Patriarchial Blessings from Joseph Smith's Journal

(January 29, 1836)

My father [Joseph Smith, Senior -BA] pronounced the following Patriachal blessings:

Henry Garrett, born in Deerfield, Onieda Co[unty], N[ew] Y[ork] [on] Sept[ember] 5[th] AD 1814. Bro[ther] [Garrett], I bless thee by the authority of the Priesthood. [The] Lord had [an] eye upon thee. Satan seek destruction [upon thee and thy] relatives also. I seal thee unto [eternal] life [with] power to tread the adversa[r]y under thy feet and be useful [to] reclaim [thy] friends, [to] Be a son of God, an heir jointly with Jesus Christ. [You shall] stand on the earth if faithful till thou hast rec[eive]d all the desires of thy heart which are in righteousness. The Lord shall bless thy chil[dren] after thee with the blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. [Thou] shall walk with [thy] companion to the Hous of God and see his glory fill the house and thou shalt receive all the blessings which thy heart can desire. I seal these blessings upon thee in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Charles H. Smith born in Potsdam, St. Lawrence Co[unty], N[ew] Y[ork] [on] April 16[th] 1817. Thou art in thy youth. Satan will lay many snares for thee but I secure thee by the power of the Holy Priesthood from his grasp. Thou hast no father. [Thou art] an orphan. The Lord shall watch over thee and keep thee. Thou shalt receive the Priesthood and be mighty in word. Save [thy] father's house [and] receive all the blessings of the Earth even of A[braham], I[saac], and Jacob. [Thou shalt] stand on the earth till [thy] Redeamer com[es]. Do all that the power of the Holy Priesthood can qualify thee for. I seal these blessings upon thee in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Marietta Carter born in Benson, Rutland Co[unty], V[ermon]t [on] April 1[st] AD 1818. Thou art an orphan and the Lord shall bless thee more than thy own father could do if he had not been taken from thee. Thy name is written in the Book of life. [Thou shalt] become a companion and a mother. [The] Lord [will] bless thy children and some of them shall prophecy. Thy father laid down his life for the redemption of Zion [and] his spirit watches over thee. Thy heart shall be filled with light [and shall] not sleep in the dust. [Thou shalt] see thy redeamer come in the clouds of heaven and be caught up to meet him and be ever with him. These blessings I seal upon thee in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Angeline Carter born in Benson, Rutland Co[unty], V[ermon]t [on] Aug[u]st 26th 1823. Thou art a child [and] thy heart is pure. Satan shall have no power over thee because of thy blessing. God shall be thy father [and thou shalt be] an heir with Jesus. Observe the words of thy friends who care for thee and seek to please them. The Lord will give thee children and wisdom to teach them righteousness. They shall be blest of the Lord and call thee blessed, a daughter of Abraham. [Thou shalt] live till satisfied with life. I sealed the[e] up unto eternal life in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Joanna Carter born in Putnam, N[ew] Y[ork] [on] Nov[ember] 26[th] AD 1824. I seal the blessings of a father [since] thy father is no more. [I seal the] Blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob [upon thee]. [Thou shalt receive] strength [and] health [and be] healed of all infirmities. Satan [shall] have no power to afflict [thee]. [The] Lord [shall] guard thee by his holy Angels. [Thy] name [shall be] written in heaven [and thine] eyes opened to see visions. Angels [shall] minister unto thee. A companion [shall] lead thee to the House of God. [Thou shalt] see the glory of God fill the house. [Thou shalt] see the end of this generation. [Thou shalt] have power to stand against all the power of Satan and overcome through the faith which is in Jesus. I seal thee up unto eternal life in the name of the Lord Jesus. Amen.

Nancy carter born in Benson, Rutland Co[unty], V[ermon]t [on] Feb[ruar]y 26[th] AD 1827. Thou art a child [and] the Lord loves thee. Satan shall seek in vain to destroy thee [but the] Lord [shall] raise friends for thee which shall guard thee from the destroyer. Thy name is written in heaven [and thou shalt] live to see the winding up of this generation. Angels shall watch over thee in thy youth. [Thine] Eyes [shall be] op[e]ned [and thou shalt] see thy God. Raise [thy] children in righteousness and they shall be blest and call thee blessed because of thy diligence in teaching them the doctrine of the kingdom. I seal all these blessings upon thee in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Written and recorded by Sylvester Smith, scribe.

These blessings were taken from p. 127-128 of An American Prophet's Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith, Edited by Scott H. Faulring. Materials enclosed in [] are his additions except where noted.
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