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Raising the Stakes: How Joseph Smith’s First Vision Became All or Nothing
Monday, July 6, 2020

Raising the Stakes: How Joseph Smith’s First Vision Became All or Nothing

 

This is the abstract to the article, "Raising the Stakes: How Joseph Smith’s First Vision Became All or Nothing," by Steven C. Harper. For the full article, follow the link at the bottom of the page.

Historian Steven C. Harper, editor in chief of BYU Studies, addressed a conference held at the Huntington Library in January 2020 and examined the evolution of how the Church has treated Joseph Smith’s First Vision over the years. In the early years, Joseph was reluctant to talk or write about his first vision, leaving only a couple of public accounts. In the information age, the internet has made it necessary for the Church to publish as much information as possible about the First Vision and the various accounts of it.