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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

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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of the Father through his only begoten son who was in the bosom of the father even from the begining10

See John 1:18.  


of whom be we bear reccord and the reccord which we bear is the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ who is the son11

A copy of the account of the vision made by John Whitmer sometime after April 1832 reads “who is in the Son” instead of “who is the son.” A copy made by Sidney Gilbert probably in 1832, reads “which is in the Son.” The account of the vision published in The Evening and the Morning Star in July 1832 also reads “which is in the Son.” (Revelation Book 1, p. 135[a]; Gilbert, Notebook, [64]; “A Vision,” The Evening and the Morning Star, July 1832, [2].)  


whom we saw and with whom we conversed in the heavenly vision for as we sat doing the work of translation

To produce a text from one written in another language; in JS’s usage, most often through divine means. JS considered the ability to translate to be a gift of the spirit, like the gift of interpreting tongues. He recounted that he translated “reformed Egyptian...

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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 speaking 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 unjust12

In the course of his Bible revision, JS revised John 5:29 to read: “and shall come forth; they who have done good, unto <in> the resurection of life <the just;> and they who have done evil, unto <in> the resurection of damnation the unjust.” (New Testament Revision 2, part 2, p. 114 [Joseph Smith Translation, John 5:29].)  


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 understandings13

See Ephesians 1:18.  


and they were opened and the glory of the lord shone round about14

See Luke 2:9. Philo Dibble later recollected that, as he sat in the room with JS and Rigdon, he “saw the glory and felt the power, but did not see the vision.” (Dibble, “Recollections of the Prophet Joseph Smith,” 303.)  


and we beheld the glory of the son on the right of the Father and received of his fulness15

See John 1:16. Webster’s 1845 dictionary defines “fullness” as “completeness,” “perfection,” and “abundance.” (“Fullness,” in American Dictionary [1845], 364.)  


and saw the holy Angels and they who are sanctified before his throne worshiping God and the lamb for ever and ever16

See Revelation 7:11–12.  


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]
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

The conferral of power and authority; to appoint, decree, or set apart. Church members, primarily adults, were ordained to ecclesiastical offices and other responsibilities by the laying on of hands by those with the proper authority. Ordinations to priesthood...

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of the Father  through his only begoten son who was in the  bosom of the father even from the begining10

See John 1:18.  


 of whom be [we] bear reccord and the reccord which  we bear is the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ  who is the son11

A copy of the account of the vision made by John Whitmer sometime after April 1832 reads “who is in the Son” instead of “who is the son.” A copy made by Sidney Gilbert probably in 1832, reads “which is in the Son.” The account of the vision published in The Evening and the Morning Star in July 1832 also reads “which is in the Son.” (Revelation Book 1, p. 135[a]; Gilbert, Notebook, [64]; “A Vision,” The Evening and the Morning Star, July 1832, [2].)  


whom we saw and with whom  we conversed in the heavenly vision for as we  sat doing the work of translation

To produce a text from one written in another language; in JS’s usage, most often through divine means. JS considered the ability to translate to be a gift of the spirit, like the gift of interpreting tongues. He recounted that he translated “reformed Egyptian...

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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 unjust12

In the course of his Bible revision, JS revised John 5:29 to read: “and shall come forth; they who have done good, unto <in> the resurection of life <the just;> and they who have done evil, unto <in> the resurection of damnation the unjust.” (New Testament Revision 2, part 2, p. 114 [Joseph Smith Translation, John 5:29].)  


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 understandings13

See Ephesians 1:18.  


 and they were opened and the glory of the  lord shone round about14

See Luke 2:9. Philo Dibble later recollected that, as he sat in the room with JS and Rigdon, he “saw the glory and felt the power, but did not see the vision.” (Dibble, “Recollections of the Prophet Joseph Smith,” 303.)  


and we beheld the  glory of the son on the right of the Father and  received of his fulness15

See John 1:16. Webster’s 1845 dictionary defines “fullness” as “completeness,” “perfection,” and “abundance.” (“Fullness,” in American Dictionary [1845], 364.)  


and saw the holy Angels  and they who are sanctified before his throne  worshiping God and the lamb for ever and ever16

See Revelation 7:11–12.  


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

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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

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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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