Kirtland, Ohio
Newel K. Whitney store
Sections (78), 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, and 101
September 1832 to December 1833
"For whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two priesthoods of which I have spoken, and the magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies.
". . . he that receiveth me receiveth my Father;
"And he that receiveth my Father receiveth my Father's kingdom; therefore all that my Father hath shall be given unto him.
A Bishop's storehouse for the care of the poor was established in the Whitney Store.
"And this is according to the oath and covenant which belongeth to the priesthood.
Doctrine and Covenants 84:33, 37-39
"And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;
"And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures;
"And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint."
Doctrine and Covenants 89:18-20
"Verily, thus saith the Lord . . . whom I love I also chasten that their sins may be forgiven, for with the chastisement I prepare a way for their deliverance in all things out of temptation . . ."
Doctrine and Covenants 95:1
". . . in this world your joy is not full, but in me your joy is full.
"Therefore, care not for the body, neither the life of the body; but care for the soul, and for the life of the soul.
"And seek the face of the Lord always, that in patience ye may possess your souls, and ye shall have eternal life."
Doctrine and Covenants 101:36-38
Restored Whitney Store, which served as home to Joseph and Emma, and Church headquarters from the fall of 1832 through the winter of 1833.
Key Events
Joseph and Emma's family residence from 1832 to 1833.
The store served as headquarters for the Church while the Prophet lived here.
The First Presidency was organized here in 1832.
The School of the Prophets was held in an upper room of the store the winter of 1832-1833.
Members of the School of the Prophets beheld a vision of the Father and Son.
Joseph Smith's inspired translation of the Bible was "completed" here in 1833 by command of the Lord.
16 or 17 revelations now included in the Doctrine and Covenants were received by the Prophet here.
The 'translating room' where much of the inspired translation of the Bible was done, many revelations were received, and Church business was conducted.
Words of Joseph Smith
"I exhorted the brethren to faithfulness and diligence in keeping the commandments of God, and gave much instruction for the benefit of the Saints, with a promise that the pure in heart should see a heavenly vision; and after remaining a short time in secret prayer, the promise was verified; for many present had the eyes of their understanding opened by the Spirit of God, so as to behold many things . . . Many of the brethren saw a heavenly vision of the Savior, and concourses of angels, and many other things, of which each one has a record of what he saw." (History of the Church, 1:333)
"On the subject of ordination, a few words are necessary. In many instances there has been too much haste in this thing, and the admonition of Paul has been too slightingly passed over, which says, 'Lay hands suddenly upon no man.' Some have been ordained to the ministry, and have never acted in that capacity, or magnified their calling at all. Such may expect to lose their appointment, except they awake and magnify their office. Let the Elders abroad be exceedingly careful upon this subject, and when they ordain a man to the holy ministry, let him be a faithful man, who is able to teach others also; that the cause of Christ suffer not. It is not the multitude of preachers that is to bring about the glorious millennium! but it is those who are 'called, and chosen, and faithful.'" (History of the Church 1:468)
This room served as the School of the Prophets during the winter of 1832-1833. The Word of Wisdom was received in response to prayer by the Prophet because of complaints by Emma regarding the use of tobacco at meetings held here. This room is most significant because some temple ordinances were performed here before the completion of the Kirtland Temple. Also, in another meeting held in this room, the Prophet and several brethren in attendance saw a vision of God the Father and his son Jesus Christ.
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