall not suffer his holy wisdom to be defiled. 8 And Joseph taught them all things pertaining to the priesthood of the Most High. 9 And Joseph taught them knowledge concerning the sun, the moon, and the stars, saying, they are nothing save merely the works of hands of the Lord God. 10 And they were astonished that the sun was not a god, saying: if the sun being so marvelous is not a god, then surely how strong is the Lord Most High who hath formed it. 11 And Joseph said, not many years hence there shall arise a Pharoah which hath not respect for my people. They shall be treated with contempt and become slaves unto the people of Egypt. They shall become a stench and an abhorrence in the nostrils of the Most High. 12 And when the oppression becomes a burden too hard to bare, the Lord God will have mercy on them; and one shall arise at the word of the Lord who shall lead his people out of this place. 13 He shall be a prince in the king’s house notwithstanding he shall spring from the loins of my father. 14 When he opens his mouth he shall roar as a lion roareth. And when he standeth up, he shall speak with the voice of God Almighty. 15 And he shall shew forth the mighty wonders of God unto you. And he shall confound all of the wisdom of Egypt. And he shall lead you to a land which the Lord shall give unto you as an inheritance. 16 Him must you hear. 17 And there shall be great weeping and wailing in that day, for the Lord shall visit the iniquity of the fathers in Egypt upon the heads of the sons except they repent. 18 And when you are led out of this place, you must bare my bones on your shoulders. For I desire not to stand before the Lord in this place when He shall visit the earth and reward the sons of men according to their works in the great last day. Amen.
Blessings on the 1835 Twelve Apostles
(HC 2:187 – 194) Met pursuant to adjournment & president Hyrum Smith opened the meeting by Prayer. President J. Smith Junr. and arose and said. The first business of the meeting was for the three witnesses of the Book of Mormon, to pray each one and then proceed to choose twelve men from the church as Apostles to go to all nations, kindred tongues and people. The three Witnesses united in prayer (Viz) Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer & Martin Harris. These three Witnesses were then blessed by the laying on of the hands of the Presidency. They then according to a former commandment, proceeded to make choice of the twelve: The names of are as follows
The Blessing of Lyman Johnson was in the name of Jesus Christ, that he should bear the tidings of salvation to nations, tongues and people, until the utmost corners of the earth shall hear the tidings, and that he shall be a witness of the things of God to nations & tongues, and that Holy Angels shall administer to him occasionally, and that no power of the enemy shall prevent him from going forth and doing the work of the Lord. And that he should live until the gathering was accomplished, according to the Holy Prophets. And that he should be like unto Enoch. And your faith shall be like unto his, and he shall be called great among all the living, and Satan shall tremble before thee, and that he shall see the Saviour come and stand on the Earth with power and great glory,
The blessing of Brigham Young was as follows, That he should be strong in Body, that he may go forth and gather the Elect preparatory to the great day of the coming of the Lord, and that he might be strong and mighty declaring the tidings to nations that know not God, that he may add ten talents, that he may come to Zion with many sheaves. He shall go forth from land to land and from sea to sea. and shall behold Heavenly Messengers going forth, & his life shall be prolonged, and the Holy Priest hood is confirmed upon thee, that he may do wonders in the name of Jesus, that he may cast out Devils, heal the sick raise the dead, open the eyes of the blind, go forth from land to land and from sea to sea, and that heathen nations shall not even call him God himself, if he did not rebuke them.
Heber C. Kimball, blessing was in substance as follows. That he shall be made like unto those who have blessed before him and be favored with the same blessings. That he might receive visions, the ministration of angels and hear their voices & even come into the presence of God. That many millions may be converted by his instrumentality. that angels may waft him from place to place and that he may stand unto the coming of our Lord and receive a crown over the kingdom of our Lord, that he be made acquainted with the day when Christ shall come, that he shall be made perfect in faith and that the deaf shall hear, the lame shall walk, the blind shall see, and greater things these shall he do, that he shall have boldness of speech before the nations and great power &c.
Orson Hyde blessing. Oliver Cowdery proceeded and called upon the Lord to smile upon him and that, his faith shall be perfect, and that the blessings pronounced shall be realized. He shall be made mighty and be endued with power from on high, and go forth to the nations of the earth to proclaim the gospel. That he shall escape all the pollutions of the world. The Angels shall uphold him, and that he shall go forth according to the commandment, both to Jew & Gentile and shall go to all nations, kingdoms and tongues and shall All who hear his voice shall acknowledge him to be a servant of God. He shall be equal in holding the keys of the kingdom. He shall stand on the earth and bring souls till Christ comes. We know that he loves thee, and may this thy servant be able to walk through pestilence and not be harmed. The powers of darkness shall have no ascendency over him. He shall have power to smite the earth with pestilence, to divide waters and lead through the Saints. He shall go from land to land and from sea to sea. He shall be like unto one of the three Nephites
David W. Patten’s blessing. O God, give this, thy servant a knowledge of thy will: May he be like one of old who bore testimony of Jesus. May he be new man from this day forth. He shall be equal with his brethren, the twelve, and have all the qualifications of the Prophets before him. May his body be strong and never be weary. May he walk and not faint. May he have power over all diseases, and faith according to his desires. May the Heavens be opened upon him speedily, that he may bear testimony from knowledge, that he may go to nations and isles afar off. May he have a knowledge of things the things of the kingdom from the beginning and be able to tear down priest-craft like a Lion. May he have power to smite his enemies before him, with utter destruction. May he continue till the Lord comes. O Father we seal these blessings upon him, even so Amen.
Luke Johnson’s blessing Our Father, in Heaven look down in mercy upon us and upon this thy servant whom we ordain to the ministry of the twelve. He shall be prepared and preserved and become like those we have blessed before him, The nations shall tremble before him. He shall hear the voice of God: he shall comfort the hearts of the saints, always. The angels shall bear him up till he shall finish his ministry. He shall be delivered and come forth with Israel. He shall bear testimony to the kings of the earth, and hold communion with the Father, with the son and with the general assembly and church of the first born. If cast into prison he shall be able to comfort the hearts of his comrades His tongue shall be loosed and he shall have power to lead many to Zion, and set down with them, and the Ancient of Days shall pronounce this blessing. That you have been faithful. He shall have strength wisdom & power. He shall go among the covenant people and speak all their tongues where he shall go. All these blessings we confirm upon him in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Wm. E. McLel[l]in’s blessing. In the name of the Lord, Wisdom & intelligence shall be poured out upon him, to enable him to perform the great work, that is incumbant upon him. That he may be spared until the saints are gathered, that he may stand before Kings and Rulers to bear testimony and be upheld by holy Angels, and the nations of the earth shall acknowledge that God has sent him. He shall have power to overcome his enemies, and his life shall be spared in the midst of pestilance and destruction, and in the midst of his enemies. He shall be a prince and a saviour to God’s people. The Tempter shall not overcome him, nor his enemies prevail against him. The Heavens shall be opened unto him as unto men in days of old. He shall be mighty in the hands of God, and shall convince thousands that God has sent him, and his days may by prolonged until the coming of the son of man. He shall be wafted as on eagles wings, from country to country and from people to people and to wonders in the midst of this generation, Even so Amen.
John F. Boynton’s blessing Thou hast prevailed, and thou shalt prevail and thou shalt declare the gospel unto many nations. Thou shalt be made mighty before God. And although thou shalt be cast out from the face of men, yet thou shalt power to prevail, thou shalt lead the Elect triumphantly to the places of refuge. Thou shalt be like thy brethren who have been blessed before thee. Thou shalt stand in that day of calamity when the wicked shall be consumed and present unto the Father, spotless, the fruit of this thy labor. Thou shalt overcome all the evils that are in the world. Thou shalt have wisdom to put to silence all the wisdom of the wise, and thou shalt see the face of thy Redeemer in the flesh. These blessings were are pronounced and sealed upon thee even so Amen. [p. 153]
Williams Smith’s blessing That he may be purified in heart, that he may have communion with God. That he may be equal with his brethren in holding the keys of this ministry That he may be kept and be instrumental in leading Israel forth, that he may be delivered from the hands of those who seek to destroy him: That he may be en abled to bear testimony to the nations, that Jesus lives. That he may stand in the midst of pestilence and destruction, he shall be mighty in the hands of God in bringing about the restoration of Israel. The nations shall rejoice at the greatness of the gifts which God has bestowed upon him, That his tongue shall be loosed, he shall have power to do great things in the name of Jesus. He shall be preserved and remain on the earth until, Christ shall come to take vengeance on the wicked. Confirmed
Parley P. Pratt’s blessing, as pronounced upon him by O. Cowdery, O. Lord smile from Heaven upon this thy servant, forgive his sins, sanctify his heart and prepare him to receive the blessing. Increase his love for thee and for thy cause, increase his intelligence, communicate to him all that wisdom, that prudence, and that understanding which he needs as a minister of Righteousness, and to magnify the Apostleship whereunto he is called. May a double portion of that spirit which was communicated to the Disciples of our Lord & Saviour, to lead them into all truth, rest down upon him, go with him where goes that nothing shall prevail against him. that he may be delivered from prisons, from the power of his enemies, and from the adversary of all righteous ness. May he be able to mount up on wings as an Eagle’s, to run and not be weary, to walk and not faint. May he have great wisdom & intelligence, and be able to lead thine elect through this thorny maze. Let sickness and death have no power over him. Let him be equal with his brethren in bringing many sons and daughters to glory, and many nations to a knowledge of the truth. Great blessings shall rest upon thee. Thy faith shall increase, Thou shalt have great power, to prevail, The viel of the Heavens shall be rolled up, Thou shalt be permitted to gaze within it, and receive instruction from on high. No arm that is formed and lifted against thee, shall prosper, no power shall prevail, for thou shalt have power with God. and shall proclaim his gospel, thou wilt be afflicted, but thou shalt be delivered and conquer all thy foes. Thine office shall never be taken from thee. Thou shalt be called great, Angels shall carry thee from place to place. Thy sins are forgiven, and thy name written in the lambs book of life. Even so Amen.
Thomas B. Marsh’s Blessing by O[liver] Cowdery Dear Brother, You are to be a minister of righteousness and to this ministry and Apostleship you are now to be ordained: and May all temporal and spiritual blessings attend you. Your sins are forgiven you, and you are to go forth and preach the everlasting Gospel. You shall travel from kingdom to kingdom and from nation to nation. Angels shall bear the[e] up, and thou shalt be instrumental in bringing thousands of the redeemed of the Lord to Zion. President David Whitmer sealed the above blessing upon him, even so Amen.
Orson Pratt’s blessing Dear Brother, You are chosen, and set apart to be ordained to this Apostleship and this ministry. You shall go forth and preach the gospel and do a mighty work. You shall be sustained. The Holy spirit shall enlighten thy mind. Thou shalt travel from nation to nation. The Lord God shall preserve thee and return thee safe, with songs of everlasting joy upon thy head. The above was confirmed, by President David Whitmer
William Weeks Patriarchal blessing (Patriarchal Blessing Book 9:564) Thine eyes shall be enlightened to behold the things of God, to discern the order of building cities, temples, and buildings of all kinds, after the order which God hath appointed that Zion should be adorned and ornamented in the last days. Thy name shall be known to the nations of the earth for thy skill and wisdom… learning, knowledge of architecture, and all useful arts and sciences.
Phineas Howe Young: Phineas Young, the brother of Brigham Young was actually the first of the twelve apostles chosen by the three Witnesses. (Wilford Woodruff Journal) Phineas Young said that he was the first that was chosen in the organization of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, but Brother Joseph said he wished I would let Wm. Smith have that place, so I gave way to him. (Oliver Cowdery) At the time the Twelve were chosen in Kirtland, and I may say before it had been manifested that Brother Phineas was entitled to occupy the station as one of the number; but owing to Brother Joseph’s urgent request at the time, Brother David and myself yielded to his wish, and consented for William to be selected, contrary to our feelings and judgment, and to our deep mortification ever since.
Not only that, but at that time the oldest person was usually called to be the President of a Quorum. Phineas born on 16 February 1779 was Brigham’s older brother and he was also older than Thomas Marsh born on 1 November 1799 And David Patten born 14 November 1799. Phineas Young should have been the President.
(HC 2:381) I saw the twelve apostles of the Lamb, who are now upon the earth, who hold the keys of this last ministry, in foreign lands, standing together in a circle, much fatigued, with their clothes tattered and feet swollen, with their eyes cast downward, and Jesus standing in their midst, and they did not behold Him. The Savior look upon them and wept. I also beheld Elder M’lellin in the south, standing upon a hill, surrounded by a vast multitude, preaching to them, and a lamb man standing before him supported by his crutches; he threw them down at his word and leaped as an hart, by the mighty power of God. Also, I saw Elder Brigham Young standing in a strange land, in the far south and west, in a desert place, upon a rock in the midst of about a dozen men of color, who appeared hostile. He was preaching to them in their own tongue, and the angel of God standing above his head, with a drawn sword in his hand, protecting him, but he did not see it. And I finally saw the twelve in the celestial kingdom of God. I also beheld the redemption of Zion, and many things which the tongue of man cannot describe in full.
(Life of Heber C. Kimball, pp. 93–94) A Vision concerning all the twelve: He saw the Twelve going forth, and they appeared to be in a far distant land; after some time they unexpectedly met together, apparently in great tribulation, their clothes all ragged and their knees and feet sore. They formed into a circle, and all stood with their eyes fixed on the ground. The Savior appeared and stood in their midst and wept over them, and wanted to show himself to them, but they did not discover him. He saw until they had accomplished their work and arrived at the gate of the celestial city. There Father Adam stood and opened the gate to them, and as they entered he embraced them one by one, and kissed them. He then led them to the throne of God, and then the Savior embraced each of them in the presence of God. He saw that they all had beautiful heads of hair and all looked alike. The impression this vision left on Brother Joseph’s mind was of so acute a nature that he never could refrain from weeping while rehearsing it.
Joseph’s Patriarchal Blessing
Joseph Smith PATRIARCHAL BLESSING: given by Oliver Cowdery 22 September 1835
(Patriarchal Blessing Book Vol. 2:28) 1. Blessed of the Lord is my brother, for the integrity of his heart and the steadfastness of his soul. 2. Upheld by the aim of the Almighty, he shall never fall, but shall be strengthened by his right hand till he overcomes. 3. Like Jacob of old he shall wrestle with the angel, and as a prince shall he have power with God, and shall prevail. 4. Ever faithful to his friends and true to his word, the goodness of the Most High shall sustain him, and thousands shall stand up to defend him from the hand of his enemies and put forth the hand, and ward off the blow were it needful: 5. But ere his foes are aware he shall be hid under the pavillion of the Lord Jehovah; 6. For with the voice of his thunder shall he strike terror to their hearts, and as with the wings of an eagle shall my brother be carried beyond all harm, by the power of the Anointed. 7. From amid the burning bush, like Moses of old, shall he hear the voice, saying, I am the God of thy fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I have seen the affliction of my people and have come down to deliver them. 8. Go thou, and say to the strength of my house, “To your tents, O Israel; build up the wastes and raise up the foundation of desolation that this generation has made.” 9. Thus shall he be honored of the Lord, and thus shall it be recorded of him, that the generation to come may bless his name, in Israel, saying, “The Lord make thee as Joseph the Seer, who was of the house of Ephraim the brother of Manasseh: 10. “The Lord do thee good, and bring peace and blessings among thy house as he brought them upon the house of Joseph the Seer, who was raised up of a choice vine from the stem of Jacob through the root of Joseph, even that Joseph who was separated from his brethren;” 11. For like Joseph of old shall he be; he shall save the just from desolation by the wise counsel of the Almighty; 12. For by his direction shall they gather into store houses and barns till they overflow with the richness of the fruit of the harvest; 13. And by this means shall the just be saved from famine, while the nations of the wicked are distressed and faint. 14. In due time shall he go forth toward the north, and by the power of his word shall the deep begin to give way; and the ice melt before the Sun. 15. By the keys of the kingdom shall he lead Israel into the land of Zion, while the house of Jacob shouts in the dance and in the song- 16. Joy O my soul in that day, for thou shalt be with him and bear thy part in the keys which are confirmed upon thee for an everlasting priesthood forever and ever-17. Joy O my heart, in that day, with thanksgiving and with praise, for thou shalt stand with him before the hosts of Israel-18. The lame shall leap as an hart, the old shall renew their strength, and the virgin of Israel, with the youth shall exalt the name of our God upon harps and instruments of ten strings. 19. He shall be a sure arrow in the bow of his God; for he shall be hid under the shadow of his wing. 20. His loins shall be like iron, girded by the hand of the Lord; and his feet shall be swift to execute the commandment of the Most High when he shall say “destroy.” 21. His name shall be had in everlasting remembrance, and his seed after him, for they shall be saved to the uttermost. 22. His fame shall be sounded in foreign lands, even to the ends of the earth, as well as nigh at home: for in this the times shall change, a prophet shall have honor in his own country. 23. His learning and wisdom shall astonish the great for they shall acknowledge that by his intelligence he has far surpassed their learning and their science. 24. In palaces of governors, rulers, and kings shall he be honored, even in his person, for God shall give him power to prevail. 25. He shall be a law giver to Israel, and shall teach the house of Jacob the statutes of the Most High. 26. His testimony shall shine like the Sun, and the weight of his influence shall be like the great river that rises on the East of the everlasting hills, and flows into the great deep so shall his righteousness ever abound. 27. He shall partake of the blessing of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the chief things of the ancient mountains, the precious things that couch beneath, and the treasure hid in the sand. 28. The records of past ages and generations, and the histories of ancient days shall he bring forth, even the record of the Nephites shall he again obtain, with all those hid up by Mormon, and others who were righteous; and many others till he is overwhelmed with knowledge. 29. No precious thing shall slumber from his possession, for he shall be covered with the most choice things of all ages, till his soul shall be satisfied and his heart shall say, Enough! Enough! 30. In his hands shall the Urim and Thummim remain and the holy ministry, and the keys of the evangelical priesthood also for an everlasting priesthood forever, even the patriarchal; for, behold, he is the first patriarch in the last days. 31. He shall sit in the great assembly and general council of patriarchs, and execute the will and commandment under the Ancient of Days, for he shall have his place and act in his station. 32. Behold my brother Joseph is blessed, blessed are all those who bless him; and blessed are all those whom he blesses. 33. Multitudes, multitudes shall come to a knowledge of the truth through his ministry, and he shall be welcomed into the presence of kings and the great ones of the earth; for he shall claim his place among the nobles of the earth and shall be reverenced by them. 34. He shall also be filled with abundance of the fat of the earth; his flock shall bring forth thousands and tens of thousands: his vats shall overflow with wine and oil his cattle shall increases to a multitude: he shall have horses and mules, asses, sheasses, and dromedaries, camels and elephants, and all swift beasts; 35. And when he goes forth in haste his chariot shall roar like the approach of an army; he shall have gold and silver, precious stones, diamonds, pearls, and the pure platina, with the antiquities of every kind. 36. Thus shall God bless, and thus shall he be prospered: and he shall have peace after a little, for his enemies shall be consumed many of them, and many shall turn and be his friends in very deed: 37. He shall remain to a good old age, even till his head is like the pure wool. 38. Behold there is not end to the vision, of the multiplicity of blessings and glories, which shall come upon my brother Joseph. 39. He shall possess a mansion on high and have an inheritance in that city which is like pure gold, even like transparent glass. 40. His rest shall be glorious and his name remain forever. 41. Thus closes the vision, and thus it shall be; even so: Amen
Joseph’s Patriarchal Blessing
(Joseph Smith, Sr., Patriarchal Blessing Book no. 1, Historical Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah.)
to Joseph Smith Jr 9 December 1834
Joseph, my son, I lay my hands upon thy head in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to confirm upon thee a father’s blessing. The Lord thy God has called thee by name out of the heavens: thou hast heard his voice from on high from time to time, even in thy youth. The hand of the angel of his presence has been extended toward thee by which thou hast been lifted up and sustained; yea, the Lord has delivered thee from the hands of thine enemies and thou hast been made to rejoice in his salvation: thou hast sought to know his ways, and from thy childhood thou hast meditated much upon the great things of his law. Thou hast suffered much in thy youth, and the poverty and afflictions of thy father’s family have been a grief to thy soul. Thou hast desired to see them delivered from bondage, for thou hast loved them with a perfect love. Thou hast stood by thy father, and like Shem, would have covered his nakedness, rather than see him exposed to shame: when the daughters of the Gentiles laughed, thy heart has been moved with a just anger to avenge thy kindred. Thou hast been an obedient son: the commands of thy father and the reproofs of thy mother, thou hast respected and obeyed – for all these things the Lord my God will bless thee. Thou hast been called, even in thy youth to the great work of the Lord: to do a work in this generation which no man would do as thyself, in all things according to the will of the Lord. A marvelous work and a wonder has the Lord wrought by thy hand, even that which shall prepare the way for the remnants of his people to come in among the Gentiles, with their fulness, as the tribes of Israel are restored. I bless thee with the blessings of thy fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and even the blessings of thy father Joseph, the son of Jacob. Behold, he looked after his posterity in the last days, when they should be scattered and driven by the Gentiles, and wept before the Lord: he sought diligently to know from whence the son should come who should bring forth the word of the Lord, by which they might be enlightened, and brought back to the true fold, and his eyes beheld thee, my son: his heart rejoiced and his soul was satisfied, and he said, As my blessings are to extend to the utmost bounds of the everlasting hills, as my father’s blessing prevailed above the blessings of his progen[i]tor, and as my branches are to run over the wall, and my seed are to inherit the choice land whereon the Zion of God shall stand in the last days, from among my seed, scattered with the Gentiles, shall a choice Seer arise whose bowles shall be as a fountain of truth, whose loins shall be girded with the girdle of righteousness, whose hands shall be lifted with acceptance before the God of Jacob to turn away his anger from his annointed, whose heart shall meditate great wisdom, whose intelligence shall circumscribe and comprehend the deep things of God, and whose mouth shall utter the law of the just: His feet shall stand upon the neck of his enemies, and he shall walk upon the ashes of those who seek his destruction: with wine and oil shall he be sustained, and he shall feed upon the heritage of Jacob his father: the just shall desire his society, and the upright in heart shall be his companions: No weapon formed against him shall prosper, and though the wicked mar him for a little season, he shall be like one rising up in the heat of wine – he shall roar in his strength, and the Lord shall put to flight his persecutors: he shall be blessed like the fruitful olive, and his memory shall be as sweet as the choice cluster of the first ripe grapes. Like a shief fully ripe, gathered into the garner, so shall he stand before the Lord, having produced a hundred fold. Thus spake my father Joseph. Therefore, my son, I know for a surety that those things will be fulfilled, and I confirm upon thee all these blessings. Thou shalt like to do the work which the Lord shall command thee: Thou shalt hold the Keys of this ministry, even the presidency of this church, both in time and in eternity. Thy heart shall be enlarged, and thou shalt be able to fill up the measure of thy days according to the will of the Lord. Thou shalt speak the word of the Lord and the earth shall tremble; the mountains shall move and the rivers shall turn out of their course. Thou shalt escape the edge of the sword, and put to flight the armies of the wicked. At thy word the lame shall walk, the deaf shall hear and the blind shall see. Thou shalt be gathered to Zion and in the goodly land thou shalt enjoy thine inheritance; thy children and thy children’s children to the latest generation; for thy name and the names of thy posterity shall be recorded in the book of the Lord, even in the book of blessings and genealogies, for their joy and benefit forever. And now, my son, what more shall I say? Thou art as a fruitful olive and a choice vine: thou shalt be laden with precious fruit. Thousands and tens of thousands shall come to a knowledge of the truth through thy ministry, and thou shalt rejoice with them in the Celestial Kingdom: Thou shalt stand upon the earth when it shall reel to and fro as a drunken man, and be removed out of its place: thou shalt stand when the mighty judgments go forth to the destruction of the wicked: thou shalt stand on Mount Zion when the tribes of Jacob come shouting from the north, and with thy brethren, the sons of Ephraim, crown them in the name of Jesus Christ: Thou shalt see thy Redeemer come in the clouds of heaven, and with the just receive the hallowed throng with shouts of hallalujahs, praise the Lord. Amen