Some of My Favorite Mormon History Stories
of Latter Day Saints and Church Leaders


Joseph Can't Translate While Angry with Emma

Martin Harris Tests Joseph's Translating Gift

The 3 Witnesses See the Golden Plates

Oliver Cowdery Testifies of Plates in Court

Sydney Rigdon's Final Confession to His Son

Joseph Fulfills Newell Whitney's Vision

Hostile Police Constables Befriend Joseph Smith

Lucy Mack Smith Confronts Rude Minister

Joseph Smith Predicts Stars Would Fall

John Taylor Defends Joseph to Parley Pratt

General Doniphan Saves Joseph Smith's Life

Joseph Rebukes Obscene Jail Guards

Joseph's Prophecy of Preaching in Jackson County

Alexander McRae Tells of Life In Liberty Jail

Turley Challenges John Whitmer's Testimony

Apostles Fulfill Joseph's Far West Prophecy

Joseph's Reaction to Giving Temple Ordinances to the Apostles

Joseph Smith's Rocky Mountain Prophecies

Willard Richard's 2 Minutes in Carthage Jail

Prophecy of Willard Richard Surviving Carthage

Vilate Kimball's Vision of Plural Marriage

Alfred Young's Vision of Celestial Kingdom

Benjamin Brown's Conversion, Miracles and Visions

Pioneer Testifies of Angels Pushing Handcarts

The Miracles of Mary Fielding Smith

Thomas and Mary Thomas' Trials of Faith

Brigham Young's Visions of Joseph Smith

Brigham Young's Vision of Temples

Josiah Quincy Goes to Nauvoo, Meets Joseph Smith

Tolstoy on Mormonism's Future

Members Write of Miracles in Kirtland Temple

Logan Temple President Meets Satan

Lorenzo Snow Sees Jesus in the Salt Lake Temple

LDS Apostles Attacked by Devils

Wilford Woodruff's Vision of Joseph Smith

Wilford Woodruff Revelation on Sugar Industry

Spencer Kimball Helps Pregnant Mother in Airport

Spencer Kimball Calls New Patriarch

Spencer Kimball Corrects Profane Orderly

Spencer Kimball Declares His Priesthood Keys

Girl Teaches Articles of Faith to Man on Bus


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Elizabeth and Newell Whitney Meet Joseph Smith

Elizabeth Whitney writes of when she and her husband met Joseph Smith, and how that meeting fulfilled a revelation the Whitneys received while praying.

"One night, it was midnight—my husband and I were in our house at Kirtland, praying to the Father to be shown the way when the Spirit rested upon us and a cloud overshadowed the house. It was as though we were out of doors. The house passed away from our vision. We were not conscious of anything but the presence of the spirit and the cloud that was over us. We were wrapped in the cloud. A solemn awe pervaded us. We saw the cloud and felt the Spirit of the Lord. Then we heard a voice out of the cloud saying, 'Prepare to receive the word of the Lord, for it is coming.' At this we marveled greatly, but from that moment we knew that the word of the Lord was coming to Kirtland."

In the Whitney family history, they write that "about the first of February, 1831, a sleigh containing four persons, drove through the streets of Kirtland and drew up in front of Gilbert & Whitney's store. The occupants of the sleigh were evenly divided as to sex. One of the men, a young and stalwart personage, alighted, and springing up the steps walked into the store and to where the junior partner was standing. 'Newel K. Whitney, thou art the man!' he exclaimed, extending his hand cordially, as if to an old and familiar acquaintance.

"'You have the advantage of me,' replied the one addressed, as he mechanically took the proffered hand. 'I could not call you by name as you have me.'

"'I am Joseph the Prophet' said the stranger, smiling. 'You've prayed me here; now what do you want of me?' The Prophet, it is said, while in the East, had seen the Whitneys, in a vision, praying for his coming to Kirtland.

"Newell Whitney, astonished, but no less delighted, conducted the party across the street to his house on the corner, where he introduced them to his wife. She shared fully his surprise and pleasure. Elizabeth Whitney writes, 'I remarked to my husband that this was the fulfilment of the vision we had seen of a cloud, as of glory, resting upon our house.'

"To bring the revelation about the Whitney's receiving the word of God to pass yet more literally, during the time the Prophet resided with them, and under their very roof, a number of the revelations were given, now recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants."


Sources:
Elizabeth Ann Whitney, Autobiography, 1800-1882, Cited in Edward W. Tullidge, "The Women of Mormondom", New York, 1877
Orson F. Whitney, Saturday Night Thoughts, p.33


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