First Vision

Comparing the First Vision Accounts
March 19, 2020
First Vision
Comparing the First Vision Accounts
Author BYU Studies Staff

Are you looking for a chart comparing the elements of Joseph Smith's First Vision accounts? This series of five tables compare the wording of nine accounts, which are all accessible at Joseph Smith Papers: https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/site/accounts-of-the-first-vision.

They show the background leading to the vision (Joseph's age, his purpose), how he described what he saw and heard, and his reaction. Seeing these accounts side-by-side helps us see a fuller picture of Joseph's experience in the grove. 

Use the link below to view the chart that corresponds with the chapters from Opening the Heavens