JM recounts meeting WS who retells JS First Vision.

Apr 18, 1841
News (traditional)
James Murdock
3rd Hand

James Murdock to Congregational Observer, 19 June 1841, “The Mormons and Their Prophet,” Congregational Observer (Hartford and New Haven, Connecticut) 2 (3 July 1841): 1; reprinted in Dan Vogel, ed., Early Mormon Documents 5 vols. (Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books, 1996), 1:478

James Murdock
Joseph Smith, Jr., William Smith, James Murdock
Reading Public

About the year 1823, there was a revival of religion in that region, and Joseph was one of several hopeful converts. The others were joining, some one church, and some another in that vicinity, but Joseph hesitated between the different denominations. While his mind was perplexed with this subject, he prayed for divine direction; and afterwards was awaked one night by an extraordinary vision. The glory of the Lord filled the chamber with a dazzling light, and a glorious angel appeared to him, conversed with him, and told him that he was a chosen vessel unto the Lord to make known true religion. The next day he went into the field; but he was unable to work, his mind being oppressed by the remembrance of the vision. He returned to the house, and soon after sent for his father and brothers from the field; and then, in presence of the family, (my informant one of them,) he related all that had occurred.

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