Narcissa Prentiss was born in 1808 in New York. When she was eleven Narcissa had a conversion and joined the Congregational Church. At sixteen, inspired by a female missionary to India, Narcissa decided she wanted to be a missionary. She was trained and worked as a teacher before offering herself as a missionary in 1834. Another would-be missionary, Dr. Marcus Whitman, proposed marriage so they could work as a team.
The day after their wedding in 1836, Narcissa and Marcus began the arduous journey west to present-day Washington. They built the Waiilatpu Mission where Narcissa taught Native American children and Marcus served as doctor and taught farming. After their daughter drowned, the Whitmans opened their home to a family of seven Oregon Trail orphans and other children.
Narcissa's inspiring letters from her journey and the mission were widely published and inspired countless others As a strong, articulate Christian and one of the first two white woman to cross the continental United States, she influenced a generation of Oregon Trail immigrants.
After eleven years serving the native peoples of the Walla Walla area, Narcissa, Marcus, and twelve others were massacred on November 29, 1847.
If Narcissa Whitman had taken the Spiritual Types Test she probably would have been a Sage. Narcissa Whitman is remembered on November 29.