Elizabeth Ann Whitney, 2nd Counselor in General Relief Society Presidency, 1880–1882
Elizabeth Ann Whitney,
wife of Bishop Whitney, wrote that the feast for the poor
"lasted three days, during which time all in the vicinity of
Kirtland who would come were invited and entertained. . . .
The Prophet Joseph and his two Counselors being present each
day, talking, blessing, and comforting the poor, by words of
encouragement and their most welcome presence. . . . The
Prophet Joseph often referred to this particular Feast . . .
and testified of the great blessing he felt in associating
with the meek and humble . . . whom the Lord . . . 'delights
to own and bless'."