Whitmer cabin at Fayette, New York
Of the 11 witnesses, how many were Whitmer’s or related to the Whitmer’s?
D. The voice of the Lord caused the ground to shake
In February, the Twelve assembled once again in council. Orson Hyde recorded: “The voice of God came from on high, and spake to the Council. Every latent feeling was aroused, and every heart melted. What did it say unto us? ‘Let my servant Brigham step forth and receive the full power of the presiding Priesthood in my Church and kingdom.’ This was the voice of the Almighty unto us.”
Of the event, Hyde later recorded: “Men, women, and children came running together where we were, and asked us what was the matter. They said that their houses shook, and the ground trembled, and they did not know but that there was an earthquake. We told them that there was nothing the matter—not to be alarmed; the Lord was only whispering to us a little, and that he was probably not very far off.”
Coke Newell, Latter Days (St. Martin Press, New York City: 2000), 186.