Can We Have A “First Vision” Experience?

This is a guest post by Ann Purcell. Ann has been teaching a technique of meditation called Transcendental Meditation (TM) since 1973. In this article she introduces what’s possible in meditation and some of the differences between TM and other forms of meditation.


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Ann Purcell

I recently posted a guest article on my blog by Bryce Haymond about Joseph Smith, publisher of the Book of Mormon and founder of the Latter-day Saint movement. In his essay Bryce describes a life-transforming experience that Joseph Smith had at age 14 when he was praying in a forest. Continue reading “Can We Have A “First Vision” Experience?”

God’s Mystical Greeting in Joseph Smith’s First Vision

There is a curious detail in Joseph Smith’s earliest accounts of his First Vision that may teach us more about his encounter with Deity, and why there are differences between the accounts. It is when God greets Joseph. Please bear with me as I present the various firsthand accounts, and we will return to the curious detail afterwards.

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The Divine Light of a Lowly Farmer Boy

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Ann Purcell is the author of the book The Transcendental Meditation Technique and The Journey of Enlightenment, from which I’ve cited several “First Vision” accounts. Ann has a friend who is Mormon who sent her a note about my website, ThyMindOMan.com, and Ann contacted me. Through email exchanges I’ve come to know Ann better. She is a kind, wise, humble, and gracious person, who I am grateful to know and call my friend. Continue reading “The Divine Light of a Lowly Farmer Boy”

Norris Stearns “First Vision” Account

This is an account written by Norris Stearns of Greenfield, Massachusetts, published in 1815, five years before Joseph Smith’s First Vision experience, in a pamphlet titled The Religious Experience Of Norris Stearns Written by Divine Command. The 35 page pamphlet can be read in its entirety online at this link. Here is an excerpt of part of his vision:

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