About Joseph Moses said,"Blessed of the Lord is his land,... Let the blessing come on the head of Joseph...Together with them he shall push push the people to the ends of the earth. They are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh."
Joseph was the eleventh son of Jacob. He was born to Jacob's favorite wife, Rachel, in Paddan-Aram after she had been barren seven years. The name Joseph means "may God increase." Joseph fathered two tribes of Israel: Ephraim and Manasseh, these later became independent tribes.
Joseph received preferential treatment, which angered his ten older brothers. His brothers faked his death to their father Jacob, and sold him to a caravan of Ishmaelite traders who were on their way to Egypt. God gave Joseph the power to interpret dreams, and when Pharaoh had two disturbing dreams, Joseph was brought before the Pharaoh, and interpreted his dreams, of seven years of plenty, followed by seven years of famine.
Joseph's banner (flag) was black. His emblem was a bull. His gem was onyx. The orange-yellow background of this window represents the ripe corn . . The bow and the arrow in the center refer to the verse "Archers hated him, shot at him and harried him. Yet his boy stayed taunt, and his arms firm".
"Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a well' his branches run over the wall. The archers have bitterly grieved him, Shot at him and hated him. But his bow remained in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by hands of the Mighty God of Jacob (from there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel)
"By the God of your father who will help you, and by the Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breast and of the womb.
"The blessings of your father have excelled the blessings of my ancestors, Up to the utmost bound of hte everlasting hills. They shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers." (Genesis 49:22-26)
Deacon Joseph Smith
Deacon Glenn Johnson
Deaconess Susie Smith
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