If it did not, then this work is a fraud. Timeline Joseph Smith claimed to have experienced the First Vision inyet there appears to be no record before If this event occurred inthen it was 12 years later when Joseph decided to first make a record of it; 2 years after the organization of the Church.
No contemporary periodicals in the s mention Joseph Smith, none of the publications of the Church in that decade, and no journal or correspondence from that time mention the story of the First Vision.
Former Church Historian James B. A Journal of Mormon Thought, Autumn According to the historical record, there is no reference to the First Vision as we know it, in any published material in the s.
Five years later the Church decided to add to the Book of Commandments a series of lectures that Joseph prepared for teaching in the School of the Prophets. The story of the First Vision was not printed in the s. Before its first publication, none of the more than 16, members of the Church ever recorded hearing about it.
Common First Vision-like Accounts Several religious publications in the New England area demonstrate that such visions were common during the early Church. Norris Stearns published his own vision in Greenfield, Massachusetts in ; not far from where the Joseph Smith Senior family lived in Vermont.
At the same time, there appeared a small gleam of light in the room, above the brightness of the sun, then at his meridian, which grew brighter and brighter… At length, being in an ecstasy of joy, I turned to the other side of the bed, whether in the body or out I cannot tell, God knoweth there I saw two spirits, which I knew at the first sight.
But if I had the tongue of an Angel I could not describe their glory, for they brought the joys of heaven with them. One was God, my Maker, almost in bodily shape like a man. His face was, as it were a flame of Fire, and his body, as it had been a Pillar and a Cloud.
Below him stood Jesus Christ my Redeemer, in perfect shape like a man—His face was not ablaze, but had the countenance of fire, being bright and shining. All was condescension, peace, and love! Minister Elias Smith published a book in which he told of his conversion in Asa Wild claimed to have a revelation that was published on October 22, Billy Hibbard, a New York preacher, published his memoirs in and included an experience with meeting Jesus and God the Father when was a young boy.
Minister of the Gospel, 5. John S Thompson, a New York minister, published another similar account in Solomon Chamberlin, an early member of the Church, published a pamphlet of his experience before he met Joseph Smith.
The angel told him that the churches were corrupt and that God would soon raise up an apostolic church. Chamberlain printed up an account of his visions and was still distributing them and looking for the apostolic church when he stopped in Palmyra. Contradictory Accounts of the First Vision Josephsmithpapers.
Letterbook 1A, 27 November Fourth account— account from the Wentworth Letter notes two beings; again neither identified as God or Jesus. Which One Is Correct?
Just after the turn of the century the Church needed to decide on an official account of the First Vision. It picked the version that was printed in the Times and Seasons on March 15th, It was the first time any account identified the heavenly visitor sas anything other than angels.Sometimes it’s not best to look at another’s exemption until after you’ve had a go at doing your own first.
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PREFACE. My Love, I am writing this letter to explain in detail how I came to the conclusion that the Church is not all it claims to be.
I long for your understanding and support.
“The honest investigator must be prepared to follow wherever the search of truth may lead. Truth is often found in the most unexpected places. He must, with fearless and open mind insist that facts are far more important than any cherished, mistaken beliefs, no matter how unpleasant the facts or how delightful the beliefs.”.