OP retells First Vision.

Dec 19, 1869
Speech / Court Transcript
Orson Pratt
Scribed Verbatim
2nd Hand

Orson Pratt, "Revelations and Manifestations of God and of Wicked Spirits," in Journal of Discourses (Liverpool: Horace S. Eldredge; London: The Latter-day Saints' Book Depot, 1869), 13:65-66

Horace S. Eldridge, Latter-day Saints' Book Depot
Heavenly Father, Orson Pratt, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, Jr.
Latter-day Saints, Reading Public

By and by an obscure individual, a young man, rose up, and, in the midst of all Christendom, proclaimed the startling news that God had sent an angel to him; that through his faith, prayers, and sincere repentance he had beheld a supernatural vision, that he had seen a pillar of fire descend from Heaven, and saw two glorious personages clothed upon with this pillar of fire, whose countenance shone like the sun at noonday; that he heard one of these personages say, pointing to the other, “This is my beloved Son, hear ye him.” This occurred before this young man was fifteen years of age; and it was a startling announcement to make in the midst of a generation so completely given up to the traditions of their fathers; and when this was proclaimed by this young, unlettered boy to the priests and the religious societies in the State of New York, they laughed him to scorn. “What!” said they, “visions and revelations in our day! God speaking to men in our day!” They looked upon him as deluded; they pointed the finger of scorn at him and warned their congregations against him. “The canon of Scripture is closed up; no more communications are to be expected from Heaven. The ancients saw heavenly visions and personages; they heard the voice of the Lord; they were inspired by the Holy Ghost to receive revelations, but behold no such thing is to be given to man in our day, neither has there been for many generations past.” This was the style of the remarks made by religionists forty years ago. This young man, some four years afterwards, was visited again by a holy angel.

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