Ask of God: Joseph Smith’s First Vision


Between 1832 and
1844, Joseph Smith and some of his closest friends
recorded at least nine accounts of Joseph’s First
Vision experience, given on different occasions
to different audiences. The most detailed of these
accounts, written in 1838, has been published in a
volume of scripture called the Pearl of Great Price. What you are about to see draws
upon all of the written First Vision accounts to provide
additional perspectives and insights into
this remarkable event. [CHIRPING] My name is Joseph Smith. When I was young,
there was, in the place where we lived, an
unusual excitement on the subject of religion. My mind became seriously
impressed with regard to the welfare of my soul. I pondered many
things in my heart. I felt to mourn for my own
sins and the sins of the world, but upon inquiring about
the plan of salvation, I found that there was a great
clash in religious sentiment. This was grief to my soul. I knew not who was
right or who was wrong and I considered it of
the first importance that I should be
right in matters that involved eternal consequences. I wanted to get religion, too. I wanted to feel and
shout like the rest, but could feel nothing. I was one day reading
the epistle of James, “If any of you lack wisdom,
let him ask of God … and it shall be given him.” It seemed to enter
with great force into every feeling of my heart. After I retired into the
place where I had previously designed to go, having
looked around me and finding myself
alone, I kneeled down and began to offer up the
desires of my heart to God. I cried unto the Lord
for mercy, for there was none else to whom I
could go to obtain mercy. It was the first time in my
life that I had made the attempt to pray vocally. O God. Immediately I was seized
upon by some power which entirely overcame me– [GRUNTS] –and had such astonishing
influence over me– [PANTING] –as to bind my tongue
so I could not speak. My mind filled with
doubts and all manner of inappropriate images. [CRACKING SOUND] [PANTING] It seemed to me for
a time as if I were doomed to sudden destruction. But, exerting all my powers to
call upon God to deliver me– Lord! –my mouth was opened– [SOBS] Have mercy on me! –and my tongue liberated. (CRYING) Forgive me. [BIRD CALLING AND FLAPPING] [LOW WHOOSHING INTENSIFYING] [SILENCE] [BREATHING SHAKILY] Joseph. Joseph, this is My Beloved Son. Hear Him! Joseph, thy sins
are forgiven thee. Behold, I am the Lord of Glory. I was crucified for the
world that all those who believe on my name
may have eternal life. The world lieth in sin. They have turned
aside from the gospel and keep not my commandments. They draw near to
me with their lips while their hearts
are far from me. They teach for doctrines
the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but
they deny the power thereof. Go not after them. Wait patiently. At a future time the
complete truth of the Gospel will be revealed to you. [SOFT WHOOSHING] When the light had
departed, I had no strength. [CHIRPING] Peace and calm filled my mind. My soul was filled with love. For many days, I could
rejoice with great joy and the Lord was with me. I had received a promise that
the fullness of the Gospel should, at some future
time, be made known unto me. And I had actually seen a light,
and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, and they
did in reality speak to me. I knew it, and I knew God knew
it and I could not deny it. [CHIRPING CONTINUES] [DISTANT BARKING] [DISTANT BLEATING] [GENTLE MUSIC PLAYING]

100 comments

  1. Reminds me of the times I have been able to watch this video at the Church History Museum and when I watch it there with an 180 degree screen, it's like I'm actually in the forest and watching Joseph Smith seeing Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father in the mists of light and seeing the vision myself.

  2. Thank you Lord for a prophet. Since I was a little boy I have watched and waited for thy second coming, I hope to see you coming in the clouds in all your glory, and I pray I will not shrink before you, but lift my head and cry unto thee, and fall in thy arms. Amen

  3. All we have to do is keep christ at the center. Have faith he can perfect you, heal you, comfort you. All we need to do is Hear him

  4. I love this video so much! It's one of my favorites 🙂 I'm so thankful for the faith Joseph Smith had and for modern day prophets!

  5. How essential it is to have a living prophet in our time like ancient times. Joseph Smith was chosen to be a prophet.

  6. The narrator's voice in this video sounds just like the actor's voice who played Jesus Christ in so many LDS Bible story videos. :>)

  7. Thank you for this video! I had just talked with my kids about this in home church today. We have been covering what the prophet asked us to study before General conference. I pray we all as a church family will have the experience the prophet mentioned in his last talk in oct. I will now gather my family agin before bed to share this great rendition of the first vision. I myself am a Visual learner so this helps.

  8. I think the point here is to turn to god. Its not the end of the world. This is a test. We all must turn to god and he will make our land prosperous again

  9. Good job! There are so many things I like about this. I like that it acknowledged that there are multiple accounts, and I love that there is no embellishment (no pretty music, or made up dialogue); it's just a straight-forward retelling.

  10. Marvelous video. Still, I would alter one thing: using the voice of the same [amazing!] actor who played Christ in the Life of Christ Videos to do the voiceover is distracting.

  11. This is true and I know it for myself that Joseph Smith jr. saw what he said he saw. My mind is at peace with this knowledge I have received by the Spirit of God. Even as I share my brief feelings in this message, the peace of the Lord is upon my mind. We truly are a blessed generation to be apart of this great work of the Lord. I know that The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints is truly the Lord's kingdom once again upon the earth to bless the lives of all God's children and prepare them for the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.

  12. I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
    ♥️ And I love the gospel that has been restored for all of us to learn more about God! I am grateful for this knowledge the Lord has given to me. Pray to hear him! He will fill your soul with love light and knowledge. ♥️

  13. I wouldn't be surprised to discover that everyone who's ever lived on earth at some time in their life has had an experience where they Heard a Voice from heaven or had an experience with the the divine. God is speaking to his children, we need to learn to #hearhim.

  14. I know Brother Joseph saw God the Father and God the Son on that beautiful Spring morning of 1820.
    To the ones who are coming here with broken hearts and doubts, I say: turn yourselves to Christ. #HearHim and doubt not. Pray with sincerity and willing to do Our Father's will, in the name of His Son, and He will answer. He says He will, and He cannot lie. I know He does, because when I doubted Him and His Church the most, He showed me the way. Trust no man; men can be deceitful. Go to Christ and act upon His answers

  15. This is one of the great events in history that occurs in these latter days. The appearance of God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ to Joseph Smith. I've tried to search, wait and read the Book of Mormon that he has brought forth and asked God if it's true. It had made known to me that this is true through the power of his spirit. I know other people will learn this truth especially if they will seek and faith in it.

  16. I love this. When I feel Satan’s influence, I don’t feel worthy to call on the Lord. But I should be like Joseph, and seek His grace more earnestly.

  17. The great question humanity has to seek for its answer is, why does God appeared personally to a young boy in 1820?

  18. I didn’t believe this story at first. I committed to heartfelt prayer and study for months. God answered. Now I have spiritual knowledge: Jesus is the Way, the Book of Mormon is truth, and Joseph Smith experienced this vision.

  19. I LOVE this version. And I am grateful that they included: I knew it and I knew that God knew it and I could not deny it. THANKS for a wonderful start of an other covid-19 week

  20. Powerful! Simply calm!
    God the Father and His Son, our savior, visited the earth and spoke again to someone seeking truth.
    I have hope because of my Savior!:-)
    Regardless of who we are, hope and His message, is actually here … now … for all !
    We are given a choice to receive His joy or not.
    What do I choose? What do I want?
    A choice with Him always gives and expands me, who I am.
    A choice against Him? Only leaves an absence that is hard to fill. Not really growing.

  21. With the turmoil in the world these days – global tensions, economic uncertainty, societal breakdown, and now the covid 19 virus spreading across the globe – now more than ever we need a prophet's voice to guide us. I am thankful for Joseph Smith's faith. And for Russell M Nelson as he guides us through these trying times. God loves us and would not forsake us!

  22. "Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thy hand." – Ezekiel 37:16-17

    "Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore." – Ezekiel 37:26

  23. I have a testimony of the truthfulness of Joseph Smith's first vision. I know he saw God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ.

  24. Everything within me tells me this did in fact happen and it fills me with immense joy to be apart of this marvelous work and a wonder.

  25. This video reflects some of the excellent work the Church as a whole and the Church History Department specifically has done over the last decade. The history of the Church is more inspiring and when faith promoting when told in its entirety.

  26. I love Joseph Smith, and I love the Lord! I’m so happy and comforted to know the truths that were restored following this marvelous event. Let the light, glory, and love of God lift us all at this, our time of challenge.

  27. I must testify that the holy spirit filled my soul with peace, love, knowledge, and understanding that Joseph Smith saw our Heavenly Father and His BelovedY

  28. I served as a missionary many years ago. One thing I would tell people is that Joseph Smith either saw what he said he saw, or he made it up. It has to be one or the other. I have a 14-year-old daughter. She has the internet and far more education than Joseph ever had. There is no way she, or any other 14-yea-old, could ever make up anything like the events Joseph described. I recommend to anyone who questions or doubts this sacred visitation to read the Book of Mormon with an honest heart and a sincere desire to know truth. If you do, you will know that Joseph saw God and Christ, and that he was the prophet of this last dispensation.

  29. I've gone to the Lord to know if Joseph really did have this experience, and I can now say for myself that I know he did. God will reveal truth to us by the power of the Holy Spirit if we diligently seek it and look to Him.

  30. I really appreciate the attention to detail here that incorporates all the different written accounts of this vision. The axe in the stump where his father has been clearing trees. Joseph hearing noises behind him causing him to "spring to his feet" but seeing nobody there. Christ's first words being "Thy sins are forgiven thee". This is now my favorite depiction of the First Vision.

  31. El linaje ancestral de José Smith fue extraordinario y también la preparación que el tuvo en el cielo antes de nacer fue extraordinaria, por eso aparecieron a el, tanto Dios el Padre Eterno como Jesucristo.

  32. I know this to be true. I am greatful that the Lord answered Joseph Smith fervent prayer. He wanted to know the truth so he did what inspired him to do so.This day was the day that the Lord appeared to Joseph Smith and gave instructions what to do. The heaven and earth was opened again for the last dispensation to restored the gospel back on the earth again. I am thankful and greatful that this took place so many years ago and still stands it’s truth to now and the future. I know it to be true we can still receive revelation then and to now also. All we need to do is to pray about it only our Lord and Saviour will answered it for you. I humbled myself and read ii, watched it again and again and to hear the Heavenly Father and Jesus voice. Hear Him. I love this church with all my heart.

  33. Amazing! Great video about the First Vision with more information about what the Lord told to the Prophet Joseph Smith

  34. Study yourself approved,or are you going to listen to a man or are you going to listen to God and test everything.

  35. No matter what's been said for or against Joseph Smith, for or against the LDS church, or its members, this much I do know for myself:
    This actually happened. God the Father and our Savior Jesus Christ appeared to the young man Joseph Smith and called him to be a prophet to restore Christ's church.
    This has been witnessed to me, and no matter what happens, I cannot ever deny that this is true. I have learned for myself that this is true.

  36. I know this isn't quite the point of this message, but I noticed that the Church logo was white.

    I've seen the logo in blue, green, gold, red, purple, and orange.

    But not always in white. I think it is very appropriate.

  37. Salamat sa katapangan at dedikasyon mo…nahanap ko ang katotohanan na ang Ama sa Langit at si Panginoon Hesus Kristo ay buhay at tinawag kang Propeta sa panahon ng manunumbalik ng kabuuan ng Ebanghelyo.

  38. I am sure like most of our memories, the story can have slight details that differ over time. But the event its self is what is true, that it happened. A boy named Joseph saw a vision of God the Eternal Father, and his beloved Son Jesus Christ, and that they talked to him and heard them. We all have had spiritual experiences that bring us closer to the reality of the atonement. This one is unique, only in that was to be the building block upon the belief that Christ visited the America's, which is outlined in the Book of Mormon. If you want to learn more about what members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints refer to as the "Restoration", you can request to be visited by friendly missionaries who have no other purpose then to teach these truths and principles that they have come to know is true. If for some reason they can't answer a specific question you may have, they will try and search and find an answer, but remember no one has "all" the answers to every question, of course excluding our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. Some things just take faith and time before certain things are revealed. However, there should be enough facts or known discoveries to help lay a foundation and help you plant that first seed. I hope that helps someone. This is a very good time to be alive, albeit trying and challenging, but the 200th year since the first vision is right around the corner. We need more folks who want to learn and hopefully participate in building the kingdom of God. Everyone has value, from the top to the bottom and everything in between. Thank you =)

  39. While the world tugs at us with it's harmful words and images, we must have the strength to pray unto God for mercy and guidance. We must be strong, like the young Joseph Smith. We must have faith that the Lord will deliver us in the last days. God is great, God is good, and he WILL save the rightious from the eternal suffering of hell. Repent and be saved. #HearHim

  40. I hadn't been aware of the version that mentioned the "inappropriate images" that entered his mind before the Father and the Son appeared. That somehow made this event more relatable. Whenever we're trying to embark on something important and good, this happens. And it's only by calling on Jesus Christ that we can have the darkness cast away and proceed with the good. Beautiful video. Important message.

  41. I truly believe this happened. A light a peace fills my soul as I ponder our Father’s great love for us in Calling the Prophet Joseph. I know the Savior lives and that this is His work.

  42. I like how it brings the various versions of Joseph's testimony together in a comprehensive whole. Wow, so powerful!

  43. You simply can’t deny the feeling of truth in this video. Thank you to everyone who worked to put this together!

  44. God wants to speak to us… isn't it great that he gives us the opportunity exercise faith to Hear Him. (James 1:5) "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son…" (John 3:16) Joseph Smith's First Vision is evidence of God's love and desire to speak to us.

  45. Being a Convert to the Church some 41 years ago at the young age of 24 in Amarillo Texas. The only thing I knew about the Mormons was from the movie Paint Your Wagon. My first Testimony of The Gospel of Jesus Christ was of Joseph Smith. I knew WITHOUT DOUBT that he was a Prophet of God and there was no way that anyone could ever do what he did without having the precise direction of our Heavenly Father. I care not what the naysayers say. I know the TRUTH & the Holy Ghost didn’t whisper it to me. The knowledge came to me so powerfully that it overwhelmed my entire body with Joy & Happiness. I know also that if I ever denied the revelation that I received, I know that I would die. The Church of Jesus Christ is the True & Only Church of our Savior Jesus Christ, here, now, on earth for all to share. Please share your Love for the Gospel & especially our Savior Jesus Christ. Never miss an opportunity to share your testimony to those that would hear. It is crucial for their salvation & exaltation as well as yours.

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