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Apr 4, 1837

Journal Entry

April 04, 1837 ~ Tuesday

April 4th I met at the house of Elder Hales at one ^1^ oclock PM.
in company with twenty three Elders President Joseph
Young
making one of the number for the purpose of
attending to the ordinance of washing the body with clean
watter & perfumes that our bodies might be prepared
for the anointing. President Young opened the meeting
by prayer we then proceded to the ordinance myself
& Elder G. W. Meeks were the first washed under

the hands of President Joseph Young we then assisted
President Young in washing our Brethren the Elders
much of the spirit of God rested upon us I washed &
perfumed the bodies of a number of my Brethren
& the interview closed after ^after^ expressing our feelings to each
other. We again met together in the quorum of the Sev-
enties at the upper part of the Lords house at early
candle light to receieve our anointing. The quorums of
the Deacons, Teachers, & Priest occupied one apartment
the Elders another & the Seventies the third. each
quorums met for the anointing. Three of the presidents
met with the seventies viz H Aldrich J. Young and
Z. Coultrin. President Coultrin opened the meeting
by prayer & after conversing plainly to those who
were to be anointed they proceded to business the
presidency consecrated the oil before God that it
might be holy. The person to be anointed then took a
seat & the presidency then laid hands upon his head
& consecrated him unto God & then anointed him in
the name of the Lord & pronounced such blessings
upon his his head as the testimony of Jesus shall direct
which is the spirit of prophecy.

We had a
glorious season indeed in this solumn ordinance of the
house of the Lord there were fifteen annointed in
our quorum mostly by President Coultrin. the power
of God
rested upon us.

President Coultrin
anointed me & the following are some of the blessing
that he pronounced upon my head while clothed upon
by the spirit & power of God, viz. that God would
bless me with all the powers of the priesthood &
give me a multiplicity of blessing that kings would
tremble upon their thrones at my word, that I should
become a counsellor & multitudes should seek cou-
nsel at my mouth & I should have great wisdom

& power to fly through the midst under heaven as Philip
travled by the spirit, that I should have power over
my enemies & have long life to bring many into the
kingdom of God [Acts 8:39] Also that I should have the riches
of the earth & that I should have sons & consecrate
them priests unto God in Zion & that I should tread
upon the ashes of my eniemies in Jackson County they
that had sought to take my life & the life of my breth
ren that went to redeem Zion & he Also sealed
upon my head all the blessing that had previously
been pronounced upon me & thes blessing were
sealed upon my head with a loud Amen from all
of the anointed present in the name of Jesus Christ
Much of the power & spirit of God & a sens of the
virtue of the ordinance rested upon me. May God
enable me to possess those blessing & obtain those
vishions that have been promised me in this &
other solumn ordinances & keep me from dish-
onouring my anointing & the Holy Priesthood
for Christ sake Amen.

The interview closed about
10 oclock P.M. I then repaired into the lower court of
the Lords house in company with Elders Joseph B.
Nobles
& G. W. Meeks to spend the night (after being
anointed) in prayer & fasting before God the vales
being closed we entered the Elders pulpit & there
upon our knees we ple^a^d with God & we covenanted
with each other in the holy stand that we would not
give sleep to our eyes neither take food untill we
receieved a blessing from God by the outpourings
of his spirit upon us if it was untill the end of three
days and according to our covenant we commenced
praying & a part of the night we had a severe
trial of our faith by great temptation from Satan
but before day we gained a good degree of victory
over the Devil & the Lord poured out his spirit
upon us & we felt it good to be in the house of

God while nature was hushed in silenced by the
sable shades of night. After spending the night
in prayer we returned to our homes in the morning
intending to spend the day in prayer & fasting for
still greater blessings this being upon

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Aldrich, Hazen C.
10 Jan 1797 - 30 Nov 1872
12 mentions
Hale, Jonathan Harriman
1 Feb 1800 - 4 Sep 1846
148 mentions
Missionary
Noble, Joseph Bates
14 Jan 1810 - 17 Aug 1900
49 mentions
Young, Joseph
7 Apr 1797 - 16 Jul 1881
306 mentions
12 mentions
Scriptural Figure
Coltrin, Zebedee
7 Sep 1804 - 21 Jul 1887
43 mentions
Missionary

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Autobiography 1858 Deseret News

—I received my washings and an- ointings in the house of the Lord. I spent the whole night in the Temple, with others of the Seventies, in prayer and fasting, the Spirit of the Lord rested upon us. After twenty-four hours I partook of food.

Autobiography 1865 Millennial Star

—I received my washings and anointings in the house of the Lord. I spent the whole night in the Temple, with others of the Seventies, in prayer and fasting; the Spirit of the Lord rested upon us. After twenty-four hours I partook of food.

Autobiography 1857 Draft 1

I received my washings and anointings in the House of the Lord in Kirtland I spent the whole night in the Temple with others of the seventies in prayer and fasting the spirit of the Lord rested upon us. After praying and fasting for 24 hours I went

Autobiography 1857 Draft 2

I received my washings and anointings in the house of the Lord, I spent the whole night in the Temple with others of the Seventies in prayer and fasting, the spirit of the Lord rested upon us, after 24 hours I partook of food.

Autobiography 1883 Tullidge's Quarterly Magazine Notes 1

The next I met at the house of Elder Hales at one o'clock in the afternoon in company of twenty-three Elders for the purpose of attending to the ordinance of washing. President Joseph Young who was of the number opened the meeting by prayer and we then proceeded with the ordinance. Myself and Elder G. W. Meeks were the first washed under the hands of President Joseph Young and we then assisted him in washing our brethren the Elders. Much of the Holy Spirit rested upon us. At early candle light we again met together in the quorum of Seventies at the upper part of the Lord's house to receive our anointing. The quorums of the Priests Teachers and Deacons occupied one appartment the Elders another and the Seventies a third Each quorum met for their anointing Three of the Presidents met with the Seventies—namely Joseph Young H. Aldrich and Z. Colultrin. After the meeting was opened by prayer those who were to be anointed were suitably addressed and then the Presidency proceeded to the ordinance by first consecrating the oil. The person then presented for the anointing took a seat and the Presidency laid their hands upon his head and pronounced such blessings upon him as the testimony of Jesus directed. We had truly a glorious season in this solemn ordinance of the house of God. There were fifteen anointed in our quorum. President Coultrin anointed me and pronounced upon my head great blessings which were sealed upon my head in the name of Jesus Christ by a loud Amen from all present The meeting closed about 10 o'clock p.m. when I went into the lower court of the House of the Lord with Elders Joseph B. Nobles and G. W. Meeks to spend the night in prayer and fasting before God. Part of the night we had a severe trial of our faith by temptation from Satan but before day we obtained a good degree of victory over him and the Lord poured out his spirit upon us and we felt it good to be in the House of our God when nature was hushed in silence and the shades of night covered the earth In the morning we returned to our homes intending to spend the

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Woodruffs live with Jonathan and Olive Hale; Wilford records patriarchal blessings for Joseph Smith Sr.

Apr 4, 1837