January 11, 2023

David Whitmer’s Miracle

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Stories of miracles are some of my favorite stories to tell and retell. Sometimes we forget that our God is a God of miracles. There is so much sadness, depression, anger in this world and there is a tendency to let that overrun all the good. There are also miracles, joy, hope, happiness, sunshine it depends on our focus.

David Whitmer’s experience is one that is not easy to forget. David was not looking for this miracle to happen, it would not seem possible, he was not expecting it. God knows what we need, more that we need and works accordingly. There has been a heavy influence on miracles in that last couple conferences and it seems like that Lord is ready and willing to give us miracles and it is through our faith that they happen.

President Nelson’s October 2022 Promise

President Nelson, the current prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is wonderful at reminding the members of the Church of the greater picture and how the Savior has so much more in store for this world.

In the General Conference October 2022, President Nelson gave the members purpose in looking towards the future.

He said:

“But, my dear brothers and sisters, so many wonderful things are ahead. In coming days, we will see the greatest manifestations of the Savior’s power that the world has ever seen. Between now and the time He returns “with power and great glory,” He will bestow countless privileges, blessings, and miracles upon the faithful.”

Can you believe he said: “We will see the GREATEST MANIFESTATION of the Saviors power, the world has EVER seen!!” When you think of all the wonderful manifestations of the Saviors power, and we will be able to see greatest manifestations of that power, it’s pretty exciting!

On a tour of South America in 2018 President Nelson said:

“We are witnesses to the process of restoration. If you think the Church is fully restored, you’re just seeing the beginning. There’s much more to come. Wait until next year, and then the next year. Eat your vitamins, get your rest. It’s going to be exciting!”

In his conference address in April 2022, President Nelson told us to “seek and expect miracles”!!

He said:

“Moroni assured us that “God has not ceased to be a God of miracles.” Every book of scripture demonstrates how willing the Lord is to intervene in the lives of those who believe in Him. He parted the Red Sea for Moses, helped Nephi retrieve the brass plates, and restored His Church through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Each of these miracles took time and may not have been exactly what those individuals originally requested from the Lord.
In the same way, the Lord will bless you with miracles if you believe in Him, “doubting nothing.” Do the spiritual work to seek miracles. Prayerfully ask God to help you exercise that kind of faith. I promise that you can experience for yourself that Jesus Christ “giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” Few things will accelerate your spiritual momentum more than realizing the Lord is helping you to move a mountain in your life.”

It is becoming a theme for President Nelson to urge us to look for miracles and they will be there! We will be able to see the miracles all around us, for those that believe. President Nelson’s talks get me excited for the future, and miracles that will come! What a wonderful time to be alive! There were so many miracles in the beginning of the restorations and they have not stopped.

David Whitmers Miracle

David Whitmers miracle is one of the best! He was just a regular guy trying to figure out what the Lord wanted him to do. David was friends with Oliver Cowdery and both were curious about the rumors they had hears about Joseph Smith and the gold bible. Oliver went to check things out and converted quickly, and wanted David to be a part of all of it too. Joseph sent a letter to David about helping them with the translation of The Book of Mormon, and David was interested in going, but he had so much work to do at his farm.

This is what happened:

”Joseph sent for me. . . To come to Harmony to get him and Oliver and bring them to my father's house. I did not know what to do. I was pressed with my work. I had some 20 acres to plow, so I concluded I would finish plowing and then go. I got up one morning. . . and . . . found[that] between five and seven acres of my ground had been plowed during the night. . . This enabled me to start sooner[and my father remarked that ‘there must be some overruling power in this thing.’]”

He woke up and all the work was done! Someone had plowed five to seven acres of land in the night! Weather it was the work of a kind neighbor or more likely heavenly assistance, it is truly a miracle! Heavenly Father wants to show us miracles, and will show us miracles depending on our desires.

One of the best parts of the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is learning about the conversion of each of the members. There were mighty miracles shown to average people, on a daily basis. Faith comes before the miracles and the these people were prepared to see the hand of the Lord.

Lucy Mack Smith’s recording of Davids Miracle

“David went to the field, and found that he had two heavy days’ work before him. … He then fastened his horses to the harrow, and instead of dividing the field into what is, by farmers, usually termed lands, drove around the whole of it, continuing thus till noon, when, on stopping for dinner, he looked around, and discovered to his surprise, that he had harrowed in full half the wheat. After dinner he went on as before, and by evening he finished the whole two days’ work.
“His father, on going into the field the same evening, saw what had been done, and he exclaimed, ‘There must be an overruling hand in this, and I think you would better go down to Pennsylvania as soon as your plaster of paris is sown.’
“The next morning, David took a wooden measure under his arm and went out to sow the plaster, which he had left, two days previous, in heaps near his sister’s house, but, on coming to the place, he discovered that it was gone! He then ran to his sister, and inquired of her if she knew what had become of it. Being surprised she said, ‘Why do you ask me? was it not all sown yesterday?’
“‘Not to my knowledge,’ answered David.
“‘I am astonished at that,’ replied his sister, ‘for the children came to me in the forenoon, and begged of me to go out and see the men sow plaster in the field, saying, that they never saw anybody sow plaster so fast in their lives. I accordingly went, and saw three men at work in the field, as the children said, but, supposing that you had hired some help, on account of your hurry, I went immediately into the house, and gave the subject no further attention.’
“David made considerable inquiry in regard to the matter, both among his relatives and neighbors, but was not able to learn who had done it” (Lucy Mack Smith, History of Joseph Smith by His Mother, ed. Preston Nibley [1958], 148–49).

More Blog Post on topic:

Who is David Whitmer?

Women Witnesses of the Book of Mormon

“It is time to build a temple in the area where it all started” Palmyra, New York Temple

11 Awesome Facts about the Palmyra, New York Temple

Places to Visit Near Harmony, Pennsylvania:

Priesthood Restoration Site

Rebuilt Home of Joseph and Emma Smith

Emma Hale Childhood Home

Whitmer Family Home- Fayette New York

Ray County, Missouri Home Marker

David Whitmers Grave Missouri

References:

2016 Volume 63 Numbers 2,3,4 “Pioneer” The National Society of the ones of Utah Pioneer presents “The Heavens Are Opened” and exhibit at the Church History Museum

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