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Circumstantial Confirmation of the First Vision Through Reminiscences

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Circumstantial Confirmation of the First Vision Through Reminiscences

Richard L. Anderson

The bread and butter work of the historian is less the divining of bias than a careful reading of his documents to determine just what is said, whether his source is in a position to know the information related, and to what extent each one tells a partial or complete story. Because it is claimed that Joseph Smith's account of the events surrounding his First Vision are not factual, the foregoing procedures must be applied to his own statements and to all other accounts that claim to relate first-hand information about his earliest activities.

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