The year 2020 will be one of the most exciting in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It marks 200 years since the First Vision. Last month, President Russell M. Nelson invited us to prepare for the April conference that will commemorate the bicentennial of the First Vision. This article contains links to resources that may be helpful as you prepare by learning more about the First Vision.


President Nelson counseled us to “immerse yourself in the glorious light of the Restoration.” And he gave us this promise: “As you do, general conference next April will be not only memorable; it will be unforgettable.”

Key Resources About the First Vision

“The greatest event and the most important accomplishment in the course of all human history is the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ and the eternal triumph that provided over physical and spiritual death for everyone who has lived, now lives, or ever will live upon the earth.

“The greatest event since that divine sacrifice and the next greatest accomplishment in making that Atonement fully efficacious in the great plan of salvation was the appearance of the Father and the Son to the boy prophet Joseph Smith in the New York springtime of 1820. Had we never had what we have come to call “the Restoration,” the great plan of salvation would have been forever thwarted, and the full blessings of the Atonement would not have reached most of God’s children, past, present, and future.” (“Testify of the Restoration,” Jeffrey R. Holland)


Other Resources

Resources for Youth

  • The First Vision: Doctrinal Mastery,” infographic with a basic outline of events and doctrine of the First Vision
  • James 1:5-6,” Line Upon Line section of the New Era, analysis of the verses that led Joseph Smith to pray in the Sacred Grove
  • Blessings of the Restoration,” Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, how Joseph Smith can help us develop our own testimonies of Christ, excerpt from his talk “The Fruits of the First Vision” from general conference April 2005

Resources for Children

Home Evening Ideas


Resources Created by Others

The First Vision: Bicentennial Celebration 2020 Calendar

Meridian_FirstVision_CalendarThis stunning Bicentennial Calendar (available in limited quantities) from Meridian Magazine celebrates The First Vision with gorgeous photographs each month. It features quotes from Joseph Smith that will fill your heart with wonder.

Joseph said: “I could explain a hundred fold more than I ever have of the glories of the kingdoms manifested to me in the vision, were I permitted, and were the people prepared to receive them.”



The calendar is a constant reminder all year of one of the most significant events in all of history—an event in the early spring of 1820 that would change the history of the entire world. This visit of Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son Jesus Christ to the boy Joseph Smith was the opening of the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times.

Purchase from Meridian Magazine. (Sponsored link)





Witness of the Light: A Photographic Journey in the Footsteps of the American Prophet Joseph Smith

Witness Of The Light is a beautiful photographic book that relives the history of the Restoration through the most accurate, illuminating photographs yet taken of Church history sites. This magnificent volume takes you through New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois in the footsteps of Joseph Smith. Through evocative photos and prose, it presents a clear and moving look at the remarkable life of an American prophet.

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