Folklore tells of prophet's arrival in Ohio

The Whitney family folklore tells of the Prophet's arrival in Kirtland: "About the first of February 1831, a sleigh . . .drew up in front of the store of Gilbert and Whitney. . . . 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 Smith,' said the stranger. `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." (History of the Church 1:145-46, with footnote by B.H. Roberts.)

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