I saw the Lord
Joseph Smith's First Vision is the best documented vision of God in the history of the world. Yet, because the details of the vision are spread over nine different accounts that vary in emphasis and some finer points, many people do not know all they could about this remarkable and world-changing experience.Kerry Muhlestein, professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University, presents a faithful, harmonized version of the First Vision story to show how each of the various accounts might share select aspects of the vision yet all be consistent with the actual event experienced by Jospeh Smith. As the Prophet recorded or shared his remarkable vision, he emphasized different details depending on the audience and circumstances at the time. All nine accounts—four firsthand and five secondhand—are combined into one compelling story in this retelling of Joseph Smith's incomparable vision. Also included are the original accounts in their entirety so that readers can feel for themselves the powerful witness of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Strengthen your testimony of this singular, foundational event that would lead to the Restoration of Christ's Church upon the earth.

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TitleI saw the Lord
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 2020
PublisherDeseret Book
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GenreReligion, Christianity, Lds, Nonfiction

I saw the Lord Review

  • Teri
    January 1, 1970
    This is a very short, very precise telling of the First Vision which Joseph Smith Jr, the prophet, experienced when God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him to restore the gospel and ultimately Their Church. It takes the various accounts Joseph and others wrote about and combines them into one, almost complete account. Joseph told his account to several people, over a period of years. As such, and according to his audience, each account was generally the same in meaning, with a few This is a very short, very precise telling of the First Vision which Joseph Smith Jr, the prophet, experienced when God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him to restore the gospel and ultimately Their Church. It takes the various accounts Joseph and others wrote about and combines them into one, almost complete account. Joseph told his account to several people, over a period of years. As such, and according to his audience, each account was generally the same in meaning, with a few differences as to what he was focusing on at the moment he was sharing that particular account. So it makes sense that each account various slightly, but not in the main gist of the message. It was nice to be able to get "the whole picture" all put together, like a puzzle. Some insights were shared that I had never considered before, but which made sense, especially as the scriptures tell of it - such as there were angels likely present when Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph. The telling of how the adversary tried to stop him from praying in the first place, was also told in greater detail than what I remembered hearing in the past. Overall, it is a very interested, if short read. And I'd say very worth reading if you would like to know more about the prophet Joseph and the glorious First Vision.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    This book came along at a perfect time--I was feeling the crunch of April's General Conference being less than 40 days away and knowing that I needed to be studying the restoration of the gospel and the first vision with more planning and mindfulness.This book takes 9 different accounts of the first vision and weaves all of the accounts into one story. I listened to the audio version, narrated by the author. It's short. If you don't listen to the appendixes, it's less than an hour. There were a This book came along at a perfect time--I was feeling the crunch of April's General Conference being less than 40 days away and knowing that I needed to be studying the restoration of the gospel and the first vision with more planning and mindfulness.This book takes 9 different accounts of the first vision and weaves all of the accounts into one story. I listened to the audio version, narrated by the author. It's short. If you don't listen to the appendixes, it's less than an hour. There were a few details that seemed newer or more thought-provoking to me. I'll probably listen to it several more times to see if different things pop out to me at different times. Great way to start to prepare our hearts and minds for General Conference.
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  • Cheya
    January 1, 1970
    Great little book that looks at the written accounts of Joseph Smith's first vision. One is written by Joseph, a few are written by scribes for Joseph, and a few are second hand reports. There differences in them depending on the audience, the time, and a few other factors, but they basically affirm the important points of his vision. God and Jesus are separate beings with bodies, Joseph's sins were forgiven, there is a real force at work to thwart God's Plan (Satan), none of the churches on the Great little book that looks at the written accounts of Joseph Smith's first vision. One is written by Joseph, a few are written by scribes for Joseph, and a few are second hand reports. There differences in them depending on the audience, the time, and a few other factors, but they basically affirm the important points of his vision. God and Jesus are separate beings with bodies, Joseph's sins were forgiven, there is a real force at work to thwart God's Plan (Satan), none of the churches on the earth at that time contained the fullness of the gospel.
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  • Cami
    January 1, 1970
    I greatly enjoyed this short book. I recently read through Joseph's accounts of his first vision and feel this is a fabulous compilation. I never thought about Joseph needing to be transfigured in order to behold the Father, but of course that would be the case! This book is a great testimony to the truthfulness of Joseph Smith Junior'a experience in seeing God and Jesus in vision.
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  • Sandie Mixa
    January 1, 1970
    A very helpful and instructive format for reading about Joseph's First Vision. The footnotes were just right in helping clarify which account was being quoted. I liked having them all blended into one for a smooth reading. This strengthened my testimony of the Prophet Joseph and the fact that he actually saw God the Father and His Son.
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  • Marsha
    January 1, 1970
    Great book!! Very informative and insightful. I had heard about the different versions of the first vision so was excited to read this. With the 200th anniversary this year it was wonderful to read a book like this. It was well put together and strengthened my testimony. It is a short book and well worth the time to read.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    I listened to this little book today. Very well done. I liked the descriptions the author put together to form a more complete account of Joseph Smiths first vision. I liked that the author included the actual accounts as they were recorded in the appendix. A nice summary. I listened to this little book today. Very well done. I liked the descriptions the author put together to form a more complete account of Joseph Smith’s first vision. I liked that the author included the actual accounts as they were recorded in the appendix. A nice summary.
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  • Brandon
    January 1, 1970
    This was a very interesting book and had a great approach to reconciling the different accounts of the First Vision. However, I liked the approach of the Joseph Smith Papers podcast better and would recommend that as a first source for exploring the various accounts of the First Vision.
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  • Nate
    January 1, 1970
    I don't really see the point of this book. The first half is the author supposing what Joseph "might have felt" as he gives an introduction to the different accounts. The second half is the different accounts of the first vision that can all be found on the church's website.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I learned some great little lessons in this book. It helped me understand the first vision much better. I also loved learning about his parents and their beliefs and how that affected Joseph. But by the end, the repetition lost my interest.
  • MykeWeber
    January 1, 1970
    Very fine examination of the First Vision. A great reference covering all known accounts.
  • Hailey May
    January 1, 1970
    Good compilation
  • Tamsen
    January 1, 1970
    Thought provoking. I loved having all the accounts in one place.
  • Kim Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this one. It put all of the accounts together on a spiritual level. It was a great little book to help with my study of the Restoration.
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book.
  • Scott Birk
    January 1, 1970
    Very enjoyable read. A story-like telling of the First Vision along with the several versions verbatim.
  • Laura Cutler
    January 1, 1970
    The book is fine. It just seems a waste of money when you can find all the same accounts through the Joseph Smith Papers.
  • Mitch
    January 1, 1970
    A nice quick read with interesting insights into this singular event and the circumstances that led to it.
  • Hannah Wold
    January 1, 1970
    I loved how all the references are organized. It's an easy quick read under 100 pages.
  • Kelly Struhs
    January 1, 1970
    The author writes a mash-up of all 9 accounts of Joseph Smith's first vision. In the index all of the accounts to read. I enjoyed it
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