Kirtland Society Bank note
We often read that when the Kirtland Safety Society failed, many felt that Joseph Smith was a fallen prophet and apostatized. What percentage of the 187 investors actually left the Church?
c. It has Biblical origins
Such prophets as Samuel, Elijah, and Elisha conducted special schools that were called here “the company of the prophets” ( 1 Samuel 19:20).
Elsewhere, the men who attended these schools were called “sons of the prophets” (1 Kings 20:35). This fact is of interest to Latter-day Saints because Joseph Smith set up a similar school in Kirtland, Ohio, to help teach priesthood holders their special duties.
Old Testament Student Manual, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2003, 279.