We begin a tour of the Gospel Topics Essays and start with the First Vision Accounts. The Goal- To share the LDS Church’s Gospel Topic Essays and help the both the believing member and the non-believer get a sense of the why these essays were written, who the intended audience is, whether these essays resolve the concerns of the faithful and non-believer and why they perhaps these essays even add to the disbelief of those who skeptical of the issues they find in Mormon History.
The first prophet of the LDS church was Joseph Smith. In 1820, he claims to have been visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ. This is known as the First Vision. For believing members of the LDS church, it’s an extremely important event in the church’s history.
There is a fascinating story behind the discovery of additional accounts of this vision. There are 4 main accounts, written in 1832, 1835, 1838, and 1842. The 1838 account is the account that most LDS are familiar with, as it was put into scripture. The other accounts are similar but do have some differences. Many members of the church don’t believe the differences are a big deal. Others do. That is what this podcast is about.
Co-Hosts of this episode
Allan Mount is Co-host of the Marriage on a Tightrope podcast with his wife Kattie. After 35 faithful years in the church, it was the Gospel Topic Essays that acted as a catalyst to his faith transition. He is a sales director for a technology company in South Jordan Utah. Kattie and Allan have 4 children between the ages of 5 and 13.
Anthony Miller is an entrepreneur and education enthusiast in Billings, Montana, with Masters degrees in Business Administration and in Financial Services. After a lifetime of faithful membership in the church, he experienced a faith transition after he stumbled across the Gospel Topics Essays and similar materials in 2016, while he was searching for resources to support his adult gay son. Anthony blogs at UnpackingAmbiguity.com and is a frequent contributor to post and progressive Mormon support communities.
Bill Reel is a media producer and Pawn Shop Broker and lives in Southern Utah. bill experienced a deep faith shift while serving as a LDS Bishop in 2012. Since then has has worked to be a voice to help others reconcile the complex issues of Mormonism. He is the the lead contributor of the Mormon Primer and host of Mormon Discussion Podcast