the thinker

What Joseph Smith's Four Foundational Visions have in Common

All four of the foundational visions of Joseph Smith, namely: The eight witnesses, the angel golden plate's story, the priesthood restoration, and the first vision, reveal the same evolving pattern. All four start out as rather mundane metaphysical experiences, and then with each version the story became more literal, physical, unique, impressive, and yes miraculous. The most miraculous accounts of the priesthood restoration and his first vision are provided by Joseph Smith when he is in serious trouble with his own leadership. A witness in court that keeps telling a more miraculous version of his story each time loses credibility, their testimony becomes impeached. All of this evidence is detailed in, An Insiders View of Mormon Origins, chapters 5-8.