The First Vision–beyond words

It was years afterwards that Joseph Smith made his first attempt to describe what we Mormons refer to as "The First Vision."  Certainly, making a pamphlet boiling down a theophany to mere words was beyond daunting; perhaps it felt like a mockery. There was a persistent request for an understandable account of an indescribable event, and eventually Joseph attempted it. In fact, he attempted it multiple times. After a century, illustrators created their own interpretations of what the divine … [Read more...]

Dr. King, President Lincoln, and Joseph Smith

On June 27th, 1844, Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith, Jr. was assassinated.  He was, at the time, running for the presidency of the United States.  LDS missionaries, unaware of his death, carried his platform for weeks afterwards as part of their proselytizing efforts. The winner of the 1844 election was James Polk, a slaveholder who made gains in territory but gave a de facto nod to slavery. He was succeeded by yet another slave holder—Zachary Taylor, who survived only part of his term and wa … [Read more...]


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