The narrative and descriptions of visions had by Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and others leads me to believe these guys were tripping on acid as they induced their heavenly visionary experiences. It seems like an acid trip and Joseph Smith was the pusher and instigator of the whole thing. Here are some quotes from Church produced materials that describe the circumstances that took place during the visionary experiences of Section 76.
Lesson 79: Doctrine and Covenants 76:20–49
Philo Dibble was present when Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon received their vision. He described Joseph and Sidney’s experience:
Philo Dibble wrote:The vision which is recorded in the Book of Doctrine and Covenants was given at the house of ‘Father Johnson,’ in [Hiram], Ohio, and during the time that Joseph and Sidney were in the spirit and saw the heavens open, there were other men in the room, perhaps twelve, among whom I was one during a part of the time … I saw the glory and felt the power, but did not see the vision.
Note how Philo says he saw
the glory and felt
the power but did not see
the vision. He too would have been under the influence of acid but experienced his own kind of religious experience that didn’t exactly coincide with the others. Everyone’s own acid trip is a personal experience and will take on characteristics that are unique to that person.
- saw = Wow man, I see brightness and shapes and things moving and opening
- felt = Wow man I can feel it -- what an amazing sensation
- see = Wow man, I see things but not the angels
Philo Dibble wrote:Joseph would, at intervals, say: ‘What do I see?’ as one might say while looking out the window and beholding what all in the room could not see. Then he would relate what he had seen or what he was looking at. Then Sidney replied, ‘I see the same.’ Presently Sidney would say ‘what do I see?’ and would repeat what he had seen or was seeing, and Joseph would reply, ‘I see the same.’
This is very descriptive of dudes dropping acid and sharing their experiences together:
Wow man, look what I see! Yeah man, I see it too. Wow man.
The power of suggestion by the ringleader and doper (Joseph Smith) induced visions on his friends by having them drop acid and hallucinate a religious experience according to his persuasion. This was an incredible group high designed to fully initiate others into Joseph Smith’s realm of deep religious thought. It was the ultimate form of brainwashing using the most powerful means to perform it.
Philo Dibble wrote:Joseph sat firmly and calmly all the time in the midst of a magnificent glory, but Sidney sat limp and pale, apparently as limber as a rag, observing which, Joseph remarked, smilingly, ‘Sidney is not used to it as I am’.
Or in other words, Sidney hasn’t been dropping acid as long as I have. Sidney was stoned out of his mind and sat limp and pale
in the chair while tripping on acid. Joseph Smith was very used to getting high. He’d been doing it for years!
Folks, this was a group acid experience and Joseph Smith was a druggie. It’s so plainly obvious that a druggie today could easily pick up on the cues that expose this charade. Mormonism was born out of an acid trip. And it all started with the First Vision.
Far out, man. Peace.