Joseph Smith/Personages who appeared to him

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Personages who appeared to Joseph Smith

Summary: A list of known personages who appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith or who were seen by him in vision. The list does not include instances where he only heard supernatural voices.

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Question: How many visions of heavenly beings did Joseph Smith actually have and what was the nature of their visits?

Joseph Smith was visited by a number of heavenly beings

Joseph Smith was visited by a number of heavenly beings. The following list includes known personages who appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith or who were seen by him in vision. The list does not include instances where he only heard supernatural voices, as in D&C 128:20–21.

Abraham

D&C 137:5

Adam (Michael)

D&C 137:5; History of the Church, 3:388. Volume 3 link;History of the Church, 5:247. Volume 5 link

Alvin Smith

D&C 137:5

Elias

D&C 110:12

Elijah

D&C 110:13–16

God the Father

JS—H 1:17; D&C 76:20; 137:3

James

D&C 27:12; 128:20

Jesus Christ

JS—H 1:17; D&C 76:20–24; 110:2–10; 137:3

John the Baptist

D&C 13; 27:8

John the Beloved

D&C 27:12; 128:20

Moroni

JS—H 1:30–49; D&C 20:6; 27:5

Moses

D&C 110:11

Paul

Joseph Smith, Jr., Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, selected by Joseph Fielding Smith, (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1976), 180. off-site

Peter

D&C 27:12; 128:20

Satan

D&C 128:20

Unnamed angel

(concerning wine in sacrament) D&C 27

Unnamed angel

(with three witnesses) History of the Church, 1:54–55. Volume 1 link

Unnamed angel

(accepted dedication of the Kirtland Temple) Life of Heber C. Kimball, p. 106; Temples of the Most High, p. 28

Joint visions

  • Both Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery saw John the Baptist together (D&C 13); Peter, James, and John together (D&C 27:12 and 128:20); Jesus Christ together (D&C 110:2–10); Elijah together (D&C 110:13–16); Moses together (D&C 110:11); and Elias together (D&C 110:12).
  • Both Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon saw God the Father and Jesus Christ together (D&C 76:20–24).
  • Joseph Smith, Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery, and David Whitmer saw an unnamed angel together (History of the Church, 1:54–55. Volume 1 link). These were the three witnesses to the Book of Mormon.

Second hand accounts of visions that Joseph had

Ensign, "I Have a Question"

Brian L. Smith, director of the Portland (Oregon) Institute of Religion,  Ensign, (October 1994)
It is true that the Prophet Joseph Smith was visited by many heavenly messengers who helped inaugurate this final dispensation. Though we do not know how many such messengers appeared to the Prophet—or the purpose of some of their visits—we do know the circumstances and the nature of many of these visits. Heavenly beings came to Joseph Smith to bestow priesthood keys, to unfold the majesty and glory of future events, and to warn or to admonish the maturing Prophet. Certainly to a remarkable degree the Prophet Joseph Smith received communication from an array of angels who helped prepare him to carry out his foreordained mission.

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BYU Studies, "Parting the Veil: The Visions of Joseph Smith"

Alexander L. Baugh,  BYU Studies 38/1 (1999)
Three major points became apparent as I researched Joseph Smith's visions. First and perhaps most remarkable is the sheer number of visions the prophet received. The majority of these visions are not found in the standard works but pervade the prophets own history and the records kept by contemporaries who were present when a vision was received or when Joseph Smith spoke about his sacred communications. A major purpose of this study is to document those visions not generally known

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