This lesson covers the story that started it all… Joseph’s account of his first vision of God. I feel a close connection to this story since I am from the Palmyra stake! In this lesson we will:
- Explore the powerful lessons in this narrative about the role of seeking, asking questions, scripture study, and personal revelation.
- Examine not only the Joseph Smith-History account of the First Vision, but the other historically important accounts Joseph made.
- Discuss the way scripture is used in gospel teaching.
One Time Donation:
- Joseph Smith—History 1:1–26; Our Heritage, pages 1–4. Acts 20:28–30; 2 Thessalonians 2:1–3; 2 Timothy 4:3–4; Mormon 1:13–14; Amos 8:11–12; Acts 3:20–21; D&C 1:14–17; D&C 128:20–21
Additional Teacher Reading:
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- Richard L. Anderson, “Joseph Smith’s Testimony of the First Vision” Ensign, 1996.
- Dean Jessee, “The Earliest Documented Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision” (available from BYU Studies for $2)
- Richard Lyman Bushman: Rough Stone Rolling, pages 30-41.
- James Allen, “The Significance of Joseph Smith’s First Vision in Mormon Thought” Dialogue 1 (1966)
- Steven Taysom, “Approaching the First Vision Saga“, Sunstone.
Go here for the Sunday School Reader with all the passages.
You can access my Reading Notes here (which also form the bulk of my Lesson notes).
You can access my Lesson Notes here
Thanks to James Estrada of Oak Street Audio for his work in postproduction and thanks as well to Carl Youngblood who did a great job with last minute audio editing.