Joseph’s First Vision

I was asked if Joseph Smith saw more than two personages in his First Vision.  In the account written in 1835 Joseph stated:  “I saw many angels in this vision.” 

The account in the Pearl of Great Price (written in 1838) omits any mention of this detail.

3 thoughts on “Joseph’s First Vision

  1. I’m glad that Joseph wrote the “official version” in the late 1830s.
    What he put in it was what was pertinent for the world to know. I often wonder how much some of our Apostles and Prophets have been shown and told to stand down, because the world isn’t ready for the information, truths, visions, visitations etc that they have just received.

  2. The 1832 recital of the First Vision as dictated by Joseph Smith to Frederick G. Williams. See Dean C Jessee, The Personal Writings of Joseph Smith (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1984), 3-8; Milton V Backman, Joseph Smith’s First Vision (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1971), Appendix A; cf. Dean C Jessee, ed., “The Early Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision,” BYUS 9 (1969):280

    Hugh Nibley wrote, “The oldest and best testimony to Joseph Smith’s first vision has received no attention whatever by the Latter-day Saints since its discovery in 1969…” CWHN 12:396,428 f44

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