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The First Vision (1976)

Not Rated | | Drama, Short | 1976 (USA)
In 1820, 14 year-old Joseph Smith is confused about what church is true.


David K. Jacobs


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Stewart Petersen ... Joseph Smith


In Palmyra, New York in 1820, 14 year-old Joseph Smith wonders about what church is true. He feels that none of the other faiths are not true and wants an answer. One spring morning, he goes out to pray in a grove near his home and starts to pray. He feels an evil spirit trying to prevent him from praying. Then, he sees the most beautiful light and sees 2 personages. They are Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. They told Joseph that he should not join any of the churches because they were of the wrong faith. They also told Joseph to restore the true church of Jesus Christ. Written by mountain91

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Drama | Short


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1976 (USA) See more »

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The scene where Joseph hears disembodied footsteps in the grove and leaps to his feet was taken from Joseph Smith's 1835 account of the First Vision as recorded by Warren Cowdery. See more »


When Joseph walks toward the grove, some scenes show untouched grass ahead of him, while others clearly show a path in the tall grass, the result of an earlier take. See more »


Referenced in It's Latter-Day Night! Live Comedy (2003) See more »

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Great Account
18 October 2003 | by mountain91See all my reviews

This short LDS film is a great account of the prophet Joseph Smith telling what he saw in the sacred grove near his home in Palmyra, New York. I remember watching this movie in primary and seminary. I liked it how Joseph did a lot of research before he went to pray and read the Epistle of James 1:5. The narrator repeats the verses out from JSH (Joseph Smith History). I am about to serve a mission for the LDS church and it is one dream for me someday to actually go to the sacred grove and see where Joseph Smith saw the first vision.

This short film a great for learning about the history of the LDS church and how it all began.

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