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Joseph Smith’s Accounts of the First Vision


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Joseph Smith’s various accounts of the First Vision are a rich resource that can help Latter-day Saints better understand this important event. Rather than being cause for suspicion, the differences in these accounts are what historians expect to find in accounts of events given over time. They are not unlike the different accounts of the Jesus’s Resurrection in the New Testament: they share different details but tell a consistent story.