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Memory and Millennials: A Review of First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins
|Title||Memory and Millennials: A Review of First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Marsh, Spencer R.|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship|
|Keywords||Early Church History; First Vision; Memory|
The multiple historical accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision have been an area of intense study, debate, and discussion for several decades. The newest addition to the discussion is a specialized monograph engaging the various accounts of the First Vision through the lens of psychology and, particularly, memory studies. This book, authored by Steven C. Harper, proves to be a valuable resource in answering some pressing questions about the integrity of the First Vision accounts, even though that was not the book’s explicitly stated purpose. This review highlights these contributions as interpreted through the lens of a Millennial reviewer — a demographic widely assumed to be facing challenges today in recontextualizing, repurposing, and appreciating the First Vision, with which this new book can help.
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