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Published: Sunday, Dec. 30 2012 5:00 a.m. MST

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Grace
Bakersfield, CA

There were too many contradicting accounts of this event for honest people to trust their etermity with it. Any scholarly discussion of this subject must give a full chronology and deal with the fact that it was not referred to or referenced for the first 20 years of the Church's history.

Factual, honest discussion is the only way to deal with extra-biblical accounts. I hope this book looks at all aspects.

BYR
Woods Cross, UT

Grace, have you ever described the same event, a movie, or a book, to different people over a long period of time? Did you use the same words exactly each time? Did you leave anything out of any of the versions, regardless of the audience you spoke to? Did you forget? Does that make you untrustworthy? The fact that the descriptions of the First Vision that Joseph and others who offered second hand accouts are different, testify to me the event probably happened. I embrace the different accounts (14 of them if I recall different). I do agree that each of the accounts, and the circumstances around those varying accounts should be, can be and have been discussed. Doing a little homework will reveal that to anyone. I trust my eternity to it.

Central Texan
Buda, TX

But of course we're not really entrusting our eternity to the hands of fellow mortals -- rather, it is to the confirmation of the Holy Ghost (ie. personal revelation) that allows one to "know the truth of all things."

I believe you'll find there are differing and often contradictory accounts of the events describing Jesus' death and resurrection -- yet all the Christian world is built around those descriptions.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Central Texan,

".....there are differing and often contradictory accounts of the events describing Jesus' death and resurrection -- yet all the Christian world is built around those descriptions."
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The differences in the Nativity accounts from Matthew and Luke are even more striking. But what makes the Joseph Smith first vision accounts immediately suspect is that the divergent material all comes from a single source.

skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

The longer the LDS church avoids official clarification on these conflicting accounts of questionable church history the more unbelievable the church itself becomes. It is time for the church to recognize that in today's world people have access to previously reclusive information, and more educated people now have honest questions that deserve honest answers.

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