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Appendix: Orson Pratt, A[n] Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions, 1840

Appendix: Orson Pratt, A[n] Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions, 1840

obtain a knowledge, which, of all the doctrines, was the doctrine of Christ; and, which, of all the churches, was the church of Christ. He, therefore, retired to a secret place, in a grove, but a short distance from his father

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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’s house, and knelt down, and began to call upon the Lord. At first, he was severely tempted by the powers of darkness, which endeavoured to overcome him; but he continued to seek for deliverance, until darkness gave way from his mind; and he was enabled to pray, in fervency of the spirit, and in faith. And, while thus pouring out his soul, anxiously desiring an answer from God, he, at length, saw a very bright and glorious light in the heavens above; which, at first, seemed to be at a considerable distance. He continued praying, while the light appeared to be gradually descending towards him; and, as it drew nearer, it increased in brightness, and magnitude, so that, by the time that it reached the tops of the trees, the whole wilderness, for some distance around, was illuminated in a most glorious and brilliant manner. He expected to have seen the leaves and boughs of the trees consumed, as soon as the light came in contact with them; but, perceiving that it did not produce that effect, he was encouraged with the hopes of being able to endure its presence. It continued descending, slowly, until it rested upon the earth, and he was enveloped in the midst of it. When it first came upon him, it produced a peculiar sensation throughout his whole system; and, immediately, his mind was caught away, from the natural objects with which he was surrounded; and he was enwrapped in a heavenly vision, and saw two glorious personages, who exactly resembled each other in their features or likeness. He was informed, that his sins were forgiven. He was also informed upon the subjects, which had for some time previously agitated his mind, viz.—that all the religious denominations were believing in incorrect doctrines; and, consequently, that none of them was acknowledged of God, as his church and kingdom. And he was expressly commanded, to go not after them; and he received a promise that the true doctrine—the fulness of the gospel, should, at some future time, be made known to him; after which, the vision withdrew, leaving his mind in a state of calmness and peace, indescribable.3

For JS’s accounts of this vision of Deity, see JS History, ca. Summer 1832, 1–3; JS, Journal, 9–11 Nov. 1835; JS History, vol. A-1, 3; JS, “Church History,” 706–707; and JS, “Latter Day Saints,” 404–405.  


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obtain a knowledge, which, of all the doctrines, was the  doctrine of Christ; and, which, of all the churches, was  the church of Christ. He, therefore, retired to a secret  place, in a grove, but a short distance from his father

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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’s  house, and knelt down, and began to call upon the Lord.  At first, he was severely tempted by the powers of dark ness, which endeavoured to overcome him; but he conti nued to seek for deliverance, until darkness gave way from  his mind; and he was enabled to pray, in fervency of the  spirit, and in faith. And, while thus pouring out his soul,  anxiously desiring an answer from God, he, at length, saw  a very bright and glorious light in the heavens above;  which, at first, seemed to be at a considerable distance. He  continued praying, while the light appeared to be gradually  descending towards him; and, as it drew nearer, it increas ed in brightness, and magnitude, so that, by the time that  it reached the tops of the trees, the whole wilderness, for  some distance around, was illuminated in a most glorious  and brilliant manner. He expected to have seen the  leaves and boughs of the trees consumed, as soon as the  light came in contact with them; but, perceiving that it  did not produce that effect, he was encouraged with the  hopes of being able to endure its presence. It continued  descending, slowly, until it rested upon the earth, and he  was enveloped in the midst of it. When it first came upon  him, it produced a peculiar sensation throughout his whole  system; and, immediately, his mind was caught away,  from the natural objects with which he was surrounded;  and he was enwrapped in a heavenly vision, and saw two  glorious personages, who exactly resembled each other in  their features or likeness. He was informed, that his sins  were forgiven. He was also informed upon the subjects,  which had for some time previously agitated his mind,  viz.—that all the religious denominations were believing  in incorrect doctrines; and, consequently, that none of  them was acknowledged of God, as his church and king dom. And he was expressly commanded, to go not after  them; and he received a promise that the true doctrine— the fulness of the gospel, should, at some future time, be  made known to him; after which, the vision withdrew,  leaving his mind in a state of calmness and peace, inde scribable.3

For JS’s accounts of this vision of Deity, see JS History, ca. Summer 1832, 1–3; JS, Journal, 9–11 Nov. 1835; JS History, vol. A-1, 3; JS, “Church History,” 706–707; and JS, “Latter Day Saints,” 404–405.  


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Orson Pratt

19 Sept. 1811–3 Oct. 1881. Farmer, writer, teacher, merchant, surveyor, editor, publisher. Born at Hartford, Washington Co., New York. Son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Moved to New Lebanon, Columbia Co., New York, 1814; to Canaan, Columbia Co., fall...

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, A Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions, and of the Late Discovery of Ancient American Records; 1–31 pp.; Edinburgh, Scotland: Ballantyne and Hughes, 1840. The copy used for transcription is held at CHL.

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