Primary sources/Joseph Smith, Jr./First Vision accounts

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Primary sources related to Joseph Smith's First Vision

Summary: Original text of Joseph's accounts of the First Vision

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Joseph Smith's 1832 account of the First Vision

Summary: This is the earliest known account of the First Vision written by Joseph Smith. Source: Joseph Smith Letterbook 1, pp. 1-6. Published in: Dean Jessee, Personal Writings of Joseph Smith.

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Joseph Smith's 1835 accounts of the First Vision

Summary: This account was written by Joseph Smith in his diary. Joseph described his vision to Robert Matthias, also known as "Joshua the Jewish minister". Joseph Smith Diary (1835–1836), original in Joseph Smith Collection, LDS Church Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah. Published in: Dean Jessee, Personal Writings of Joseph Smith.

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The Erastus Holmes 1835 account of the First Vision

Summary: Erastus Holmes account Deseret News 2.15 (May 29, 1852); also in Millennial Star 15. 27 (July 2, 1853): 424; Jessee, The Papers of Joseph Smith, 2: 79-80; cf. Dan Vogel (editor), Early Mormon Documents (Salt Lake City, Signature Books, 1996–2003), 5 vols, 1:207.; DHC 2. 312.

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Orson Pratt's 1840 account of the First Vision

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Joseph Smith's 1842 account of the First Vision

Summary: "Joseph Smith’s History of the Church," Times and Seasons 3. 10 (15 Mar. 1842): 726-28

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Joseph Smith's 1842 Wentworth Letter account of the First Vision

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Orson Hyde's 1842 account of the First Vision

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The Pittsburgh Weekly Gazette 1843 account of the First Vision

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Levi Richards' 1843 account of the First Vision

Summary: Levi Richards’s diary about Joseph Smith preaching in the summer of 1843 and repeating the Lord’s first message to him that no church was His (see Andrew F. Ehat and Lyndon W. Cook, The Words of Joseph Smith: The Contemporary Accounts of the Nauvoo Discourses of Joseph Smith, 2nd Edition, (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1996), 215.

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Daniel Rupp's 1844 account of the First Vision

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Alexander Neibaur's 1844 account of the First Vision

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Charles L. Walker's 1893 account of the First Vision

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