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First Visions and Last Sermons: Affirming Divine Sociality, Rejecting the Greater Apostasy
|Title||First Visions and Last Sermons: Affirming Divine Sociality, Rejecting the Greater Apostasy|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2020|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship|
|Keywords||Allegory of the Olive Tree; Dream; First Vision; Genesis (Book); Heavenly Mother; Lehi (Prophet); Revelation (Book); Smith, Joseph, Jr.; Vision|
There is a kinship between Lehi and Joseph Smith. They are linked to each other by similar first visions, and they faced roughly the same theological problem. Resisted by elites who believe God is a Solitary Sovereign, both prophets affirm the pluralistic religion of Abraham, which features a sôd ’ĕlôhim (Council of Gods) in which the divine Father, Mother, and Son sit. These prophets are likewise linked by their last sermons: Lehi’s parting sermon/blessings of his sons and Joseph’s King Follett discourse. Along with the first visions and last sermons, the article closely reads Lehi’s dream, Nephi’s experience of Lehi’s dream, and parts of the Allegory of the Olive Tree, John’s Revelation, and Genesis, all of which touch on the theology of the Sôd (Council).
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