Gospel Doctrine Lesson #3: I had seen a vision

There is a great deal of scope within this lesson to explore a number of important themes that pertain to Joseph Smith’s First Vision. The manual encourages teachers to discuss the religious environment from which this vision emerged as well inviting us to consider the place that this event has in the history of Christianity. This lesson provides rich and exciting possibilities for examining the contexts for and consequences of JS’s vision of God and Jesus Christ. In this set of notes, I want to focus on a few of those possibilities which emerge from the multiple accounts of the first vision. These accounts prompt reflection about the the nature of revelation in the church and in our personal lives.
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