In the Spring of 1820, a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith went into the woods to pray near his home in Palmyra, New York. In the town where he lived, he had observed the rise of a great amount of excitement and competition between the different churches. The question on his mind was which church was the actual Church of Christ-- assuming that such an organization was in existence in his time. Young Joseph was a student of the Holy Bible, and with this question weighing heavily upon him at the time, he read in the New Testament this simple line of instruction: "If any of ye lack wisdom, let him ask of God..." (James 1:5).
This impressed him deeply. Left to his own reasoning, Joseph was not able to make a conclusive decision. Following the scripture in the book of James, he found a quiet spot in a nearby grove of trees. His petition to God was at first met by an intense opposition from an unseen, yet real and destructive power. It gave way to a pillar of light, which he described as being brighter than the noon-day sun. In the moments that followed, there stood before him two men dressed in white. The one called Joseph by name and pointing to the other, said, "This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!"
This appearance of the Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, to the boy Joseph Smith, marks the beginning of the rise and spread of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is this event, and the reality of this First Vision, that members of the Church of Jesus Christ point to as a key foundation point upon which everything else in based.
This coloring page depiction of the First Vision thus attempts to capture the moment in which the Father is presenting His Son to Joseph. Credit is given to the Minerva Tiechart painting of the same subject which was referenced heavily.
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