Joseph Smith had only one request of the publisher of the Chicago Democrat, to whom he directed his now-famous Wentworth Letter: All that I shall ask at his hands, is, that he publish the account entire, ungarnished, and without misrepresentation. In accord with that request, Opening the Heavens lets these foundational documents of key events in LDS Church history speak for themselves. The relevant passages are presented in their entirety, plainness, and veracity, according to established standards of documentary editing.
Here are the historical documents for the key events of the Restoration in which heavenly elements were powerfully evident: the First Vision, the translation of the Book of Mormon, the restoration of the priesthood, the opening of the heavens, the outpouring of keys at the Kirtland Temple, and the mantle of Joseph Smith passing to Brigham Young. Such events are the backbone of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The firsthand accounts contained in Opening the Heavens make it one of the most persuasive and influential Church history books you may ever read or own.