Category:First Vision/Persecution

Persecution of Joseph Smith after the First Vision

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Joseph Smith (1832): "none that would believe the hevnly vision"

Joseph Smith Letterbook 1, pp. 1-6. This electronic text was copied from Wikisource. The editor notes that insertions are indicated like this and deletions are indicated like this. Text in blue is in Smith's own handwriting, the remainder in the handwriting of Frederick G. Williams.

but [I] could find none that would believe the hevnly vision nevertheless I pondered these things in my heart about that time my mother and but after many days [1]

Brigham Young (1876): "Why was Joseph Smith persecuted?...Because he received revelations from the Father, from the Son, and was ministered to by holy angels"

Brigham Young:

Brother Cannon speaks of Christians. We are Christians professedly, according to our religion. People have gathered to themselves certain ideas, and laid them down as systems, calling them religion, all professing to believe and obey the Scriptures. Their religions are peculiar to themselves—our religion is peculiar to God, to angels, and to the righteous of time and eternity. Why are we persecuted because of our religion? Why was Joseph Smith persecuted? Why was he hunted from neighborhood to neighborhood, from city to city, and from State to State, and at last suffered death? Because he received revelations from the Father, from the Son, and was ministered to by holy angels, and published to the world the direct will of the Lord concerning his children on the earth. Again, why was he persecuted? Because he revealed to all mankind a religion so plain and so easily understood, consistent with the Bible, and so true.[2]


  1. "History, circa Summer 1832," The Joseph Smith Papers.
  2. Brigham Young: Sunday afternoon 17 September 1876 SLC Tabernacle Deseret News Weekly 25 (October 11, 1876): 582; Brigham Young, (17 September 1876) Journal of Discourses 18:231..