In March 1840 William Miller conducted a series of revival meetings in Portland, Maine. In the series he lectured on the second coming of Christ and other Bible prophecies. Earnestly he preached that the end of the world was near. With her family and friends Ellen attended the meetings. Miller's powerful and solemn sermons brought "terrible conviction" to the entire city, and comfort and hope to 12-year-old Ellen (1LS, p. 137).