Bibliography

By Subject

“Primary Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision of Deity” online at www.josephsmithpapers.org.  

Davidson, Karen Lynn et al., eds. The Joseph Smith Papers, Histories, Volume 1: Joseph Smith Histories, 1832–1844 (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church Historian’s Press, 2012), 11–13, 115–116, 208–215, 492–494, 506–508.

Faulring, Scott H., ed. An American Prophet’s Record: The Diaries and Journals of Joseph Smith (Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books, 1987), 4–6, 50–51.

Godfrey, Matthew C. et al., eds. The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Volume 2: July 1831–January 1833 (Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake City, UT: The Church Historian’s Press, 2013), 280–282.

Jessee, Dean C., ed. The Papers of Joseph Smith, Volume 1: Autobiographical and Historical Writings (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 1989), 3–7, 125–127, 269–273, 429–430, 448–449.

Jessee, Dean C., ed. The Papers of Joseph Smith, Volume 2: Journals (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 1992), 68–70.

Jessee, Dean C., ed. The Personal Writings of Joseph Smith (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 1984. rep. ed. 2002), 4–6, 75–76, 197–201, 213.

Jessee, Dean C., Mark Ashurst-McGee, and Richard L. Jensen, eds. The Joseph Smith Papers, Journals, Volume 1: 1832–1839 (Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake City, UT: The Church Historian’s Press, 2008), 87–88.

Rogers, Brent M. et al., eds., The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Volume 5: October 1835–January 1838 (Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake City, UT: The Church Historian’s Press, 2017), 42–43.

Smith, Alex D., Christian K. Heimburger, and Christopher James Blythe, eds., The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Volume 9: December 1841–April 1842 (Salt Lake City, UT: Salt Lake City, UT: The Church Historian’s Press, 2019), 180–181.

Vogel, Dan, ed. Early Mormon Documents: Volume 1 (Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books, 1996), 26–29, 43–44, 57–61, 169–170, 184–185.

Allen, James B. “The Significance of Joseph Smith’s ‘First Vision’ in Mormon Thought.” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 1, no. 3 (Autumn 1966): 29–45.

— “Eight Contemporary Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision—What Do We Learn from Them?” Improvement Era, April 1970, 4–13.

“Emergence of a Fundamental: The Expanding Role of Joseph Smith’s First Vision in Mormon Religious Thought.” Journal of Mormon History 7 (1980): 43–61.

“Asked and Answered: A Response to Grant H. Palmer.” FARMS Review 16, no. 1 (2004): 235–285.

Review of Grant H. Palmer, An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins, BYU Studies 43, no. 2 (2004): 175–189.

Allen, James B. and John W. Welch. “Analysis of Joseph Smith’s Accounts of His First Vision,” in Opening the Heavens: Accounts of Divine Manifestation, 1820–1844, ed. John W. Welch, 2nd ed (Provo, UT: BYU Studies, 2017), 37–77.

Anderson, Richard L. “Circumstantial Confirmation of the First Vision through Reminiscences,” BYU Studies 9, no. 3 (Spring 1969): 373–404.

“Joseph Smith’s Testimony of the First Vision,” Ensign, April 1996, 10–21.

Antley, Joseph T. “The Cultural and Religious Environment of Joseph Smith’s Youth,” in BYU Religious Education 2010 Student Symposium (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2010), 3–21.

Asay, Carlos E. “‘Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning!’” Ensign, April 1995, 44–49.

Backman Jr., Milton V. “Awakenings in the Burned-over District: New Light on the Historical Setting of the First Vision,” BYU Studies 9, no. 3 (Spring 1969): 301–320.

Joseph Smith’s First Vision (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1971; 2nd edition, 1980).

“Joseph Smith’s Recitals of the First Vision,” Ensign, January 1985, 8–17.

“Confirming Witnesses of the First Vision,” Ensign, January 1986, 32–37.

“Verification of the 1838 Account of the First Vision,” in The Pearl of Great Price: Revelations from God, ed. H. Donl Peterson and Charles D. Tate Jr. (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1989), 197–212.

“First Vision,” in Encyclopedia of Mormonism, ed. Daniel H. Ludlow. MacMillan: New York, 1992), 1:515–516.

Baldwin, Michael. “A Harmony of First Vision Accounts,” in BYU Religious Education 2009 Student Symposium (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2009), 83–104.

Barney, Ronald O. “Joseph Smith’s Visions: His Style and his Record.” Presented at the 2013 FairMormon Conference, August 2013.

“The First Vision: Searching for the Truth,” Ensign, January 2005, 14–19.

Brown, Matthew B. A Pillar of Light: The History and Message of the First Vision (American Fork, UT: Covenant Communications, 2009).

Bushman, Richard L. “The First Vision Story Revived,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 4, no. 1 (Spring 1969): 82–93.

— “The First Visions,” in Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois, 1984), 43–59.

— “The First Visions,” in Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling (New York: Knopf, 2005), 30–41.

Cheesman, Paul R. An Analysis of the Accounts Relating Joseph Smith’s Early Visions. Master’s Thesis, Brigham Young University, 1965.

—  “The Visitation of the Father and the Son,” in The Keystone of Mormonism: Early Visions of the Prophet Joseph Smith (Provo, UT: Eagle Systems International, 1988), 20–37.

Christensen, Matthew B. The First Vision: A Harmonization of 10 Accounts from the Sacred Grove (Springville, UT: Cedar Fort, 2014).

Dirkmaat, Gerrit J. “First Vision, historical background of,” in Pearl of Great Price Reference Companion, ed Dennis L. Largey (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2017), 125–127.

Dodge, Samuel Alonzo and Steven C. Harper. Exploring the First Vision (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 2012).

Draper, Richard D., S. Kent Brown, and Michael D. Rhodes. The Pearl of Great Price: A Verse–by–Verse Commentary (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2005),  325–348.

Eyring, Henry B. “The First Vision: A Pattern for Personal Revelation,” Ensign, February 2020, 12–17.

Godfrey, Matthew C. “The Second Sacred Grove: The Influence of Greenville, Indiana, on Joseph Smith’s 1832 First Vision Account,” Journal of Mormon History 44, no. 4 (October 2018): 1–18.

Harper, Steven C. “Trustworthy History?” FARMS Review 15, no. 2 (2003): 273–307.

“A Seeker’s Guide to the Historical Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision,” Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 12, no. 1 (2011): 165–176.

“Suspicion or Trust: Reading the Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision,” in No Weapon Shall Prosper: New Light on Sensitive Issues, ed. Robert L. Millet (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2011), 63–75.

“Evaluating Three Arguments Against Joseph Smith’s First Vision,” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 2 (2012): 17–33.

Joseph Smith’s First Vision: A Guide to the Historical Accounts (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2012).

“Remembering the First Vision,” in A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine and Church History, ed. Laura Harris Hales (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2016), 7–19.

— “First Vision, Joseph Smith’s accounts of,” in Pearl of Great Price Reference Companion, ed. Dennis L. Largey (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2017), 1127–1132.

First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins (New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2019).

Haws, J. B. “Reconciling Joseph Smith–––History 1:10 and 1:18–19,” Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 14, no. 2 (2013): 97–105.

— “First Vision, doctrinal contributions of,” in Pearl of Great Price Reference Companion, ed. Dennis L. Largey (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2017), 123–125.

Jessee, Dean C. “The Early Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision,” BYU Studies 9, no. 3 (1969): 275–294.

“The Earliest Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision,” in Opening the Heavens: Accounts of Divine Manifestations, ed. John W. Welch, 2nd ed. (Salt Lake City and Provo: Deseret Book and BYU Press, 2017), 1–35.

Jones, Christopher C. “The Power and Form of Godliness: Methodist Conversion Narratives and Joseph Smith’s First Vision,” Journal of Mormon History 37, no. 2 (Spring 2011): 88–114.

Lambert, Neal E. and Richard H. Cracroft. “Literary Form and Historical Understanding: Joseph Smith’s First Vision,” Journal of Mormon History 7 (1980): 31–42.

Madsen, Truman G. “The First Vision and Its Aftermath,” in Joseph Smith the Prophet (Salt Lake City, UT: Bookcraft, 1989), 7–18.

Marsh, Douglas N. “First Visions: The Opening Events of the Mosaic, Nephite, and Final Dispensations,” in Selections from the Religious Education Student Symposium 2006 (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2006), 53–71.

Marsh, Spencer R. “Memory and Millennials: A Review of First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins,” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 34 (2020): 53–62.

Maynes, Richard J., “The First Vision: Key to Truth,” Ensign, June 2017, 60–65.

McConkie, Joseph Fielding. “The First Vision and Religious Tolerance,” in A Witness for the Restoration: Essays in Honor of Robert J. Matthews, ed. Kent P. Jackson and Andrew C. Skinner (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2007), 177–99.

McCollum, Adele Brannon. “The First Vision: Re–Visioning Historical Experience,” in Literature of Belief: Sacred Scripture and Religious Experience, ed. Neal E. Lambert (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1981), 175–96.

Merrill, Joseph F. “Joseph Smith Did See God,” Ensign, December 2015, 70–71.

Muhlestein, Kerry. I Saw the Lord: Joseph’s First Vision Combined From Nine Accounts (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2020).

Nibley, Hugh W. “Censoring the Joseph Smith Story,” in Tinkling Cymbals and Sounding Brass, The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley: Volume 11 (Salt Lake City and Provo, UT: Deseret Book and FARMS, 1991), 55–101.

“Censoring the Joseph Smith Story, Part I,” Improvement Era, July 1961, 490–492, 522–526.

“Censoring the Joseph Smith Story, Part II,” Improvement Era, August 1961, 577–579, 605–609.

“Censoring the Joseph Smith Story, Part III,” Improvement Era, October 1961, 724–725, 736, 738–740.

“Censoring the Joseph Smith Story, Conclusion,” Improvement Era, November 1961, 812–813, 865–869.

Nicholson, Roger. “The Cowdery Conundrum: Oliver’s Aborted Attempt to Describe Joseph Smith’s First Vision in 1834 and 1835,” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 8 (2014): 27–44.

Porter, Larry C. “Reverend George Lane—Good ‘Gifts,’ Much ‘Grace,’ and Marked ‘Usefulness’,” BYU Studies 9, no. 3 (1969): 321–340

—  “Reinventing Mormonism: To Remake or Redo,” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 7, no. 2 (1995): 123–143.

Quinn, D. Michael. “Joseph Smith’s Experience of a Methodist ‘Camp-Meeting’ in 1820,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Dialogue Paperless: E-Paper #3, Expanded Version, 2006.

Rees, Robert A. “Looking Deeper into Joseph Smith’s First Vision: Imagery, Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Construction of Memory,” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 25 (2017): 67–80.

Taves, Ann and Steven C. Harper. “Joseph Smith’s First Vision: New Methods for the Analysis of Experience-Related Texts,” Mormon Studies Review 3 (2016): 53–84.

Tvedtnes, John A. “Variants in the Stories of the First Vision of Joseph Smith and the Apostle Paul,” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 2 (2012): 73–86.

Uchtdorf, Dieter F. “Precious Fruits of the First Vision,” Ensign, February 2009, 4–8.

“The Fruits of the First Vision,” Ensign, May 2005, 36–38.

By Author

Allen, James B. “The Significance of Joseph Smith’s ‘First Vision’ in Mormon Thought.” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 1, no. 3 (Autumn 1966): 29–45.

— “Eight Contemporary Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision—What Do We Learn from Them?” Improvement Era, April 1970, 4–13.

“Emergence of a Fundamental: The Expanding Role of Joseph Smith’s First Vision in Mormon Religious Thought.” Journal of Mormon History 7 (1980): 43–61.

“Asked and Answered: A Response to Grant H. Palmer.” FARMS Review 16, no. 1 (2004): 235–285.

Review of Grant H. Palmer, An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins, BYU Studies 43, no. 2 (2004): 175–189.

Allen, James B. and John W. Welch. “Analysis of Joseph Smith’s Accounts of His First Vision,” in Opening the Heavens: Accounts of Divine Manifestation, 1820–1844, ed. John W. Welch, 2nd ed (Provo, UT: BYU Studies, 2017), 37–77.

Anderson, Richard L. “Circumstantial Confirmation of the First Vision through Reminiscences,” BYU Studies 9, no. 3 (Spring 1969): 373–404.

“Joseph Smith’s Testimony of the First Vision,” Ensign, April 1996, 10–21.

Antley, Joseph T. “The Cultural and Religious Environment of Joseph Smith’s Youth,” in BYU Religious Education 2010 Student Symposium (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2010), 3–21.

Asay, Carlos E. “‘Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning!’” Ensign, April 1995, 44–49.

Backman Jr., Milton V. “Awakenings in the Burned-over District: New Light on the Historical Setting of the First Vision,” BYU Studies 9, no. 3 (Spring 1969): 301–320.

Joseph Smith’s First Vision (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1971; 2nd edition, 1980).

“Joseph Smith’s Recitals of the First Vision,” Ensign, January 1985, 8–17.

“Confirming Witnesses of the First Vision,” Ensign, January 1986, 32–37.

“Verification of the 1838 Account of the First Vision,” in The Pearl of Great Price: Revelations from God, ed. H. Donl Peterson and Charles D. Tate Jr. (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1989), 197–212.

“First Vision,” in Encyclopedia of Mormonism, ed. Daniel H. Ludlow. MacMillan: New York, 1992), 1:515–516.

Baldwin, Michael. “A Harmony of First Vision Accounts,” in BYU Religious Education 2009 Student Symposium (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2009), 83–104.

Barney, Ronald O. “Joseph Smith’s Visions: His Style and his Record.” Presented at the 2013 FairMormon Conference, August 2013.

“The First Vision: Searching for the Truth,” Ensign, January 2005, 14–19.

Brown, Matthew B. A Pillar of Light: The History and Message of the First Vision (American Fork, UT: Covenant Communications, 2009).

Bushman, Richard L. “The First Vision Story Revived,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 4, no. 1 (Spring 1969): 82–93.

— “The First Visions,” in Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois, 1984), 43–59.

— “The First Visions,” in Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling (New York: Knopf, 2005), 30–41.

Cheesman, Paul R. An Analysis of the Accounts Relating Joseph Smith’s Early Visions. Master’s Thesis, Brigham Young University, 1965.

—  “The Visitation of the Father and the Son,” in The Keystone of Mormonism: Early Visions of the Prophet Joseph Smith (Provo, UT: Eagle Systems International, 1988), 20–37.

Christensen, Matthew B. The First Vision: A Harmonization of 10 Accounts from the Sacred Grove (Springville, UT: Cedar Fort, 2014).

Dirkmaat, Gerrit J. “First Vision, historical background of,” in Pearl of Great Price Reference Companion, ed Dennis L. Largey (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2017), 125–127.

Dodge, Samuel Alonzo and Steven C. Harper. Exploring the First Vision (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 2012).

Draper, Richard D., S. Kent Brown, and Michael D. Rhodes. The Pearl of Great Price: A Verse–by–Verse Commentary (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2005), 325–348.

Eyring, Henry B. “The First Vision: A Pattern for Personal Revelation,” Ensign, February 2020, 12–17.

Godfrey, Matthew C. “The Second Sacred Grove: The Influence of Greenville, Indiana, on Joseph Smith’s 1832 First Vision Account,” Journal of Mormon History 44, no. 4 (October 2018): 1–18.

Harper, Steven C. “Trustworthy History?” FARMS Review 15, no. 2 (2003): 273–307.

“A Seeker’s Guide to the Historical Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision,” Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 12, no. 1 (2011): 165–176.

“Suspicion or Trust: Reading the Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision,” in No Weapon Shall Prosper: New Light on Sensitive Issues, ed. Robert L. Millet (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2011), 63–75.

“Evaluating Three Arguments Against Joseph Smith’s First Vision,” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 2 (2012): 17–33.

Joseph Smith’s First Vision: A Guide to the Historical Accounts (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2012).

“Remembering the First Vision,” in A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine and Church History, ed. Laura Harris Hales (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2016), 7–19.

— “First Vision, Joseph Smith’s accounts of,” in Pearl of Great Price Reference Companion, ed. Dennis L. Largey (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2017), 1127–1132.

First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins (New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2019).

Haws, J. B. “Reconciling Joseph Smith–––History 1:10 and 1:18–19,” Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 14, no. 2 (2013): 97–105.

— “First Vision, doctrinal contributions of,” in Pearl of Great Price Reference Companion, ed. Dennis L. Largey (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2017), 123–125.

Jessee, Dean C. “The Early Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision,” BYU Studies 9, no. 3 (1969): 275–294.

“The Earliest Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision,” in Opening the Heavens: Accounts of Divine Manifestations, ed. John W. Welch, 2nd ed. (Salt Lake City and Provo: Deseret Book and BYU Press, 2017), 1–35.

Jones, Christopher C. “The Power and Form of Godliness: Methodist Conversion Narratives and Joseph Smith’s First Vision,” Journal of Mormon History 37, no. 2 (Spring 2011): 88–114.

Lambert, Neal E. and Richard H. Cracroft. “Literary Form and Historical Understanding: Joseph Smith’s First Vision,” Journal of Mormon History 7 (1980): 31–42.

Madsen, Truman G. “The First Vision and Its Aftermath,” in Joseph Smith the Prophet (Salt Lake City, UT: Bookcraft, 1989), 7–18.

Marsh, Douglas N. “First Visions: The Opening Events of the Mosaic, Nephite, and Final Dispensations,” in Selections from the Religious Education Student Symposium 2006 (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2006), 53–71.

Marsh, Spencer R. “Memory and Millennials: A Review of First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins,” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 34 (2020): 53–62.

Maynes, Richard J. “The First Vision: Key to Truth,” Ensign, June 2017, 60–65.

Merrill, Joseph F. “Joseph Smith Did See God,” Ensign, December 2015, 70–71.

McConkie, Joseph Fielding. “The First Vision and Religious Tolerance,” in A Witness for the Restoration: Essays in Honor of Robert J. Matthews, ed. Kent P. Jackson and Andrew C. Skinner (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2007), 177–99.

McCollum, Adele Brannon. “The First Vision: Re–Visioning Historical Experience,” in Literature of Belief: Sacred Scripture and Religious Experience, ed. Neal E. Lambert (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1981), 175–96.

Muhlestein, Kerry. I Saw the Lord: Joseph’s First Vision Combined From Nine Accounts (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 2020).

Nibley, Hugh W. “Censoring the Joseph Smith Story,” in Tinkling Cymbals and Sounding Brass, The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley: Volume 11 (Salt Lake City and Provo, UT: Deseret Book and FARMS, 1991), 55–101.

“Censoring the Joseph Smith Story, Part I,” Improvement Era, July 1961, 490–492, 522–526.

“Censoring the Joseph Smith Story, Part II,” Improvement Era, August 1961, 577–579, 605–609.

“Censoring the Joseph Smith Story, Part III,” Improvement Era, October 1961, 724–725, 736, 738–740.

“Censoring the Joseph Smith Story, Conclusion,” Improvement Era, November 1961, 812–813, 865–869.

Nicholson, Roger. “The Cowdery Conundrum: Oliver’s Aborted Attempt to Describe Joseph Smith’s First Vision in 1834 and 1835,” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 8 (2014): 27–44.

Porter, Larry C. “Reverend George Lane—Good ‘Gifts,’ Much ‘Grace,’ and Marked ‘Usefulness’,” BYU Studies 9, no. 3 (1969): 321–340

—  “Reinventing Mormonism: To Remake or Redo,” Review of Books on the Book of Mormon 7, no. 2 (1995): 123–143.

Quinn, D. Michael. “Joseph Smith’s Experience of a Methodist ‘Camp-Meeting’ in 1820,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Dialogue Paperless: E-Paper #3, Expanded Version, 2006.

Taves, Ann and Steven C. Harper. “Joseph Smith’s First Vision: New Methods for the Analysis of Experience-Related Texts,” Mormon Studies Review 3 (2016): 53–84.

Tvedtnes, John A. “Variants in the Stories of the First Vision of Joseph Smith and the Apostle Paul,” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 2 (2012): 73–86.

Uchtdorf, Dieter F. “Precious Fruits of the First Vision,” Ensign, February 2009, 4–8.

“The Fruits of the First Vision,” Ensign, May 2005, 36–38.