How It Started: The Beginning
If you have ever accepted a Bible study with a Mormon, you undoubtedly have been encouraged to “bear witness” to the truth of the Book of Mormon and ultimately the Mormon faith. One of the most common ways people engage in such a study is to give a barrage of contradictions in the “BOM” countered by the Bible, or show some contradictions to their other “standard works”, but for now we’ll just address the first vision by Joseph Smith. This vision is what started the whole movement to the Mormon faith after all. According to Mormon Apostle John A. Widtsoe “the First Vision of 1820 is of first importance in the history of Joseph Smith. Upon its reality rest the truth and value of his subsequent work” .