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All Things Dear Painting of Emma Smith by Julie Rogers
Emma Wanting a Blessing from Joseph
Emma Wanting a Blessing from Joseph before he goes to Carthage

Some time shortly before Joseph was leaving for Carthage, Emma asked him for a blessing.  The Prophet told her he didn’t have time just then to give her a blessing, but for her to write the best blessing she could and he would sign it when he returned.   Emma wrote [the desires of her heart as a blessing from the Lord through Joseph]:

First of all that I would crave as the richest of heaven’s blessings would be wisdom from my Heavenly Father bestowed daily, so that whatever I might do or say, I would not look back at the close of the day with regret, nor neglect the performance of any act that would bring a blessing.  I desire the spirit of God to know and understand myself that I might be able to overcome whatever Tradition or nature that would not tend to my exaltation in the eternal worlds.  I desire a fruitful, active mind, that I may be able to comprehend the designs of God, when revealed through His Servants without doubting.  I desire the spirit of discernment, which is one of the blessings of the Holy Ghost.

I particularly wisdom to bring up all the children that are, or may be committed to my charge, in such a manner that they will be useful ornaments in the Kingdom of God, and in the coming day rise up and call me blessed.

I desire prudence that I may not through ambition abuse my body and cause it to be prematurely old and care-worn, but that I may wear a cheerful countenance, live to perform all the work I covenanted to perform in the spirit-world and be a blessing to all who may in any wise need aught at my hands.

I desire with all my heart to honor and respect my husband as my head, to ever live in his confidence and by acting in unison with him to retain the place which God has given me by his side.   I desire to see my kindred and friend embrace the principles of Eternal Truth, that I may rejoice with them in the blessings which God has in store for all who are willing to be obedient to His requirements.

Finally, I desire that whatever may be my lot through life I may be enabled to acknowledge the hand of God in all things.”

And she did, Joseph went to Carthage, the blessing was never signed.  Please see our film for more on this event.


  1. Emma and Joseph: Their Divine Mission”, pg. 295-296 by Gracia Jones.

  2. Emma Hale Smith died on the 30th anniversary of the death of their twins April 30, 1879 at age 74. Her Last words were, “Joseph! Joseph! Joseph!” According to Joseph Smith III, she also said, “Joseph, I am Coming!” In a dream a few nights before she died she had a dream and that “she saw a oersonage of light standing beside Joseph, even the Lord Jesus Christ.” Source: Emma and Joseph Smith: Their Devine Mission”, p. 343.