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Month: May 2010

Joseph Smith’s First Vision As More Than An Origin Story

Joseph Smith’s First Vision As More Than An Origin Story

When teaching or reciting the story of Joseph Smith’s First Vision of Deity, Latter-day Saints are accustomed as a people to state simply that the young Joseph wondered which Church was the True Church of Jesus Christ, read James 1:5 which directed him to ask God, obeyed what he learned, and in response received his First Vision, which served as a Prophetic Call, and was the Origin Story of the Restoration of the Gospel In These Latter Days.

This way of telling the story is true, and serves an important role in condensing the overall Narrative of the Restoration. However, once we accept the event as Historical, is that as far as we should go in exploring and applying this sacred account to our lives?

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