At the time that African-American Elijah Abel received the priesthood, he was also given a Patriarchal blessing under the hands of Joseph Smith Sr. Father Smith stated in the blessing that Elijah’s soul will be what color in the eternities?
b. Off white
(A) Blessing meeting
The idea that patriarchal blessings are too ‘sacred’ to be shared is a relatively recent one. In the early days of the church such blessings were bestowed at ‘blessing meetings’ where all might hear and appreciate them.
Marquardt, H. Michael, Early Patriarchal Blessings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: The Smith-Pettit Foundation, 2007), vii.