The Church Historian’s Press is pleased to announce the release of The First Vision: A Joseph Smith Papers Podcast. This six-part miniseries explores the history and legacy of Joseph Smith’s first vision, as series host Spencer W. McBride, PhD, interviews historians and other scholars in a documentary-style podcast about this central event in Latter-day Saint history. Released in the bicentennial year of Joseph Smith’s 1820 vision, the podcast recreates the world in which Joseph Smith sought answers to the pressing questions of his soul and helps listeners understand the vision from a historical perspective.
“Listeners will hear a story that is simultaneously familiar and new,” McBride said of the podcast. “I think listeners will hear details of the story of Joseph Smith’s first vision that are new to them, details that will illuminate the event and its relevance to their lives.”
Joseph Smith recounted the vision several times during his lifetime, and he and fellow church members recorded a number of these instances. This new podcast explores all the original accounts of the First Vision and demonstrates how the different accounts, when examined together, reveal a more complete portrait of the event. The podcast also analyzes how the 1820 vision continues to resonate with people around the world.
Scholars featured in the podcast include Matthew C. Godfrey, Steven Harper, Rachel Cope, Christopher Jones, Robin Jensen, Jenny Lund, Brent Rogers, and Mark Staker. Also featured is Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr., a General Authority Seventy and the Church Historian and Recorder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.