Vision, 16 February 1832 [D&C 76]

sixteenth of February in the year of our Lord  one thousand eight hundred and— thirty two  and through the power of the spirit our eyes  were opened and our understandings were enlarged  so as to see and understand the things of God even  the things which were from the begining before  the world was which was ordained of the Father  through his only begoten son who was in the  bosom of the father even from the begining  of whom be [we] bear reccord and the reccord which  we bear is the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ  who is the son whom we saw and with whom  we conversed in the heavenly vision for as we  sat doing the work of translation which the  lord had appointed unto us we came to the  twenty ninth verse of in the fifth chapter  of John which was given unto us thus speak[i]ng  of the reserection of the dead who should hear  the voice of the son of man and shall come forth  they who have done good in the resurection of the  just and they who have done evil in the  resurection of the unjust now this caused us  to marvel for it was given <unto> us of the spirit  and while we meditated upon these thing  the Lord touched the eyes of our understandings  and they were opened and the glory of the  lord shone round about and we beheld the  glory of the son on the right of the Father and  received of his fulness and saw the holy Angels  and they who are sanctified before his throne  worshiping God and the lamb for ever and ever  and now after the many testamonies which  have been given of him this is the testamony  last of all which we give of him that he lives [p. 2]
The religious world contemporary to the church’s founding customarily classified humans as either saints or sinners, righteous or wicked, bound for heaven or hell. But JS concluded that the concept of heaven “must include more kingdoms than one.” On 16 February 1832, while working on a revision of the Bible, JS and Sidney Rigdon reported a vision of the premortal and postmortal worlds. This revelation identified three heavenly glories and also described a graded afterlife. JS stated that “nothing could be more pleasing to the Saint.”
JS and Frederick G. Williams copied this text into Revelation Book 2 between 4 March and 8 March 1832. Simply identified as “the Vision,” it is dated 16 February 1832 at Portage County, Hiram Township, Ohio. John Whitmer later recorded the text in Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “A Vision of Joseph and Sidney 16 February 1832 given in Portage County, Hiram Township, Ohio.” Sidney Gilbert also copied it into his revelation notebook in 1832. The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants included this revelation, with the subheading “A Vision,” but gave no date or location.