The First Vision in Poetry

Two hundred years ago Joseph Smith walked into the woods near his family farm and experienced the founding vision of the Restoration. While theologians and scholars have debated the veracity and contours of Joseph’s theophany, painters and poets have attempted to capture its essence in pigment and verse. This session presents examples of both visual and verbal expressions that have attempted to capture what happened on that spring day in 1820 when the heavens were opened to usher in the Last Dispensation. We will include examples of Latter-day Saint art and readings of Latter-day Saint poetry.