This is the second entry from the “Book of Anointings,” a record of second anointings administered in the unfinished Nauvoo Temple.
Sunday, January 11, 1846
31 minutes to 7 p.m.
Assembled in President Brigham Young’s room, no. 1, in the attic story of the Lord’s house: President Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde, Parley P. Pratt, Orson Pratt, Willard Richards, John Taylor, Amasa Lyman, Newel K. Whitney, George Miller, Edmund Ellsworth, Mary Young, Vilate Kimball, Leonora Taylor, Elizabeth Ann Whitney, and Elizabeth Ellsworth.
Brother John Taylor started the hymn, “This Earth Was Once a Garden Place,” all being clothed in priestly garments.
President Brigham Young prayed, all having knelt around the altar. Previous to prayer they all arose, sang a hymn, and offered up the signs of the holy priesthood.
Then Brother Heber C. Kimball proceeded to anoint and consecrate President Brigham Young a king and a priest unto the most high God, over the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and over the whole house of Israel:
Brother Brigham Young, I pour this holy consecrated oil upon your head and anoint thee a king and a priest of the most high God, over the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and unto all Israel.
And I anoint thine head, that thy brain may be healthy and active and quick to think and to understand and to direct thy whole body; and I anoint thine eyes, that they may see and perceive, and that thou mayest not be deceived in what thou beholdest, and that thy sight may never fail thee; and I anoint thine ears, that they may be quick to hear and communicate to thine understanding, and that thou mayest hear the secret deliberations of thine enemies, and thereby thou shalt be enabled to overreach their designs; and I anoint thy nose, that thou mayest scent and relish the fragrance of the good things of the earth; and I anoint thy mouth, that thou mayest be enabled to speak the great things of God and confound all the wisdom of man, and put to nought all who shall rise up to oppose thee in all countries where thou goest, for thou shalt build up the kingdom of God among many people and in the midst of mighty nations.
So thy glory shall be established. And whomsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whomsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven; for there shall be given unto thee crowns, and kingdoms, and dominions. And thou shalt receive all thine heart shall desire, and thy soul shall be satisfied with a multitude of blessings which thou shalt receive; for princes shall bow at thy feet and deliver unto thee their treasures, and thou shalt teach them the principles of salvation.
And I seal thee up unto eternal life, that thou shalt come forth in the morn of the first resurrection and receive all these blessings in their fulness, and thou shalt attain unto the eternal Godhead and receive a fulness of joy, and glory, and power; and that thou mayest do all things whatsoever is wisdom that thou shouldst do, even if it be to create worlds and redeem them. So shall thy joy be full, to the praise and glory of God. Amen.
Elder Heber C. Kimball then anointed Mary Ann Young a queen and priestess unto her husband (Brigham Young), in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in the house of Israel:
Sister Mary Ann Young, I pour upon thine head this holy consecrated oil and seal upon thee all the blessings of the everlasting priesthood in conjunction with thine husband; and I anoint thee to be a queen and priestess unto thine husband, over the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
And thou shalt be heir to all the blessings which are sealed upon him, inasmuch as thou dost obey his counsel; and thou shalt receive glory, honor, power, and exaltation in his exaltation. And thou shalt be a strength in thy mind, for thou shalt have visions and manifestations of the Holy Spirit. And the time shall come that angels shall visit thee, and minister unto thee, and teach thee, and in absence of thy husband shall comfort thee and make known his situation.
Thou shalt be a wise counsellor to many of thy sex, and they shall look unto thee for precept and for example. Thou shalt be noted and honored for thy generosity and the freedom and good feelings with which thou shalt relieve the wants of the distressed, and the discretion with which thou shalt act in thy sphere in all things.
And I seal thee up unto eternal life, that thou shalt come forth in the morning of the first resurrection and inherit with him all the honors, glories, and power of eternal lives, and that thou shalt attain unto the eternal Godhead. So thy exaltation shall be perfect and thy glory be full, in a fulness of power and exaltation. And the glory, honor, and power shall be ascribed unto the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
[For readability’s sake, reformatting of the entry into smaller paragraphs and have standardized spelling and punctuation. An original, unedited transcript of this entry can be found in David John Buerger’s The Mysteries of Godliness, pp. 88-90.]