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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.


David K. Jacobs


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Stewart Petersen ... Joseph Smith


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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1976 (USA) See more »

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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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Faithful Account of the Boy Prophet 's First Visitation
23 April 2005 | by MightyCaptainSee all my reviews

This short film is a very pleasing and accurate depiction of what the young boy Joseph Smith experienced during his search for the truth about which church to join in the early 1800s. What followed was a visitation of such magnitude and importance that it nearly overshadows the great things that followed it. The Father and the Son did appear to him in a grove and gave him spiritual instruction and insight that has eluded mankind for ages. This film is a beautiful re-enactment of the experience from this remarkeable young man's point of view, he who would later mature and become known as the first prophet and leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as well as bringing to light a translation of an ancient record-the Book of Mormon.

I recommend this film to all who are curious about the man as well as those who admire the Prophet Joseph's teachings today. It will edify you and give you something to think about.

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