New York Gov. 1838 (JS-H 1:4-20) Tongue-tied and enveloped by thick darkness, Joseph felt doomed as he was “seized” by the astonishing “power of some actual being from the unseen world, who had such marvelous power as I had never before felt in any being.”16 This adversary “filled his mind with doubts and brought to mind all manner of distracting images.”17 At the moment when he had to choose whether or not he would succumb to the force that held him, Joseph exerted “all my powers to call upon God to deliver me out of the power of this enemy.”18, Joseph became conscious of a heavenly light descending upon him, growing more brilliant as it enveloped him and the leaves and boughs of the trees, until they seemed to be consumed with fire and the light was brighter than the sun. Joseph Smith, “History, circa June 1839–circa 1841 [Draft 2],” 2–3. This FHE lesson on Joseph Smith focuses on the different accounts of the First Vision and how the First Vision personally impacts our lives today. Joseph Smith, “History, circa Summer 1832,” 3. 1 Living in upstate New York in the 1810s, Joseph was surrounded by religious discussion and controversy. [27] Levi Richards journal, June 11, 1843, Church History Library; josephsmithpapers.org. Joseph Smith, “Journal, 1835–1836,” Nov. 9–11, 1835, 23. God the Father and Jesus Christ, “two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description,”1 appeared and spoke with him. Joseph Smith, “History, circa June 1839–circa 1841 [Draft 2],” 2. “Why did both the Father and the Son come to a boy, a mere lad? Scripture James 1:5 [6] Joseph Smith prepared four accounts of his First Vision, recorded in 1832, 1835, 1838 (now in the Pearl of Great Price), and 1842. 1835 (Joseph's Journal) Tap here to see it. 3, no. Alexander Neibaur journal, May 24, 1844. Religious revivals put the urgent question “What must I do to be saved?” foremost in his mind. An early convert, Edward Stevenson, recalled the Prophet saying, “I am a witness that there is a God, for I saw Him in open day, while praying in a silent grove, in the spring of 1820.” Said Stevenson, “O how these words thrilled my entire system, and filled me with joy unspeakable—to behold one who, like Paul the apostle of olden time, could with boldness testify that he had been in the presence of Jesus Christ!” (in Joseph Grant Stevenson, ed., Stevenson Family History [1955], 1:21). 3 (Spring 1969), 328–30. [24] “Must I join the Methodist Church?” he asked.25 “I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong.”26 The problem was that “all religious denominations were believing in incorrect doctrines.” God did not acknowledge any of them “as his church and kingdom.”27 The everlasting covenant, the tie between the ancient Christian gospel and the present day, “had been broken.”28, Jesus Christ confirmed Joseph’s observations that “the world lieth in sin” and that the existing churches had “turned aside from the gospel and keep not my commandments. Joseph Smith had found what he “most desired.”33 He “had found the testimony of James to be true, that a man who lacked wisdom might ask of God and obtain.”34 The answer to his prayerful quest was not the experience the revival preachers encouraged or perhaps that Joseph expected. Read the four firsthand accounts in their entirety: [1] In presenting background for the 1920 essay, Tait said Gates was part of a centennial memorial company led by President Joseph F. Smith that traveled to Joseph Smith’s birthplace in Vermont in December 1905. Smith described it as a vision in which he received instruction from God the Father and Jesus Christ.. [25] . * Each weekly kit coincides with the Come, Follow Me schedule. Stewart Pearce, Annals of Luzerne County (Philadelphia, 1866), in Porter, “Reverend George Lane,” 325. “I thank my Father in Heaven for the testimony I have of the reality of the First Vision. He had listened over and over as religious partisans wielded the Bible as a weapon, “endeavoring to establish their own tenets and disprove all others.”12 Now Joseph approached the Bible privately, quietly—as a living word rather than as a dead law—and it spoke to his seeking soul. The First Vision: A Narrative from Joseph Smith’s Accounts Steven C. Harper 27 April 2016 In spring 1820, 14-year-old Joseph Smith prayed in faith and … [35] “The Prophet . Joseph Smith's wrote or dictated four accounts of his first vision. In July 1819, more than one hundred ministers gathered for a conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, convened in Vienna (now Phelps), New York, a half-day’s walk from the Smith family farm.4 The area pulsed with “unusual excitement on the subject of religion.”5 The preaching of one of the ministers, George Lane, may have especially influenced Joseph. Combined, these accounts are a rich resource, providing Latter-day Saints with a greater understanding of this significant event. [19] Alexander Neibaur journal, May 24, 1844, josephsmithpapers.org. Joseph Smith-History 1:1-26 // The First Vision // January 4-10 This printable kit is packed with options for you and your entire family! [23] [33] (Verses 1–20.) Joseph Smith, “Journal, 1835–1836,” Nov. 9–11, 1835, 23. The official account of this first vision found in Mormon Scripture (Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith — History, 1:14-20) was not recorded by Joseph Smith until 1838, 18 years after the supposed event. [28] This compelling narrative of Joseph's vision is based on these accounts. “In a state of calmness and peace indescribable,”3 Joseph left that Sacred Grove knowing the reality of our Father in Heaven and His resurrected Son, Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith, “History, circa Summer 1832,” 3. He revealed himself first to me when I was about fourteen years old, a mere boy. Joseph left four known firsthand accounts of his vision, and contemporaries recorded five more known accounts after hearing him speak about it. Joseph Smith, “History, circa June 1839–circa 1841 [Draft 2],” 3. “The journey seems to have been a watershed event in Gates’ internalization of the First Vision narrative,” Tait said. Joseph Smith, “History, circa June 1839–circa 1841 [Draft 2],” 4. We review the 1832, 1825, 1838, and 1842 versions and address the contradictions and official LDS essay. “I retired to a secret place in a grove, and began to call upon the Lord; while fervently engaged in supplication, my mind was taken away from the objects with which I was surrounded, and I was enwrapped in a heavenly vision, and saw two glorious personages, who exactly resembled each other in features and likeness, surrounded with a brilliant light which eclipsed the sun at noon day” (History of the Church, 4:536). Joseph Smith, “History, circa Summer 1832,” 1–2, josephsmithpapers.org. A look at Joseph Smith's multiple First Vision accounts along with the problems and apologetic responses regarding the Mormon church's claims about this miraculous event. . Joseph Smith—History Insight #1 Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are inspired by Joseph Smith’s account of his First Vision of God the Father and Jesus Christ as recorded in Joseph Smith–History in the Pearl of Great Price. 1, 1842), 707, Church History Library; josephsmithpapers.org. What is the significance of the First Vision? Satan tried to stop him from praying 5. . 8 pages (color/black-and-white visuals: 3 sizes for poster) [1989–92], 1:444). Joseph later told friends that during one Methodist meeting “he wanted to feel and shout like the rest but could feel nothing.”7 Yet he was “greatly excited; the cry and tumult were so great and incessant.”8, “During this time of great excitement,” Joseph’s religious concerns became a crisis. The Greatest Gospel Dispensation of All Time, Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, Appeared to the Boy Prophet, Additional Details from Joseph Smith’s 1832 Account of the First Vision, The Early Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision. Use for Primary Sharing Time and Lessons, Family Home Evening, Youth and Seminary Institute Devotionals. The Lord told Joseph “that all the religious denominations were believing in incorrect doctrines”2 and that he was to await further instructions from on high. Spelling, capitalization, and punctuation have been standardized. [17] 1832 (Joseph's unfinished autobiography) Tap here to see it. See Joseph Smith, “History, circa Summer 1832,” 2. Preparation 1. In his earliest written account of the First Vision, Joseph indicated that from about the age of 12 he had “concerns for the welfare of my immortal soul, which led me to searching the scriptures, . Joseph Smith's First Vision (about 2 1/2 minutes)- Illustrated scripture story. He went to a familiar place, near the “stump where I had stuck my axe when I had quit work,” he said.15 There he knelt and began searching for words to express his deepest desires, but he was overcome by an unseen power. See Philip Schaff, ed., The Creeds of Christendom, 3 vols., 6th ed. . [29] Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ in the Latter Days, History, circa June 1839–circa 1841 [Draft 2], History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834], The Prairies, Nauvoo, Joe Smith, the Temple, the Mormons, &c, A Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions, “I Saw the Lord”: Joseph Smith’s Descriptions of His Vision, Joseph Smith’s Accounts of the First Vision, “Unusual Excitement”: The 1820 Setting for the First Vision, The First Vision: Journey to the Sacred Grove. At the same time, he experienced “confusion,” “extreme difficulties,” and “great uneasiness” caused by guilt for his sins in the midst of a bewildering “war of words and tumult of opinions” about which church could furnish him with forgiveness.9, Joseph was also grieved because of the disparity he found between the churches and the Bible.10 Indeed, the Bible was both the battleground of this war and its greatest casualty, “for the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passage of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible.”11. See Orson Pratt, A Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions, 5; see also Joseph Smith, “History, circa Summer 1832,” 2; Alexander Neibaur journal, May 24, 1844. Yet it was the Bible’s God to whom Joseph appealed. Joseph Smith, “History, circa Summer 1832,” 3. He called Joseph’s name and said, “This is my beloved Son. Joseph Smith recorded that God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him in a grove of trees near his parents’ home in western New York State when he was about 14 years old(This will be covered more later, but the first sentence highlights the problem here: In Joseph Smith's first account of the First Vision, God and Jesus did NOT both appear. Joseph Smith, interview by David Nye White, Aug. 21, 1843, in David Nye White, “The Prairies, Nauvoo, Joe Smith, the Temple, the Mormons, &c,” Pittsburg Weekly Gazette, Sept. 15, 1843, 3, Church History Library; josephsmithpapers.org. [4] . [36] But the answer was elusive. The “creeds” governing the Christian churches were “an abomination” in God’s sight.30 They claimed God was unknowable and incomprehensible, yet He was revealing Himself to Joseph Smith in answer to prayer. No … There is a reason for this, and we will get into that in more detail later, but it has to do with Joseph Smith's evolving theology). Scott C. Esplin, Richard O. Cowan, and Rachel Cope (Provo, UT: Religious … Special Witness- Elder Christofferson (about 6 minutes)- Elder Christofferson bears testimony of Joseph Smith and the First Vision. Prayerfully study Joseph Smith—History 1:1–26 and the historical account given in this lesson. See more ideas about vision art, joseph smith, lds art. William Smith, Joseph’s younger brother, recalled that Lane “preached a sermon on ‘What church shall I join?’ And the burden of [Lane’s] discourse was to ask God, using as a text, ‘If any man lack wisdom let him ask of God who giveth to all men liberally.’”6 Joseph felt “partial” toward the Methodists but resisted full association; he wanted to know which doctrine was right. I have stood among the trees where Joseph knelt as a boy, and heard the whisperings of the Spirit that it happened as he said it happened” (“My Testimony,” Ensign, Nov. 1993, 51.). Apr 5, 2020 - Pictures of Joseph Smith's first vision. His responsibility is to make known God’s will and true character to mankind and to show the meaning of His dealings with them. The word "distracting" could also be translated as "unfitting" or "discordant." Orson Pratt, A Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions and of the Late Discovery of Ancient American Records (Edinburgh: Ballantyne and Hughes, 1840), 4, Church History Library, Salt Lake City; josephsmithpapers.org. At the Mount of Transfiguration, Peter, James, and John saw the Lord transfigured before them. [14] (See the 1842 account HERE) Important details of this account: 1. For one thing, they came to usher in the greatest gospel dispensation of all time, when all of previous dispensations should be gathered and brought together in one” (Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Marvelous Foundation of Our Faith,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2002, 80). [16] 3. 9 (Mar. [31] As you read about Joseph's First Vision experience in Joseph Smith - History 1:13-20 (written in 1838), consider reading through the other three of Joseph's accounts of the vision. Joseph Smith, “History, circa June 1839–circa 1841 [Draft 2],” 2. Mary Jane Woodger, “From Obscurity to Scripture: Joseph F. Smith's Vision of the Redemption of the Dead,” in You Shall Have My Word: Exploring the Text of the Doctrine and Covenants, ed. Andrew Cuomo recently issued an executive citation to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith’s First Vision. This trivia game is a great way for your family to learn about Joseph Smith, the First Vision and Moroni’s visit. declared that as he retired to the grove to pray, this was the first time he had attempted to pray vocally to his Heavenly Father. Everyone will need their own set of scriptures for this activity. It has also been translated as "inappropriate.". “At about the age of twelve years,” Joseph Smith wrote, “my mind became seriously impressed with regard to the all important concerns for the welfare of my immortal soul." In his first writing of the experience, he simply used the word Lord to describe these two glorious beings. Joseph Smith prepared four accounts of his First Vision, recorded in 1832, 1835, 1838 (now in the Pearl of Great Price), and 1842. Four other accounts, recorded by contemporaries, include those by Orson Pratt in 1840, Orson Hyde in 1842, David Nye White in 1843, and Alexander Neibaur, who listened to Joseph’s experience in May 1844, just weeks before the martyrdom. A person who has been called by and speaks for God. Dean C. Jessee, Ronald K. Esplin, and Richard Lyman Bushman (Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2012), 53. [7] See Larry C. Porter, “Reverend George Lane—Good ‘Gifts,’ Much ‘Grace,’ and Marked ‘Usefulness,’” BYU Studies, vol. Hear him.”22 Joseph saw another personage appear who “exactly resembled” the first.23 The Son then called Joseph by name and said, “Thy sins are forgiven.”24, Joseph asked the heavenly beings which church was right. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. “Joseph Smith, Jr., . Joseph Smith, “History, circa June 1839–circa 1841 [Draft 2],” 2. One creed said, in the language of the philosophers, that God was “without body, parts, or passions.”31 Yet Joseph Smith saw and heard personages and felt Their overwhelming love. . [5] is to bear witness of Christ” (Guide to the Scriptures, “Prophet,” scriptures.ChurchofJesusChrist.org). When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose … Come Follow Me Lesson – The First Vision: Special … Orson Hyde, Ein Ruf aus der Wüste (A Cry out of the Wilderness), 14–15, Church History Library; josephsmithpapers.org. There were no “shouts of rejoicing,” no bench to sit on while the faithful prayed for him to get religion, no “deep tones of the preacher.”35 There was just Joseph in the “wilderness,”36 acting on the Bible’s oft-repeated invitation to revelation: ask and receive. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. There are study and teaching helps for every age, including helps to dive into the scriptures, fun activities, church history stories, and lots more! During the ensuing conversation, Joseph Smith related his early vision experience: See handwritten account at JosephSmithPapers.org. [18] I reflected on it again and again,” Joseph said, “knowing that if any person needed wisdom from God, I did; for how to act I did not know, and unless I could get more wisdom than I then had, I would never know.” The biblical invitation to seek revelation moved Joseph deeply.13 Joseph’s culture was so prone to proof texting—proving various doctrines with passages from the Bible—that the invitation to seek wisdom directly from God was “cheering information,” as Joseph called it, “like a light shining forth in a dark place.”14 Joseph determined to pray aloud for the first time in his life. BOOK OF MORMON 2020 Come Follow Me with The First Vision Special General Conference LessonCelebrating the 200th Anniversary of the First Vision Scripture: Joseph Smith History 1:17 17 It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. 2. . Joseph Smith, “History, circa June 1839–circa 1841 [Draft 2],” 3. However, for years before this, Joseph, and his close associates did talk about his early visionary experiences. . Hear Him!” (Joseph Smith—History 1:16–17). “Laboring under the extreme difficulties caused by the contests of these parties of religionists,” Joseph read James 1:5: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” The passage sank powerfully into his consciousness. [34] “A visual revelation of some event, person, or thing through the power of the Holy Ghost” (Guide to the Scriptures, “Vision,” scriptures.ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Dean C. Jessee, 2 vols. “In April of 1820, Joseph Smith, a young man from a local farming family experienced a holy vision in a grove near the small village of Palmyra in western New York,” the citation notes. [3] Joseph Smith was fourteen years old. As a messenger of God, a prophet receives commandments, prophecies, and revelations from God. Joseph Smith, “Church History,” 707. Joseph Smith’s letter to John Wentworth was published in Times and Seasonson March 1, 1842. Darkness vanished.19 Joseph’s prayer opened heaven and invoked power that vanquished the most potent opposing force he had ever experienced.20, In the midst of the “pillar of fire,”21 Joseph saw a glorious personage standing above him in the air. Contemporaries who heard him tell the story recorded five other accoutns during his lifetime. . . became a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, and [the Lord] informed him that he should not join any of the religious sects of the day, for they were all wrong; that they were following the precepts of men instead of the Lord Jesus; that he had a work for him to perform, inasmuch as he should prove faithful before him” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young [1997], 96). Joseph Smith tells of his ancestry, family members, and their early abodes—An unusual excitement about religion prevails in western New York—He determines to seek wisdom as directed by James—The Father and the Son appear, and Joseph is called to his prophetic ministry. “In all of recorded religious history there is nothing to compare with it. See more ideas about joseph smith, lds art, the church of jesus christ. I know it. “Being wrought up in my mind,” Joseph studied the “different systems” of religion, but “I knew not who was right or who was wrong and considered it of the first importance that I should be right in matters that involve eternal consequences.”2 His own sins and the “sins of the world” made him “exceedingly distressed.”, By “searching the scriptures,” Joseph learned that “mankind did not come unto the Lord but that they had apostatized from the true and living faith and there was no society or denomination that built upon the gospel of Jesus Christ as recorded in the New Testament.”3, For a time, Joseph Smith sought relief among the Methodists. Joseph Smith, “History, circa June 1839–circa 1841 [Draft 2],” 3. [30] Joseph Smith, “History, circa June 1839–circa 1841 [Draft 2],” 3. [26] Joseph Smith’s First Vision4 stands today as the greatest event in world history since the birth, ministry, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. 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