Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Try it Tuesday & Review {Joseph Smith's First Vision}

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"Try it Tuesday & Review."
This week I have a remarkable book to share with all of you.
It's called,
Joseph Smith's First Vision
A Guide to the Historical Accounts
by Steven C. Harper


New Volume Compiles All Known Accounts of Joseph Smith’s “First Vision”
Scholar and historian Steven C. Harper provides the various written accounts of Joseph Smith’s first encounter with Deity in their historical context.

The account given in the Doctrine and Covenants of what is widely know as Joseph Smith’s “First Vision” is not the only account that the young prophet recorded during his lifetime. In a new volume from Deseret Book, scholar Steven C. Harper argues that there are important historical and spiritual lessons to learn from the similarities and differences found in each.

Joseph Smith’s First Vision: A Guide to the Historical Accounts (Deseret Book, $19.99, hardcover) offers all of the known accounts of Joseph Smith’s first vision that were written during his lifetime. The book also provides a variety of tools necessary for readers to appropriately analyze the accounts historically. As a Church historian, Harper wrote this volume using historical and analytical methodology and designed it in such a way that scholars and lay readers alike could benefit from its contents.

Included in the volume are full-color images of the written accounts themselves and images of people and places that relate to the storied event. Harper described the nature of the book as informative and uplifting for those seeking truth, both by study and by faith.

Joseph Smith’s First Vision: A Guide to the Historical Accounts is currently available at Deseret Book and other select retailers.

About the Author:

Steven C. Harper is a professor of Church History and doctrine at BYU. He received his PhD in early American History at Lehigh University. He is regarded as one of the leading scholars of the historical record of Joseph Smith’s First Vision, and even participated as one of the editors of the Joseph Smith Papers. He is married to Jennifer Harper, and together they have five children. Harper has authored several other books, including Making Sense of the Doctrine and Covenants.

In my opinion:

This book not only takes Joseph Smith's First Vision seriously but I regained a testimony of his vision. I found that it was super important to write down the events of one's life in a journal. If Joseph Smith didn't write down his experiences, we would have no written history. 

Also, I noticed that James 1:5 was quoted numerous times. It was important for Joseph Smith to ask God since he lacked wisdom. We too can obtain a knowledge if we ask God specific questions about which way to go.

When I was 21, I went on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This book brought me back to my mission experiences when I had the opportunity of sharing Joseph Smith's First Vision with others. Joseph Smith had a remarkable vision which brought a lot of persecutions to his life.

Overall, this book was really hard to put down. I read it within a "nap time." I planned to read for an hour but I continued till the end. My favorite chapter was about listening to Joseph Smith communicate. We must try and understand what he is telling us. When we hear someone tell an experience we listen so we can retell the same story to someone else. We often ask questions as that person is speaking so we may understand. We must do the same with Joseph Smith. If you don't understand his vision, read about it and think about the experience. Sometimes our prejudices get in the way of our thoughts. Have a sincere and honest heart and ask God if his vision was true. This book was definitely inspiring and informative. I recommend it to anyone.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 

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