Doctrine and Covenants

Week 2: Joseph Smith’s childhood; the First Vision; Moroni₂, & the gold plates

Joseph Smith—History

12 September 2024

Lesson Materials

Notes and slides will be posted after the class has been held.



Download PowerPoint slides with animation



Lesson video

Additional reading and links


The First Vision: A Joseph Smith Papers Podcast is a six-part documentary miniseries that explores the history and legacy of Joseph Smith’s first vision. The podcast recreates the world in which Joseph Smith was seeking answers to the pressing questions of his soul. Series host Spencer W. McBride interviewed historians and Church leaders for this podcast.

The episodes can be listened to on the Church website at the link above. You can also listen through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or by subscribing to the podcast’s RSS feed in your podcast app. 


Joseph Smith’s First Vision: Seeking the Accounts,” YouTube video playlist (7 parts), 1:05:48. This documentary features the finest scholars of Joseph Smith's First Vision and explores with them the circumstances and history of the various accounts of the visitation of God the Father and Jesus Christ to the boy Joseph Smith.