This place is fascinating! First of all, I must confess that I hate old houses. They make me nervous. Not sure why. This place though? I LOVE IT! The details are beautifully amazing!
This store is where Joseph Smith first met Newel K. Whitney, which is documented in Church History.
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. “You have the advantage of me,” replied the merchant, . . . “I could not call you by name as you have me.” “I am Joseph the Prophet,” said the stranger, smiling.
History of the Church, 1:146.
In the fall of 1832, Joseph Smith moved back to Kirtland from Hiram, OH. Newel K. Whitney prepared a room for him in the top of his store. He lived there for almost a year and a half.
Many important revelations were received there, including the Word of Wisdom, the oath and covenant of the priesthood and the revelation to build the Kirtland Temple.
This is the room where Joseph and Emma would have slept.
Joseph Smith received D&C 84-98 and D&C 101 sitting probably in this very spot.
My absolute favorite part about the Whitney Store is the School of the Prophets. It was held in an upper room of the store and it’s purpose was to teach gospel doctrines and principles to prepare members to go out and preach the gospel.