Second Edition Update – September 2010 (Page 40)
Who did Joseph Smith ever tell about a ‘First Vision’ during the first decade?
Remarkably, since the First Edition of this work was published in 2009, I have come across the following admission by Church historians at BYU.
Scroll down link to: “Orson Pratt’s Interesting account of Remarkable Visions.
“Orson Pratt’s Interesting account of Remarkable Visions . . . [See page 25] ranks as one of the great Mormon books as it contains the first printed account of Joseph Smith’s 1820 vision.”
“Only three manuscript accounts antedating Remarkable Visions exist in the LDS Church Archives, reflecting that Joseph Smith discussed this transcendent vision only privately with a few trusted friends during the Church’s first decade.” (Emphasis added). (Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University – Now BYU Harold B. Lee Library).
The three ‘manuscript accounts’ would be Smith’s own 1832 and two 1835 accounts covered earlier in Chapter 2. By reaching and admitting to the same conclusions I reached in my own research, the Church is also admitting to the fact that Joseph Smith completely lied about any persecution which followed the event. If no one knew about it, then there could have been no persecution.
Ergo: Joseph Smith lied (at least 7 times).
History of the Church Vol. 1. (PoGP Joseph Smith–History).
Header above v.21 “Persecution heaped upon Joseph Smith.”
Smith claimed he was:
“hated and persecuted for saying I had seen a vision.”
Lie 1. v.20. “Why the opposition and persecution that arose against me, almost in my infancy?”
Lie 2. v.21. [Smith met a Methodist minister a few days later and]: “…took occasion to give him an account of the Vision…”.
Lie 3. v.22. “…my telling the story had excited a great deal of prejudice against me among professors of religion, and was the cause of great persecution, which continued to increase…a bitter persecution; … common among all the sects—all united to persecute me. ”
Lie 4. v.23. “a little over fourteen years of age … the most bitter persecution and reviling.”
Lie 5. v.25. “I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision … they were persecuting me, reviling me, and speaking all manner of evil against me.”
Lie 6. v.27. “…severe persecution at the hands of all classes of men”
Lie 7. v.28. “…between the time I had the vision and the year eighteen hundred and twenty-three … persecuted by those who ought to have been my friends.”