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First Vision Controversies: Implications for Accounts of Mormon Origins
Monday, July 20, 2020

First Vision Controversies: Implications for Accounts of Mormon Origins

Today we are featuring "First Vision Controversies: Implications for Accounts of Mormon Origins" from our new issue, Volume 59:2. Below is the abstract. Use the link below to access the full article. 

Do the earliest records surrounding Joseph Smith support an 1820 First Vision? The Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith’s 1828-1830 revelations show how the church came into being and why a new church was needed but do not mention a First Vision. Lucy Mack Smith’s history suggests that the Lord began speaking to Joseph in 1829, not 1820. Records of local religious revivals indicate that 1824-25 was the time of religious excitement. Taves lists interpretive possibilities about when Joseph became concerned about which church was right, where he got the idea to inquire of the Lord, and who responded.