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The First Vision (1976)

Not Rated | | Drama, Short | 1976 (USA)
In 1820, 14 year-old Joseph Smith is confused about what church is true.




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In Palmyra, New York in 1820, 14 year-old Joseph Smith wonders about what church is true. He feels that none of the other faiths are not true and wants an answer. One spring morning, he goes out to pray in a grove near his home and starts to pray. He feels an evil spirit trying to prevent him from praying. Then, he sees the most beautiful light and sees 2 personages. They are Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. They told Joseph that he should not join any of the churches because they were of the wrong faith. They also told Joseph to restore the true church of Jesus Christ. Written by mountain91

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Drama | Short


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The scene where Joseph hears disembodied footsteps in the grove and leaps to his feet was taken from Joseph Smith's 1835 account of the First Vision as recorded by Warren Cowdery. See more »


When Joseph walks toward the grove, some scenes show untouched grass ahead of him, while others clearly show a path in the tall grass, the result of an earlier take. See more »


Referenced in It's Latter-Day Night! Live Comedy (2003) See more »

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Words cannot describe it.
15 August 2004 | by (Owasso,OK) – See all my reviews

People often say that it is impossible for someone to have had a vision at any other time besides when the Bible was written.But this movie goes to show you that is not true.The story of the Prophet Joseph Smith is second only to the story of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,and is just as true.For someone who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,this movie holds that and also the power of prayer to be some of the plain and precious truths of all time.People who are looking for some good old spiritual film,will be delighted to put this back in the VCR and watch it again.Maybe for Family Home Evening as well.I look forward to full-length feature based on the life of Joseph Smith.

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