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Opening the Heavens: Accounts of Divine Manifestations, 1820-1844

TitleOpening the Heavens: Accounts of Divine Manifestations, 1820-1844
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2017
Series EditorWelch, John W.
Number of Pages516
PublisherBrigham Young University Press/Deseret Book
CityProvo, UT/Salt Lake City
KeywordsEarly Church History; First Vision; Kirtland Temple; Priesthood Restoration; Smith, Joseph, Jr.; Young, Brigham

Joseph Smith had only one request of the publisher of the Chicago Democrat, to whom he directed his now-famous Wentworth Letter: "All that I shall ask at his hands, is, that he publish the account entire, ungarnished, and without misrepresentation."

Since 1959, BYU Studies has been a premier publisher of primary historical documents in LDS Church history. Continuing this tradition, Opening the Heavens gathers in one place the key historical collections documenting divine manifestations from 1820 to 1844. Gathered here are the historical documents concerning the First Vision, the translation of the Book of Mormon, the restoration of the priesthood, the many visions of Joseph Smith, the outpouring of keys at the Kirtland Temple, and the mantle of Joseph Smith passing to Brigham Young. Each collection of documents is preceded by a chapter explaining the event.

As you read the accounts of divine manifestations in Opening the Heavens, the truth of the Restoration events becomes clearer. The original, eyewitness accounts will endure for generations, making this one of the most persuasive and influential Church history books you may ever read or own.

Many new historical resources have become available since the first edition of Opening the Heavens. Newly discovered testimonies have been added to this second edition, and footnotes cite sources recently made available by the Joseph Smith Papers Project. This valuable collection offers remarkable access to the earliest historical sources.

Opening the Heavens