By Susan Stansfield Wolverton
In Having Visions, the writer offers an goal, respectful, and devoted translation of its content material, observed with an old and clinical context for realizing its insertion into the physique of human affairs. within the publication of Mormon, the traditional American prophet Mormon provides the heritage of his humans, the Nephites. The reason of the current booklet is to offer "his tale as told," and its dating to "history as known," with out changing its essence. it's going to be famous that exhaustive archeological, genetic, and linguistic learn has been undertaken by means of either proponents for, and detractors of, the life of the Nephites. thus far, no proof assisting the declare has ever been stumbled on for anyplace, individual, or occasion pointed out within the ebook of Mormon, whereas ample contradictory proof has been found and independently demonstrated.
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Jessee (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1989), vol. 1, pages 125-127. 31 Having Visions My mind at times was greatly excited, the cry and tumult were so great and incessant. The Presbyterians were most decided against the Baptists and Methodists, and used all the powers of both reason and sophistry to prove their errors, or, at least, to make the people think they were in error. On the other hand, the Baptists and Methodists in their turn were equally zealous in endeavoring to establish their own tenets and disprove all others.
Joseph Smith’s First Vision, Version Two, written in 1835 Being wrought up in the mind respecting the subject of Religion, and looking at the different systems taught the children of men, I knew not who was right or who was wrong, but considered it of the first importance to me that I should be right, in matters of so much moment, matter involving eternal consequences. Being thus perplexed in mind I retired to the silent grove and there bowed down before the Lord, under a realizing sense (if the bible be true) ask and you shall find, and again, if any man lack wisdom, let of God who giveth to all men liberally & upbraideth not.
34 In this third version Joseph was thirty-three years old, writing about an incident that had taken place nineteen years earlier. While this version lacks the many angels mentioned in the second version, the most critical new detail in the third version is God’s rejection and invalidation of all the religious sects present at the time, and his admonishment that Joseph should join none of them. Today, 180 years later, Joseph’s first vision is a central and defining moment for the Mormon religion, retroactively setting the contextual stage for the coming second vision and the presentation of The Book of Mormon.