First Vision of the Prophet Joseph Smith
First Vision of the Prophet Joseph Smith

The year 2020 marks 200 years since the First Vision of the Prophet Joseph Smith, that heralded the dispensation of the Fullness of Times.

During last General Conference, President Russell M. Nelson invited the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to prepare for the April conference that will commemorate the bicentennial of the First Vision. This article includes links to resources that may be helpful as you prepare by learning more about the First Vision.

President Nelson counseled us to “immerse yourself in the glorious light of the Restoration.” And he gave us this promise: “As you do, general conference next April will be not only memorable; it will be unforgettable.”

Resources About the First Vision

(links taken from an article on

“The greatest event and the most important accomplishment in the course of all human history is the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ and the eternal triumph that provided over physical and spiritual death for everyone who has lived, now lives, or ever will live upon the earth.

“The greatest event since that divine sacrifice and the next greatest accomplishment in making that Atonement fully efficacious in the great plan of salvation was the appearance of the Father and the Son to the boy prophet Joseph Smith in the New York springtime of 1820. Had we never had what we have come to call “the Restoration,” the great plan of salvation would have been forever thwarted, and the full blessings of the Atonement would not have reached most of God’s children, past, present, and future.” (“Testify of the Restoration,” Jeffrey R. Holland)


Other Resources

Resources for Youth

  • The First Vision: Doctrinal Mastery,” infographic with a basic outline of events and doctrine of the First Vision
  • James 1:5-6,” Line Upon Line section of the New Era, analysis of the verses that led Joseph Smith to pray in the Sacred Grove
  • Blessings of the Restoration,” Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, how Joseph Smith can help us develop our own testimonies of Christ, excerpt from his talk “The Fruits of the First Vision” from general conference April 2005

Resources for Children

Home Evening Ideas


April 1980: 150 Years of the Restored Gospel (1830)

I went back in history 40 years, and I found some interesting talks about the 150th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ. Ten years after the First Vision, the Church was finally officially restored on the earth. The First Vision was the necessary first step for the unfolding of the Restoration.

As President Russell M. Nelson said:

“We’re witnesses to a process of restoration,” said the prophet. “If you think the Church has been fully restored, you’re just seeing the beginning. There is much more to come. … Wait till next year. And then the next year. Eat your vitamin pills. Get your rest. It’s going to be exciting.” 

In 1980 I wasn’t yet a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I didn’t even know that such church existed on the earth, but I was beginning to look for some answers to my questions about this life and the life after. I would finally find those answer 5 years later, in 1985, thanks to two missionaries.

This Final Glorious Gospel Dispensation By Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve

150-Year Drama: A Personal View of Our History By Elder Gordon B. Hinckley Of the Quorum of the Twelve

Belonging: A View of Membership By Jeffrey R. Holland

The Best of All Good News: The Gospel Is Restored By Elder W. Grant Bangerter Of the First Quorum of the Seventy


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