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Vision, 16 February 1832 [D&C 76]

for we saw him, even on the right hand of God & we  heard the voice bearing reccord that he is the only begotten of  the Father that by him and through him and of him the  worlds are made and were created and the inhabitants  thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God and  this we saw also and bear reccord that an angel of  God who was in authority in the presence of God who  rebelled against the only begotten son whom the father  loved who was in the bosom with the father and  was thrust down from the presence of the father  God and the son and was called perdition for the  heavens wept over him for he was Lucifer  even the son of the morning and we beheld  and lo he is fallen is fallen even the son  of the morning, and while we were yet in the  spirit the Lord commanded that we should  write the vision for we beheld satan that old  serpent even the devel who who rebelled against  God and saught to take the kingdom of our God  and his christ wherefore he maketh war with  the saints of God and encompasseth them round  about, and we saw a vision of the eternal  sufferings of those with whom he made war  and overcame for thus came the voice of the  Lord unto us thus saith the lord concerning all  those who who know my power and have been  made partakers thereof and have suffered them selves through the power of the devel to be over come unto the denying of the truth and the  defying of my power they are they who are  the sons of perdition of whom I say it had  been better for them to have never been born  for they are vessels of wrath doomed to suffer  the wrath of God with the Devel and his angels [p. 3]
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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.

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