Newel K. Whitney Home, Kirtland, Ohio, USA

The Newel K. Whitney Kirkland, OH home, 2017. Photo by Kenneth Mays.

Newel Kimball Whitney and his wife, Elizabeth Ann Whitney, were converted to the gospel in November 1830 in Kirtland, and baptized by Sidney Rigdon.

When Joseph and Emma Smith initially moved to Kirtland, they stayed with the Whitney’s for several weeks before moving to the Isaac Morley farm. History of the Church relates the arrival of the Prophet into Kirtland as follows:

About the first of February, 1831, a sleigh containing four persons drove through the streets of Kirtland and drew up in front of the store of Gilbert and Whitney. 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….’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 vision, praying for his coming to Kirtland.1

Key Events at the Newel K. Whitney Home

  • Joseph and Emma Smith lived here for several weeks after arriving in Kirtland.
  • Elsa Johnson was healed from having rheumatism in her arm, one of the first miracles to occur after the organization of the Church.
  • Sections 41-44 of the Doctrine and Covenants were likely revealed there since Joseph Smith was living at the Whitney home when they were received.

Before missionaries arrived in Kirtland, the Whitney’s had prayed unto the Lord to know how they might receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. They were told to “prepare to receive the word of the Lord, for it is coming!”2

It was at the Whitney home where the Prophet Joseph Smith healed a sister by the name of Elsa Johnson from having rheumatism in her arm which resulted in the conversion of Elsa and her husband. Also while living in this home, Joseph Smith extended a call to Edward Partridge to be the first bishop of this dispensation.

In 2003, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints restored the Newel K. Whitney Home.


SOURCES

 

1 Joseph Smith, History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 vols., introduction and notes by B. H. Roberts (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1932-1951), Ch. 13, footnote.

2 Ibid.

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The Newel K. Whitney Kirkland, OH home, 1985. Photo by Kenneth Mays.
The Newel K. Whitney Kirkland, OH home, 1999. Photo by Kenneth Mays.
Newel K. Whitney home and store, 2017. Photo by Kenneth Mays.

Articles & Resources

Elizabeth Ann Whitney's Experience Previous to Hearing the Gospel

Author(s): Elizabeth Ann Whitney
Type: First-person account
Source(s): Edward W. Tullidge, The Women of Mormondom (New York: Tullidge & Crandall, 1877), 41.

We still continued the work of translation, when in the ensuing month (May, 1829), we on a certain day went into the woods to pray and inquire of the Lord respecting baptism for the remission of sins, that we found mentioned in the translation of the plates. While we were thus employed…

History of the Church's Account of the Healing of Elsa Johnson

Author(s): Joseph Smith, Jr.
Type: First-person account
Source(s): Joseph Smith, History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 vols., introduction and notes by B. H. Roberts (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1932-1951), Ch. 17, footnote.

Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, and some other citizens of this place [Hiram], visited Smith at his home in Kirtland, in 1831. Mrs. Johnson had been afflicted for some time with a lame arm, and was not at…

Newel K. and Elizabeth Ann Whitney Home, at LDS.org

Newel K. Whitney Home, at JosephSmith.net

Newel K. Whitney Home, at Doctrine & Covenants Revelvation Sites Website

D. Michael Quinn, “The Newel K. Whitney Family,” Ensign, December 1978, 42.

Newel K. Whitney Home PDF