A Patriarchal Blessing
given by Alexander J. Spence, Patriarch, upon the head of Percy Smart
Hawkes, son of Joshua Hawkes and Sarah Ann Smart, born December 2, 1892.
Dear Brother Percy Smart
Hawkes, you have desired a blessing of peace and comfort from me.
In the authority of the Holy Patriarchal order of the Priesthood, I lay
my hands upon your head, and give unto you a Patriarchal blessing.
I say unto you lift up your head and rejoice before the Lord for your
Father in Heaven has a great work prepared for you to do.
Be of good cheer for you
have a bright future before you. You
are of a noble family, a noble Father, and a much devoted Mother, who have been
faithful and true to the Gospel ever since the Elders preached it in their
hearing. You have a great work to
do in the redemption of your kindred dead.
You, in connection with the other members of your Fatherís family, must
take up the work that your Father left undone.
The powers of the Holy Priesthood will rest upon you, and the inspiration
of your Father in Heaven will be upon you to qualify, in your helping to redeem
your fatherís kindred in the House of the Lord; the spirit of your departed
Father is watching over you day and night.
He will be as a guardian angel to protect you from every evil power,
because the powers of the adversary will attempt to deceive you, and if possible
would lead you down to destruction, but through the power of secret prayer your
Father in Heaven will watch over you, and the angels of His presence shall be
around you, to protect you and the power of the evil one shall banish before
You are a noble son of
Israel of the tribe of Ephriam, the son of Joseph who was sold into Egypt, which
entitles you to the blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and the ancient
prophets. I seal you up against the
power of the destroyer until the day of redemption, to come forth in the morning
of the resurrection, along with that great host that will be caught up to meet
the Savior when He shall come to the earth to reign a thousand years.
Your voice will be heard preaching the Gospel of Christ, both at home and
abroad. I seal upon you the gift of
Eternal Life, which is the greatest gift ever given to man or woman.
I say unto you, Brother Hawkes, seek the Lord in humble prayer morning
and night, and often in secret, that you may be qualified for every responsible
position that you may be called to labor in, and that you may have a thorough
testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it has been revealed through the
Prophet Joseph Smith. Your Father in Heaven is well pleased with you and with your
past life. Continue to live in the
future, a righteous and pure life. I
seal upon you the blessing of a long life in doing good upon the earth, for you
will live to see many great things take place upon the earth.
I seal upon you all your
former blessings, with a forgiveness of all your past sins.
These are the blessings the Lord has in store for you, if you keep the
faith. I seal these blessings upon
you by virtue of my calling as a Patriarch in the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Amen. Recorded on page
Salt Lake City, Utah, June
A Blessing given by Hyrum
G. Smith Presiding Patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
Saints, upon the head of Percy Smart Hawkes, son of Joshua Hawkes and
Sarah Ann Smart Hawkes, born December 2, 1892, at Richmond, Utah.
I seal this blessing upon
thy head through thy faithfulness, to come forth in the Resurrection of the
Just, crowned with thy blessings among the redeemed of Israel, by virtue of the
Holy Priesthood and in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Hyrum G. Smith.
March 27, 1922
Brother Percy, in the name
of Jesus Christ and in the authority of the Holy Priesthood, I place my hands
upon thy head and seal upon thee a patriarchal blessing as the spirit of the
Lord shall direct, which shall be a guide and comfort to you while you live upon
the earth. Thou art of a noble
spirit selected because of your fidelity in your former estate to come upon the
earth in this the most important age of the worldís history: that you might
pass through an experience in life that would prepare you for a celestial glory.
You shall labor in the
ministry both at home and abroad and as the call comes for a foreign mission you
will be preserved in your traveling; you will go to the nations of the earth and
even cross the mighty waters; you will learn to speak in a foreign tongue.
You will visit lands that have been devastated by cruel wars; you will
see the results among the people you will visit, you will find a people humble,
looking for a servant of the Lord. They
will recognize you as such and bid you welcome to their homes.
You will see the power of the Lord manifest in preparing your mind for
the great work that lies before you. You
will visit the learned and present the gospel to some of the nobles of the
earth. The Lord will give you great
power over yourself. You will be
able to control your feelings and meet the opposition that will be presented to
you in a way that will astonish yourself and that will bring results among the
people for good.
You will be selected at
home as a leader among the people and have great power and influence to bring
them to the unity of the faith. You
will be blessed in a financial way. The
clouds of adversity shall pass you by, and you will be able to meet every
obligation and provide for those who look to you for support.
The Lord will bless you with a companion in life worthy of the love and
confidence of any man. You will be blessed as Abraham of old; your posterity will be
numerous and honorable; you will live upon the earth and witness the redemption
of Zion and labor for the redemption of those that have passed away.
I reseal upon you all
former blessings and promises and seal you up beyond the powers of the destroyer
with an exaltation in the celestial kingdom.
I seal these blessings upon you through your faithfulness, and in the
name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
George R. Hill
May 17, 1942
Dear Brother Hawkes, in
the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I place my hands upon your head and in the
authority of my sacred calling confer and seal upon you a special blessing even
a fatherís blessing, that you may know the will of the Lord as it shall be
given upon this occasion. I seal
upon you the blessings of your faithful forefathers, and as Jacob of old placed
his hands upon the head of his grandson Ephriam and blessed him, in a like
manner, I place my hands upon your head and bless you with strength of body and
spirit, to so order your life to stand among the noble and faithful ones of your
forebears. I bless you against the
power and influences of the adversary, that because of your faith in this order
of the royal priesthood, you shall receive strength according to your needs,
both mentally and physically. For
you are one of the Lordís noble sons, born of goodly parents, and heir to the
blessings of the Holy Priesthood. Your
asking for special blessings through this order of that priesthood shall not be
Your labors have been
accepted and your offering has been pleasing to the powers of heaven.
Your calling and election shall be made sure.
Satan is not unmindful of your standing, and of the powers of heaven, and
he is using the only means at his command to interfere with the righteous
desires of your heart, testing your courage.
Well, I bless you against his powers and promise you that the Lord is
also mindful, and through the proper agencies is watching over you.
You are but feeling and experiencing the two great forces in operation.
You have always enjoyed
the sweet influences of the Holy Spirit. You
have been given a strong testimony of the divine mission of the Prophet Joseph.
Satan realizes that he would have no influence over your testimony, and
so as he was given power to test Job through avenues foreign to the experience
of man in that day and time, he is making use of the same methods in a different
way, to test your strength and fortitude. But
that shall be for a limited time only. For
as you shall emerge triumphantly from the barriers that seem so hard to surmount
they shall be removed one by one, until you shall stand in the sunlight of the
Because you have been able
to shake off the shackles that are being used by the adversary you shall be
given power to rebuck [rebuff] his powers in behalf of others.
Yes, even the angel of death shall
have respect unto the inspired words that shall fall from your lips.
You shall be given power to rebuck [rebuff] and cast evil spirits out of
others, and Satan will be subject to the powers of the Priesthood, as it shall
be made manifest through you. From
experience you shall know that he is subject to that power called priesthood,
that you enjoy.
And so I bless you Brother
Hawkes, that you may enjoy the sweet influence of the Holy Spirit, that you may
walk under the powers of the Holy Ghost by day, and rest under its sweet
influence by night.
I bless through you, your
home, that it may be a sanctuary in which the Holy Spirit shall ever be the
I bless your fields and
your flocks and your herds. I bless
the labors of your hands, and bless you that you may look forward to the
completion of our new temple [Idaho Falls] with the desire to give service
therein, even at the sacrifice of worldly gains.
For you are worthy to walk on sacred ground and in holy places and to be
numbered among the Saviors upon Mount Zion, unto the end that you may have joy
in your posterity, and to give of your temporal blessings in behalf of your
I seal you up against the
power of the destroyer. I further
bless you that you may meet the challenges of time with a faith as firm as the
everlasting hills. For the Lord
loves you and will not withhold His blessings from you, for as His servant and
in the authority in my calling as a patriarch, I seal these blessings upon you
in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
Alma B. Larson, Patriarch
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