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BYU Studies Quarterly

BYU Studies Quarterly

Authors

Ann Taves

Keywords

BYU Studies, First Vision, Joseph Smith, controversy

Abstract

When I accepted this invitation to speak, I expected that I would focus on the methods that Steven Harper and I used to compare and discuss the different accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision. We were both quite pleased with the process because we found that careful juxtaposition of the accounts allowed us to agree on the historical data and present a case for our different interpretations. If you look at the published version of our conversation, however, you’ll see that when we attempted to date events that Smith mentioned in his 1838 history, Steve tended to argue for 1820 and I tended to argue for the 1830s.1 That’s an oversimplification, but it is fair to say that we didn’t consider dating anything between 1823 and 1828.

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