Articles/Essays – Volume 6, No. 1

A Comment on Joseph Smith’s Account of His First Vision and the 1820 Revival

1971: Peter Crawley “A Comment on Joseph Smith’s Account of His First Vision and the 1820 Revival Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 6 No. 1 (1971): 106–107.

Ever since people first heard of the First Vision, the events surrounding it has been clouded by controversy. Crawley comments with historical references that help to clarify this controversy. He compares the story behind Joseph Smith with the 19th Century Baptist preacher David Marks. Even though they never would have met, they have somewhat similar experiences. For them personally, religious experiences in the surrounding area were publicized enough that they would have heard about them in their own home towns.