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Vision, 16 February 1832 [D&C 76]

The Vision
A vision of Joseph & Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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February 16th. 1832 given in Portage County Hiram Township

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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State of Ohio in North America which they saw concerning the church of the first born and concerning the economy of God and his vast creation througout all eternity1

This introduction is not included in the account of the vision published in The Evening and the Morning Star, but it is included in the copy John Whitmer inscribed in Revelation Book 1. (“A Vision,” The Evening and the Morning Star, July 1832, [2]–[3]; Revelation Book 1, p. 135[a].)  


Here O ye heavens & give ere ear O earth2

See Isaiah 1:2.  


and rejoice ye inhabitants thereof for the lord he is God and beside him there is none else3

See Deuteronomy 4:35.  


for great is his wisdom, marvilous are his ways and the extent of his doings none can find out. his purposes fail not neither are there any who can stay his hand, from eternity to eternity, he is the same and his years never fail I the Lord am merciful and gracious unto them who fear me and delight to honor them who serve me in righteousness and in truth great shall be their reward and Eternal Shall be their glory and unto them will I reveal all my misteries yea all the hiden misteries6

“Any thing in the character or attributes of God, or in the economy of divine providence, which is not revealed to man. . . . The idea of something awfully sublime or important; something that excites wonder.” (“Mystery,” in American Dictionary [1828].)  


of my Kingdom from days of old and for ages to come will I make Known unto them the good pleasure of my will7

See Ephesians 1:9.  


concerning all things to come yea even the wonders of eternity shall they know and things to come will I shew them even the things of many generations there wisdom shall be great and there understanding reach to heaven and before them the wisdom of the wise shall perish and the understanding of the prudent shall come to naught8

See Isaiah 29:14; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 111 [2 Nephi 27:26].  


for by my spirit will I enlighten them and by my power will I make known unto them the secrets of my will yea even those things which eye has not seen nor ear heard nor yet entered into the heart of man9

See 1 Corinthians 2:9.  


We Joseph & Sidney

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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being in the Spirit on the [p. 1]

Frederick G. Williams handwriting begins.  


The Vision
A vision of Joseph & Sidney [Rigdon]

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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February 16th. 1832   given in Portage County Hiram Township

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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State of Ohio  in North Ame[r]ica which they saw concerning the  church of the first born and concerning the economy  of God and his vast creation througout all eternity1

This introduction is not included in the account of the vision published in The Evening and the Morning Star, but it is included in the copy John Whitmer inscribed in Revelation Book 1. (“A Vision,” The Evening and the Morning Star, July 1832, [2]–[3]; Revelation Book 1, p. 135[a].)  


Here O ye heavens & give ere [ear] O earth2

See Isaiah 1:2.  


and rejoice  ye inhabitants thereof for the lord he is God  and beside him there is none else3

See Deuteronomy 4:35.  


for great is  his wisdom, marvilous are his ways and the  extent of his doings none can find out[.] his  purposes fail not neither are there any who can  stay his hand,4

TEXT: Possibly “hands” (without a comma).  


from eternity to eternity, he is  the same and his years never fail I the Lord  am merciful and gracious unto them who fear  me and delight to honor them who serve me  in righteousness and in truth 5

TEXT: Frederick G. Williams handwriting ends; JS begins.  


great shall be  their reward and Eternal Shall be their glory and unto  them will I reveal all my misteries yea all the hiden  misteries6

“Any thing in the character or attributes of God, or in the economy of divine providence, which is not revealed to man. . . . The idea of something awfully sublime or important; something that excites wonder.” (“Mystery,” in American Dictionary [1828].)  


of my Kingdom from days of old and for  ages to come will I make Known unto them the good  pleasure of my will7

See Ephesians 1:9.  


concerning all things to come yea  

JS handwriting ends; Frederick G. Williams begins.  


even the wonders of eternity shall they know and things  to come will I shew them even the things of many  generations there wisdom shall be great and there  understanding reach to heaven and before them  the wisdom of the wise shall perish and the  understanding of the prudent shall come to naught8

See Isaiah 29:14; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 111 [2 Nephi 27:26].  


 for by my spirit will I enlighten them and by  my power will I make known unto them the  secrets of my will yea even those things which  eye has not seen nor ear heard nor yet  entered into the heart of man9

See 1 Corinthians 2:9.  


We Joseph & Sidney

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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“The Vision,” Hiram Township

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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, OH, 16 Feb. 1832; signed by Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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and JS. Featured version copied [between 16 Feb. and 8 Mar. 1832] in Revelation Book 2, pp. 1–10; handwriting of Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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and JS; CHL. Includes redactions. For more complete source information, see the source note for Revelation Book 2.

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