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TitleJoseph Smith and the Past
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsWelch, John W.
JournalBYU Studies Quarterly
KeywordsRevelation; Smith, Joseph, Jr.; Translation

My thoughts on Joseph Smith's interest in past worlds cluster into three sections. The first deals with the challenge of evaluating and assessing Joseph Smith's recoveries of texts or views from past worlds or civilizations.The second develops a list of ways in which the past functioned in Joseph Smith’s process of continuing revelation. The third focuses on the dynamic link between the past and the present in Joseph Smith’s concept of priesthood authority and its restoration.