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Part One: Keynote Addresses
Writing about the Prophet Joseph Smith
Dallin H. Oaks
Joseph Smith and the Problem of Loneliness
Sheri L. Dew
The First Vision in 2020
Richard L. Bushman
Part Two: Context
The First Vision within the Context of Revivalism
New Light on the Burned-Over District
Richard E. Bennett
Excitement on the Subject of Religion
Controversy within Palmyra's 1819 and 1820 Preaching District
Mark L. Staker and Donald L. Enders
A Contextual Background for Joseph Smith's Last Known Recounting of the First Vision
Quinten Zehn Barney
Part Three: Place
The "Nature" of Revelation
The Influence of the Natural Environment on Joseph Smith's Revelatory Experiences
Matthew C. Godfrey
The Sacred Grove
Its History, Preservation, and Regeneration
Gary L. Boatright Jr.
Part Four: Meaning
"I Was Seized Upon by Some Power"
Joseph Smith, Satan, and the First Vision
"O Lord, What Church Shall I Join?"
The Question and the Answer
Kent P. Jackson
Literary Craftsmanship of the Joseph Smith Story
Steven L. Olsen
Susa Young Gates's "Vision Beautiful"
Lisa Olsen Tait
The First Vision Goes to the Movies
Casey Paul Griffiths
About the Book
This volume celebrates the bicentennial of Joseph Smith’s 1820 First Vision of the Father and the Son, a founding event in the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ. Contributors examine the various accounts of the vision, the religious excitement prevalent in the region, the question that prompted Joseph to enter the grove, the powers of darkness that assailed him, and the natural environment and ultimate preservation of the Sacred Grove. This volume brings together some of the finest presentations from a 2020 BYU Church History Symposium honoring the bicentennial of the First Vision.
Published in 2021
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