The Patriarchal Blessing of Emma Smith

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Portrait of Emma Hale Smith.

The patriarchal blessing of Emma Smith was recorded by Oliver Cowdery and performed by her father-in-law, Joseph Smith Sr.

Emma, my daughter-in-law, thou art blessed of the Lord, for thy faithfulness and truth, thou shalt be blessed with thy husband, and rejoice in the glory which shall come upon him.

Thy soul has been afflicted because of the wickedness of men in seeking the destruction of thy companion, and thy whole soul has been drawn out in prayer for his deliverance; rejoice, for the Lord thy God has heard thy supplication.

Thou hast grieved for the hardness of the hearts of thy father’s house, and thou hast longed for their salvation.

The Lord will have respect to thy cries, and by his judgments he will cause some of them to see their folly and repent of their sins; but it will be by affliction that they will be saved.

Thou shalt see many days, yea, the Lord will spare thee till thou art satisfied, for thou shalt see thy Redeemer.

Thy heart shall rejoice in the great work of the Lord, and no one shall take thy rejoicing from thee. Thou shalt ever remember the great condescension of thy God in permitting thee to accompany my son [Joseph] when the angel delivered the record of the Nephites to his care.

Thou hast seen much sorrow because the Lord has taken from thee three of thy children:  in this thou art not to be blamed, for he knows thy pure desires to raise up a family, that the name of my son might be blessed. 

And now, behold, I say unto thee, that thus says the Lord, if thou will believe, thou shalt yet be blessed in this thing and thou shalt bring forth other children, to the joy and satisfaction of thy soul and to the rejoicing of thy friends. 

Thou shalt be blessed with understanding, and have power to instruct thy sex, teach thy family righteousness, and thy little ones the way of life, and the holy angels shall watch over thee and thou shalt be saved in the kingdom of God, even so, Amen.

Sources

Oliver Cowdery, Clerk and Recorder. Kirtland, December 9, 1834. [Patriarchal Blessing Book 1:4-5]

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