in the book of Enoch, and are to be testified of in due
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were Patriarchs, and blessed
their posterity. All that Jacob said and scaled upon the
heads of his twelve sons has been fulfilled to the very letter,
as far as time has permitted.
We also have Patriarchs in our day. Father Joseph Smith, the father of the Prophet Joseph Smith, was the first
Patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He gave a great many blessings unto the Saints, which are
recorded, and many of them have seen their fulfillment.
When he put his hands on the head of a person to bless
him, it seemed as though the heavens were opened, and he
could reveal the whole life of that person.
He gave me my patriarchal blessing in the temple of the
Lord at Kirtland, on the 15th day of April, 1837.
Many marvelous things which he sealed upon my head, for
which I could then see no earthly chance of fulfillment, have
already been fulfilled to the very letter.
One or two instances I will name. He said I should have
access to the treasures hid in the ground to assist me in get-
ting myself and others to Zion.
When in Cambridgeport gathering up the Saints, in 1850 Alexander Badlam went to California on business, and the
Saints who were digging gold filled a little sack with gold
dust and sent it to me to assist me on my mission.
By the sale of this treasure from California I was enabled to
emigrate myself, family and a number of others to Zion in
He also said I should have power to bring my father and his
family into the Church. This was fulfilled when I visited them
during my mission to the Fox Islands, as previously related.
My father gathered to Salt Lake City with the Saints, and
he died there, aged 83 years.
The Patriarch also said I should be wrapt in the visions of
heaven, and an angel of God should teach me many things.
This was literally fulfilled.
Again, he told me I should be delivered from my enemies
(who would seek my destruction) by the mighty power of God
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