February 17, 2023

Elizabeth Ann Whitney’s Vision

We had been praying to know from the Lord how we could obtain the gift of the Holy Ghost. My husband, Newel K. Whitney, and myself, were Campbellites. We had been baptized for the remission of our sins,and believed in the laying on of hands and the gifts of the spirit. But there was no one with authority to confer the Holy Ghost upon us. We were seeking to know how to obtain the spirit and the gifts bestowed upon the ancient saints….

One night—it was midnight—as my husband and I, in our house at Kirtland, we’re praying to the father to be shown the way, 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 we 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.

Joseph Smith, with his wife Emma, and a servant girl, came to Kirtland in a sleigh; they drove up in front of my husband’s store; Joseph jumped out and went in; he reached his hand across the counter to my husband and called him by name. My husband, not thinking it was anyone in whom he was interested, spoke, saying “I could not call you by name as you have me.” He answered “I am Joseph the Prophet; you have prayed me here, now what do you want of me?” My husband brought them directly to our own house; we were more than glad to welcome them and share with them all the comforts and blessings we enjoyed. I remarked to my husband that this was the fulfillment of the vision we had seen of a cloud as of glory resting upon our house.

More Blog Posts:

Get to know Newel K. Whitney

Newel K. Whitney Store Kirtland Ohio

Saints to gather in Kirtland, Ohio

Joseph’s Kirtland Ohio Accomplishments

Places to Visit:

Historic Kirtland Ohio

Newel K. Whitney Store

Salt Lake City Cemetery SLC, Utah-where Elizabeth is buried.


”The Witnes of Women, firsthand Experiences and Testimonies from the Restoration” (P. 8-9)

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