Source:Joseph Smith:1832 History:Age at time of First Vision

Joseph Smith (1832): "in the 16th year of my age"

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Joseph Smith (1832): "in the 16th year of my age"

Text in blue is in Joseph Smith's own handwriting, the remainder in the handwriting of Frederick G. Williams. In the 1832 account, Frederick G. Williams inserted the "in the 16th year of my age" (which would be age 15) above Joseph's text after Joseph had already written it. (See: "History, circa Summer 1832," The Joseph Smith Papers)

from the age of twelve years to fifteen I pondered many things in my heart concerning the sittuation of the world of mankind....the Lord heard my cry in the wilderness and while in the attitude of calling upon the Lord in the 16th year of my age a piller of fire light above the brightness of the sun at noon day come down from above and rested upon me [1]

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Notes

  1. ↑ "History, circa Summer 1832," The Joseph Smith Papers.