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Brigham Young's References to the First Vision
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Brigham Young (1847): "Joseph Smith, whom I did call upon by mine angels, my ministering servants, and by mine own voice out of the heavens"
Joseph Smith, whom I did call upon by mine angels, my ministering servants, and by mine own voice out of the heavens, to bring forth my work.
Brigham Young (1855): "The Lord did not come with the armies of heaven...But He did send His angel to this same obscure person, Joseph Smith jun"
According to this statement made by Brigham Young, "the Lord" sent "His angel" to Joseph Smith, and the Lord, through this angel told him not to join any of the religious sects of the day and that they were all wrong. In this context the term "Lord" would seem to refer to God the Father of Jesus Christ. That the term "Lord" is a perfectly acceptable title for the Father is seen in Acts 3:19-21. Brigham Young:
But as it was in the days of our Savior, so was it in the advent of this new dispensation. It was not in accordance with the notions, traditions, and pre-conceived ideas of the American people. The messenger did not come to an eminent divine of any of the so-called orthodoxy, he did not adopt their interpretation of the Holy Scriptures. The Lord did not come with the armies of heaven, in power and great glory, nor send His messengers panoplied with aught else than the truth of heaven, to communicate to the meek, the lowly, the youth of humble origin, the sincere enquirer after the knowlege of God. But He did send His angel to this same obscure person, Joseph Smith jun., who afterwards became a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, and 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.
Brigham Young (1859): "Joseph Smith in his youth had revelations from God. He saw and understood for himself. Are you acquainted with his life? You can read the history of it"
Joseph Smith in his youth had revelations from God. He saw and understood for himself. Are you acquainted with his life? You can read the history of it. I was acquainted with him during many years. He had heavenly visions; angels administered to him. The vision of his mind was opened to see and understand heavenly things. He revealed the will of the Lord to the people, and yet but few were really acquainted with brother Joseph. He had all the weaknesses a man could have when the vision was not upon him, when he was left to himself. He was constituted like other men, and would have required years and years longer in the flesh to become a Moses in all things.
Brigham Young (1861): "The Lord chose Joseph Smith, called upon him at fourteen years of age, gave him visions"
The Lord chose Joseph Smith, called upon him at fourteen years of age, gave him visions, and led him along, guided and directed him in his obscurity until he brought forth the plates and translated them, and Martin Harris was prevailed upon to sustain the printing of the Book of Mormon. All this was done in the depths of poverty, obscurity, and weakness. 
Brigham Young (1866): "He called upon his servant Joseph Smith, jun., when he was but a boy, to lay the foundation of his kingdom for the last time"
He called upon his servant Joseph Smith, jun., when he was but a boy, to lay the foundation of his kingdom for the last time. Why did he call upon Joseph Smith to do it? because he was disposed to do it. Was Joseph Smith the only person on earth who could have done this work? No doubt there were many others who, under the direction of the Lord, could have done that work; but the Lord selected the one that pleased him, and that is sufficient.
Brigham Young (1867): "the Lord called upon Joseph he was but a boy—a child, only about fourteen years of age"
When the Lord called upon Joseph he was but a boy—a child, only about fourteen years of age. He was not filled with traditions; his mind was not made up to this, that, or the other. I very well recollect the reformation which took place in the country among the various denominations of Christians—the Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, and others—when Joseph was a boy. Joseph's mother, one of his brothers, and one, if not two, of his sisters were members of the Presbyterian Church, and on this account the Presbyterians hung to the family with great tenacity. And in the midst of these revivals among the religious bodies, the invitation, "Come and join our church," was often extended to Joseph, but more particularly from the Presbyterians. Joseph was naturally inclined to be religious, and being young, and surrounded with this excitement, no wonder that he became seriously impressed with the necessity of serving the Lord. But as the cry on every hand was, "Lo, here, is Christ," and "Lo, there!" Said he, "Lord, teach me, that I may know for myself, who among these are right." And what was the answer? "They are all out of the way; they have gone astray, and there is none that doeth good, no not one." When he found out that none were right, he began to inquire of the Lord what was right, and he learned for himself. Was he aware of what was going to be done? By no means. He did not know what the Lord was going to do with him, although He had informed him that the Christian churches were all wrong, because they had not the Holy Priesthood, and had strayed from the holy commandments of the Lord, precisely as the children of Israel did. 
Brigham Young (1874): "we believe that the Lord sent his messengers to Joseph Smith, and commanded him to refrain from joining any Christian church"
Do we believe that the Lord sent his messengers to Joseph Smith, and commanded him to refrain from joining any Christian church, and to refrain from the wickedness he saw in the churches, and finally delivered to him a message informing him that the Lord was about to establish his kingdom on the earth, and led him on step by step until he gave him the revelation concerning the plates? Yes, this is all correct. Did Joseph receive these revelations? He did. Did the heavenly messengers come to Joseph, and commit to him the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood? Yes, we believe all this. Did they commit to him the keys of the Melchizedek Priesthood? Yes. This is all correct, we believe all this. Did the Lord speak from the heavens through Joseph, commanding his people to gather out from the wicked before the scourges—sickness, pestilence, wars, bloodshed, and the various calamities spoken of by the Prophets and Apostles, should pass over the nations? Yes, we believe the Lord has called upon the people who received the Gospel to come out of Babylon, to separate themselves from the wicked and to stand in holy places preparatory to the coming of the Son of Man. All Latter-day Saints believe all this; then I say, if we do believe it, let us act up to and be true to our faith and to the knowledge that we have of God and his kingdom. This is what is required of us.
We have passed from one thing to another, and I may say from one degree of knowledge to another. When Joseph first received the knowledge of the plates that were in the hill Cumorah, he did not then receive the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood, he merely received the knowledge that the plates were there, and that the Lord would bring them forth, and that they contained the history of the aborigines of this country. He received the knowledge that they were once in possession of the Gospel, and from that time he went on, step by step, until he obtained the plates, and the Urim and Thummim, and had power to translate them. 
Brigham Young (1876): "Why was Joseph Smith persecuted?...Because he received revelations from the Father, from the Son, and was ministered to by holy angels"
Brother Cannon speaks of Christians. We are Christians professedly, according to our religion. People have gathered to themselves certain ideas, and laid them down as systems, calling them religion, all professing to believe and obey the Scriptures. Their religions are peculiar to themselves—our religion is peculiar to God, to angels, and to the righteous of time and eternity. Why are we persecuted because of our religion? Why was Joseph Smith persecuted? Why was he hunted from neighborhood to neighborhood, from city to city, and from State to State, and at last suffered death? Because he received revelations from the Father, from the Son, and was ministered to by holy angels, and published to the world the direct will of the Lord concerning his children on the earth. Again, why was he persecuted? Because he revealed to all mankind a religion so plain and so easily understood, consistent with the Bible, and so true.
- D&C 136.37 (January 14, 1847); "Manuscript History of Brigham Young," William Harwell, 14; Millennial Star 14. 10 (May 1, 1852): 151.
- Brigham Young, (18 February 1855) Journal of Discourses 2:171.
- Brigham Young, (1 September 1859) Journal of Discourses 7:243..
- Brigham Young, (3 March 1861) Journal of Discourses 8:354..
- Brigham Young, (7 June 1866) Journal of Discourses 11:253..
- Brigham Young, (23 June 1867) Journal of Discourses 12:67..
- Brigham Young, (23 June 1874) Journal of Discourses 18:239..
- Brigham Young: Sunday afternoon 17 September 1876 SLC Tabernacle Deseret News Weekly 25 (October 11, 1876): 582; Brigham Young, (17 September 1876) Journal of Discourses 18:231..
Pages in category "First Vision/Brigham Young"
The following 9 pages are in this category, out of 9 total.
- Source:Brigham Young:1847:Manuscript History:Joseph Smith, whom I did call upon by mine angels, my ministering servants, and by mine own voice out of the heavens
- Source:Brigham Young:1855:JD 2:171:The Lord did not come with the armies of heaven
- Source:Brigham Young:1859:JD 7:243:Joseph Smith in his youth had revelations from God...You can read the history of it
- Source:Brigham Young:1861:JD 8:354:The Lord chose Joseph Smith, called upon him at fourteen years of age, gave him visions
- Source:Brigham Young:1866:JD 11:253:He called upon his servant Joseph Smith, jun., when he was but a boy
- Source:Brigham Young:1867:JD 12:67:the Lord called upon Joseph he was but a boy—a child, only about fourteen years of age
- Source:Brigham Young:1874:JD 18:239:we believe that the Lord sent his messengers to Joseph Smith, and commanded him to refrain from joining any Christian church
- Source:Brigham Young:1876:JD 18:231:Because he received revelations from the Father, from the Son
- Source:S. Dilworth Young:Improvement Era:June 1957:436:from what might have been a vision, in which he is supposed to have said that he saw an angel, instead of the Father and Son