Revelation Given to William Smith


The blessing of Joseph Smith, the Prophet of God, upon the head of William Smith, given in Kirtland, Ohio, December 18, 1833.

1 Brother William is as the fierce lion which divideth not the spoil because of his much strength, and in the pride of his heart he will neglect the more weighty matters until his soul is bowed down in sorrow,

2. And then he shall return and call on the name of his God and shall find forgiveness, and shall wax valiant in the cause of truth,

3 Therefore he shall be saved to the uttermost and shall be endowed with power from on high,

4 At his rebuke in the name of the Lord, the eyes of the blind shall be opened, the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped, the tongue of the dumb shall be made to speak,

5 And the lame man shall leap as an hart, and his adversaries shall not have power to withstand his words.

6 Hell shall tremble because of him, and Satan shall flee from before his face, and he shall be as a roaring lion of the forest in the midst of his prey.

7 So shall his hand be in the midst of his enemies, among those who know not the Lord, and seek the injury of the righteous;

8 And the hand of his generation shall be lifted up also against those who are set on high, that fight the God of Israel;

9 Fearless and undaunted shall they be in battle, avenging the wrongs of the innocent and relieving the oppressed.

10 Therefore the blessings of the God of Jacob shall be on him to the uttermost, and in the midst of his house from generation to generation forever,

11 And he shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall come up before the Lord like a full shock of corn laden with his tens of thousands as a reward of his labors, with songs of everlasting joy,

12 With hosannas upon his lips to God and the Lamb to go no more out. Amen.


The Fellowship interprets this revelation to state that Joseph’s bother William was beloved by the Lord. This is only to be added to the Doctrine and Covenants if other revelations given to William Smith are to be added. It serves as a testimony of William’s worthiness to speak for God. William held the keys of apostleship and patriarch of the Church of Christ. It is clear that William was a servant of the Lord, as he remained faithful, eventually joining the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with other members of the Smith family.

If accepted, this revelation will be added to the Doctrine and Covenants, placed near similar sections.

Thoughts, comments, and other interpretations are welcome below.

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