George Albert Smith, October 1, 1844

-- October 1, 1844
[Patriarchal Blessings] [Patriarchal Blessing of George A. Smith [Grandfather of George Albert Smith] on 1 October 1, 1844]

Nauvoo Oct 1st 1844 A blessing by John Smith [great-grandfather of George Albert Smith] Patriarch upon the head of George [A.]

son of John and Clarrissa Smith born June 26th 1817 in Potsdam St Lawrence Co New York

My son George [A. Smith] I lay my hands upon thy head in the name of Jesus Christ and seal and confirm my blessing upon thee thou hast passed through many trials and sorrows even in the days of thy youth to proclaim the Gospel to this ungodly generation, thou hast seen maney [many] afflictions and suffered much to magnify thy calling, and I pray my Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus to concrate[?] all thine afflictions for thy good and the salvation of many in this generation; in as much as thou art called to fill an exalted station in the church, the Lord thy God hath given his Angels charge over thee, to keep thee and his eye hath been over thee for good even from before the foundation of the world to make a mighty man of thee; thy name shall be great in the Earth and among the Saints to all generations, and as thou art called to go from nation to nation from one kingdom to another, thou shalt be clothed with wisdom and power to oppose all that shall rise up against thee
; he that takes the sword to harm thee shall him self fall by the sword, he that digs a pit for thee shall fall in to it, no power on Earth shall hender [hinder] thy progress prison walls nor bars nor gates nor chains shall hold thee; for at thy word they shall part assunder [asunder] thou shalt do mighty miracles before kings and rulers; and they will think thou art a God; but thou shall teach them who the Lord is and something touching his power; they will receive thy teachings, thou shalt be an instrument in the hands of the Lord in bringing thousands to Zion; thou shalt cause streams of water to break forth in the wilderness to satisfy thy people thou shalt be able to still the raging of the sea and divide the rivers, also to feel thy thousands by blessing small potions [portions] of food for their good thou shalt verily be a Savior on Mount Zion to save all thy h[e]art desires, boath [both] of the living and the dead; thou shalt have an inheritance in Zion, and posess [
possess] it again in Eternity; the number of thy years shall be according to thy faith, therefore dismiss thy fears for God shall heal thy bodily infurmities [infirmities] and thou shalt become healthy and strong when thou canst not go to perform thy labors thou shalt send men that shalt be able to accom[p]lis[h] every purpose of thine h[e]art; thou art a lawful heir to the Melchizidec Priesthood, because thou art one of the Sons of Ephraim all the blessings and favirs [favors] and Priesthood, which were sealed upon him by Jacob his Father I seal upon thee and thy posterity forever no power on Earth shall take it from thee; thy name is written in the lamb[']s Book of Life and shall not be blotted out. you shall become acquainted with thousands of the ten tribes of Isreal [Israel] after they are gathered to Zion, and shall be a companion of their leader, shall inherit all the riches of Heaven and Earth, and all the blessings of the new and everlasting covenant, be perfectly s
atisfied, shall receive an endowment in the house of the Lord which is to be built in the last days, and be blest with the sons of Moses; shall be a judge and a councelor [counselor] over the house of Isreal [Israel] forever, this is thy blessing which I seal upon thee; therefore my son be patient in thine afflictions, delight to keep the commandments of the Lord and not one word which hath been spoken shall fail, for I seal it upon thy head by the authority of the Holy Priesthood and I seal thee up to come forth in the first Resur[r]ection to enherit [inherit] eternal lives Amen. (1)

-- 7 October 1844
[Great-grandfather of George Albert Smith] John Smith: Appointed president of Nauvoo Stake 7 October 1844. (2)

1 - Patriarchal Blessings
2 - Cook, Lyndon W., The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith: A Historical and Biographical Commentary of the Doctrine and Covenants, Seventy's Mission Bookstore, Provo UT, 1985,

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