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Honoring Joseph’s Theophany Two Centuries Later

TitleHonoring Joseph’s Theophany Two Centuries Later
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsKraus, Spencer
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsFirst Vision; Smith, Joseph, Jr.; Theophany

In the year 2020, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrated the 200th anniversary of the First Vision of the Prophet Joseph Smith. As a part of honoring that seminal moment in the Church’s history, the Church History Symposium focused on the context, place, and meaning of the First Vision. Selected papers from the conference have been published in Joseph Smith and his First Vision: Context, Place, and Meaning, edited by Alexander L. Baugh, Steven C. Harper, Brent M. Rogers, and Benjamin C. Pykles, offering new insights and research into Joseph Smith’s theophany in the Sacred Grove that has inspired millions worldwide to ask of God as Joseph did. The papers selected for publication are well-written and provide a great deal of new scholarship relating to the dramatic theophany that Joseph Smith experienced, and, as such, it is a great addition to any Latter-day Saint’s library.