Great religions have remote areas and small events as their starting points. These new beginnings become meaningful for future believers. It is at these times that God reveals His intentions for the future.
Who can measure the meaning for the day when the angel of the Lord appeared to Moses on Mount Sinai "in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed"?
Who can fully understand the significance of the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem in the upper room when in AD 33 the day had fully come, when the Saints received the Gift of the Holy Ghost, when they spake in tongues, and when they organized themselves as the Church of Christ?
Who is fully able to appreciate the meaning of the appearance of the Angel Gabriel to Muhammad in a cave called Hira, located on the mountain Jabal an-Nourto near Mecca on the 17th of Ramadan at night, Friday, August 6th, AD 610?
It is indeed a rare event in history when a new religion is born and after 200 years there are faithful followers who are defending and spreading the religion to other parts of the world.
The First Vision is essential for an understanding of the only world religion that had its beginnings in America. During the last 200 years more than a million missionaries have visited more than 150 countries to declare that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared in the early spring of 1820 to a 14-year-old farm boy in upstate New York. In this Vision God opened the Last Dispensation to prepare the world for the coming of Christ.
A million missionaries for 200 years have recited the story of the First Vision to strangers who are on streets, in market places and in homes. The telling of the story many times a day becomes an important part of how the missionaries schedule their time. It is easy to estimate that the missionaries have told the Story of the First Vision as many as 600 million times in cities, towns and villages around the world. The missionaries in hundreds of languages and dialects proclaimed that God in our day has called a new prophet.
Now it is possible to add to this story that the date was
Sunday, March 26th, 1820.
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