Newel K. Whitney

Feb 5, 1795
Marlboro, Vermont
Sep 23, 1850
Salt Lake City, Utah

Newel K. Whitney was born in Marlboro, Vermont on February 5, 1795. While traveling on a business trip, Newel met Elizabeth Ann Smith in Kirtland, Ohio. The couple courted for three years before their marriage in 1823. While seeking to learn more about God and church, Newel and Elizabeth had a spiritual experience that prompted them to prepare and wait for an answer. Soon after, Newel and Elizabeth were baptized into the church and met Joseph and Emma Smith, who then lived in the Whitney home for a couple of years. Newel K. Whitney's home served as a meetinghouse for the early prophets and apostles to learn and have discussions about the church. Throughout his ministry, Newel was called to be a bishop in the church twice and became the manager of financial operations. After crossing the plains with his family, Newel served as a bishop in Salt Lake City for two years before his death in 1850.

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