Joseph Smith’s First Vision Blunder

In the Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith-History 1:17, Joseph Smith says in this canonized Mormon scripture:

“When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other–‘This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!'”

In 1838, when this version of the First Vision was made known, Joseph Smith said he was 14 years old when this event happened, placing the event in the spring of 1820, when he claimed to have seen the Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in a grove of trees not far from his house in Palmyra, New York.


Joseph Smith was supposedly given the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods from messengers in 1829. In Mormon scripture, Doctrine and Covenants 84:20-22 states:

“Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, September 22 and 23, 1832… The Prophet designated it a revelation on priesthood.

20 Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest.

21 And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh;

22 For without this [priesthood] no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live.”

In 1832, Joseph Smith claimed to have had a revelation that said that without having the priesthood, no man can see God and live. Yet if Joseph Smith was not given the priesthood until 1829 and claimed to have seen God in 1820, he should have died when he had the vision!

Case closed! It’s as simple as that. Joseph Smith did not really have a vision. He simply made it up later. His own revelations contradict each other. This false prophet’s god is not the same God I put my trust in.

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