Kirtland, Ohio
Newel K. Whitney Home
Sections 41, 42, 43, 44, 70, and 72
February 1831 to December 1831
"If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things - that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal."
Doctrine and Covenants 42:61
"Again I say, hearken ye elders of my church, whom I have appointed: Ye are not sent forth to be taught, but to teach the children of men the things which I have put into your hands by the power of my Spirit;
Joseph first met Newel in the Whitney Store in February 1831 in answer to the Whitney's prayer.
"And ye are to be taught from on high. Sanctify yourselves and ye shall be endowed with power, that ye may give even as I have spoken."
Doctrine and Covenants 43:15-16
". . . It is required of the Lord, at the hand of every steward, to render an account of his stewardship, both in time and in eternity.
"For he who is faithful and wise in time is accounted worthy to inherit the mansions prepared for him of my Father."
Doctrine and Covenants 72:3-4
Key Events
Joseph and Emma lived with Whitneys for several weeks when they first arrive in Kirtland in February 1831.
4 revelations were revealed to the Prophet here that same month, and 2 more later that year.
Here Newel Whitney was called as the second Bishop in the Church.
This was the location of a three-day "Feast for the Poor" hosted by Bishop Whitney in February 1836 for the needy in the entire area.
Upon arriving in Kirtland from New York, Joseph and Emma lived for several weeks in the home of Newel and Elizabeth Whitney, adjacent to the Whitney Store.
Words of Joseph Smith
"The latter part of January [1831], in company with Brothers Sidney Rigdon and Edward Partridge, I started with my wife for Kirtland Ohio where we arrived about the first of February, and were kindly received and welcomed into the house of Brother Newel K. Whitney. My wife and I lived in the family of Brother Whitney several weeks, and received every kindness and attention which could be expected, and especially from Sister Whitney." (History of the Church 1:145)
"[I] attended a sumptuous feast at Bishop Newel K. Whitney's. This feast was after the order of the Son of God--the lame, the halt, and the blind were invited, according to the instructions of the Savior Our meeting was opened by singing, and prayer by Father Smith; after which Bishop Whitney's father and mother, and a number of others, were blessed with a patriarchal blessing. We then received a bountiful refreshment, furnished by the liberality of the Bishop. The company was large, and before we partook we had some of the songs of Zion sung; and our hearts were made glad by a foretaste of those joys that will be poured upon the heads of the Saints when they are gathered together on Mount Zion, to enjoy one another's society for evermore, even all the blessings of heaven, when there will be none to molest or make us afraid. Returned home, and spent the evening." (History of the Church 2:362)
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