BYU Studies, Jesse Townsend, Presbyterian
After his youthful visionary encounter with God the Father and Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith Jr. recovered his strength and stumbled home. When Lucy Mack Smith, his mother, asked Joseph what the matter was, the boy reported that the church that attracted her and several of his siblings was false. He would not join it. “I have learned for myself that Presbyterianism is not true,” the budding prophet informed his mother.1
Turner, John G.
"Sermon Notes of Jesse Townsend, a Presbyterian Minister in Palmyra, New York,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 59:
2, Article 16.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol59/iss2/16