Here in the Celestial forum, I have another thread entitled The First Vision
where I demonstrate when Smith bragged about his ability to translate Egyptian, he inadvertently confessed that this was the time in which he changed his story about who appeared to him in the First Vision and developed his doctrine of the plurality of gods. I highly suggest that readers take a look at this thread and reason it out for themselves. It wasn’t until 1835 that Smith began to shift from the traditional Trinitarian view of God (One Person expressed in Three ways) to the plurality of God being separate Persons and that the Father and Son have individual bodies of flesh and bone. Thus, Smith was heavily influenced by the vignettes that were illustrated on the Egyptian scrolls in which he purchased -- the very scrolls he claimed were drawn by the hands of Abraham and Joseph of Egypt.
The early First Vision accounting of glorified Jesus appearing to Joseph Smith in the grove in New York was later changed to reflect the idea that BOTH Jesus and the Father appeared and the doctrine of One God
as taught in the Book of Mormon gave way to Three Gods. I find a stunning comparison in Smith’s imagination between the doctrine of plurality of the gods and a King’s name in the writing of the Facsimile. Smith’s imaginary views of the papyrus associated the imagery therein to represent the God of the bible just as he did the writing to represent an Egyptian King’s name. These two points work hand in hand to prove Smith was making it all up. Both accounts are a lie!
- “King Pharaoh, whose name is given in the characters above his head.”
- “I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!”
I bear my testimony that I know both accounts are false. Joseph Smith was lying about the papyrus and his visionary experiences with God in the New York grove. I’ve never in all my life known someone to lie so much other than former President Donald J. Trump who is a terrible stain on American history.