Eleventh Annual Religious Education Student Symposium—Notes February 27, 2009 A Harmony of the First Vision – Michael Baldwin-Joseph Smith taught many people and taught in a different way to adapt to the needs of each individual—because of that accounts of First Vision are unique and different.-Ten Accounts of First Vision-Purpose of paper was to harmonize the individualities of each account-If I revealed all I know—no man would stand with me/God would kill me ~Paraphrase from Joseph Smith-Many more details learned in the harmonized account than in simply the scriptural version.-Very significant that Joseph Smith makes the point that the Father and Son look exactly alike in appearance.-All accounts bear the same message (They appeared to Joseph Smith.)-Either the vision happened or did not happen—our religion hinges on it Mercy and the Nephites – Joseph Ostenson-D&C 10:63-67-1 Nephi 1:20-Two above passages show purpose of the Book of Mormon (mercy of the Lord)-Typology: type=symbol or anticipation; antitype=clarifies previous type
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