ADAM: Adam saw and spoke and walked with
God in the Garen of Eden while yet in a
state of immortality. As to all that changed
after the fall and as to Adam's experience
and remembrance I do not know. But it would
seem that in his mortal condition, Adam did
not see the image of God, though certainly
he did hear his voice and still exercised
his faith in the Lord.
With Adams living so many hundreds of years, it would be hard not to suppose that Adam would not have had various revelations and understandings given to him concerning the matters of the Pland of God. And certainly Adam did prophesy of his postarity and their future on earth. Therein I would suppose that Adam had a vision of understanding such things given to him.
ENOCH: It would seem that Enoch did
see and was visited by our God of
Spirit, Jehovah-Jesus, but his
circumstance my be that he was
no longer bound or his in a purely
mortal state. Many of the writings
of Enoch are today available in the
Pearl of Great Price in the book
NOAH: Noah was the thankless
prophet of God who did teach and
warn the people of Jesus Christ
and what fates awaited them if
they would not conform to the
gospel. I would consider that
Noah was supported by God and
that understanding that God gives
to his prophet leaders and men
of such stature and standing
as Noah held. I believe that
he was given to see the furture
of his posterity and just what
he was achieving by building
the ark and preserving mankind
in the world by doing so.
A Particular Central Primary Receiver of the 'Vision of All'
By the Lord's own words, Mahonri Moriancumr was the first man [presumably in mortality] to have seem the Lord's actual body. Though it was the Lord's spirit body, Mahonri saw that it was in the same shape and form as the temporal tabernacle created as the body's mortal habitation. That is, man was literally made in the image of God, 'head, shoulders, knees and toes—eyes, ears, mouth, and nose' etc. Mahonri's faith made it possible and he could no longer be kept in the veil of forgetfullness. And the Lord showed to him the 'Vision of All Things.' And the Lord instructed him to write the whole of the vision down for to be revealed by the Lord at particularly appropriate times. It is contained as the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon plates which Joseph Smith was not allowed to translate for pulication. Whether Joseph Smith himself was given read that record for his personal information is not known. Certainly Joseph Smith in the company of Sydney Rigdon did see in vision 'guided' portions of that vision known in the Church simply as "The Vision" and that recorded portion that Joseph was given to write is in the Doctrine and Covenants Section 76.
MAHONRI MORIANCUMR: Mahonri Moriancumr was
give the particular assignment of seeing
and writing the whole of the vision of all
things. Though other prophets have also seen
and written from it as stated by Nephi, it
is currently understood only that Mahonri
was so allowed and instructed to write to
|MELCHIZEDEK: Not much is spoken of Melchizedek. We don't even know for sure if he was the same as Shem or not. What we do know is that he and his people did prevail in the Lord to that same extent that Enoch and his people did. He also held in position one of the names of God in his positional name of Melchizedek and he was a priest after the order of the Son of God, with Melchizedek being the honored name of that higher priesthood today.|
ABRAHAM-JACOB-JOSEPH: Abraham did converse
with the Lord as evidenced by the book of
Abraham in the Pearl of Great Price. And he
was given to see much which would have been
a part of the Vision of All. Jacob and Joseph
also were of this blessed line and they
as well had visions and visitations of the
Lord as recorded in the scriptures, be it
the Bible, the JST or the Book of Mormon and
etcetera. Joseph himself was given many promises
by the Lord including the understanding of
Joseph Smith being the fulfilling prophet of
the latter-days. And to that end it might
be considered with all of Joseph dreams and
prophecies, he do had a knowldge of and/or
from the Vision of All.
As for Jacob he wrestled with God and prevailed and was names as Israel with all of that related significance. He also saw in vision such things beyond this world as the 'stairway that led to heaven'. I cannot say that Jacob did not have his own experiences with the vision of all.
|MOSES: The LORD gave Moses to see the Creation of the earth and its heavens as pertained unto it.||Moses saw and witnessed the pattern of creation as applied to the worlds which God has created, particularly this earth.|
ISAIAH: Isaiah received the
vision of all things as pertained
to his ministry and prophesyings.
Though he does not give the particulars
of how the vision was revealed unto him
he references that it was a vision on
a number of occations. Isaiah knows
of the 'vision of all' and even reports
upon the matter in his writings, he having
seen it in his vision.
|Nephi reports that Isaiah had seen the Lord even as he, Nephi, had seen him. This is a reference to the fact that Isaiah and Nephi had the 'same' visionary experience.|
ETHER: I place Ether as having lived
after the time and day of Isaiah, as
he was the last Jaredite prophet and
the writer and compiler of the Jaredite
record. As such he would have access to
Mahonri's Vision of All. And Ether by
his own words speaks of being envolved
with seeing visions as they did happen.
While held up in a remote cave far from
many of the battles of the Jaredites,
Ether was given in 'night visions'
the seeing of the events of the last
days of the Jaredite strugle. As
perhaps a delayed instant replay of
the live events, Ether would see them
and record their events into his
scriptural record. That sounds like
an experience with the 'Vision of All'
JEREMIAH: Whether Jeremiah's
prophecies stemmed from seeing
particular portions of the vision
of all or were just piece mill
singularly delivered messages could
be speculated upon. I'd say the
vehicle of 'the vision' was used
and Jeremiah was directed to prophesy
and write significant 'snippets'
which currently were applicable.
EZEKIEL: Ezekiel's experience
with the visionary process seem
somewhat unique in one asspect that
much of what he saw was contemporary
with his time, though much else was
not also. Certainly chapter 37 die
proceed on into the future of the
gathering of Israel and the writing
of it in terms of the stick of Judah
and the stick of Ephraim/Joseph had
elements of past, present and furture
LEHI: Lehi's representative dream/vision
of the 'Tree of Life', that tree of life
being the central figure of God's Plan of
Exaltation; that is Lehi's dream is Lehi's
seeing of the 'vision of all'. Nephi's
abridged summary of Lehi's dream as being
only in relationship to the tree of life
is but a particle central themed part of
Lehi's vision. Like Nephi, Lehi saw much
more, and he wrote about it and he spoke
about it to his family. Nephi only gives
a very small part of what Lehi saw in
terms of Lehi seeing it.
|In Lehi's dream as reported by Nephi, Lehi sees the world as a vast field of which Nephi reports many things concerning it including the central figure of 'the tree of life'. That Tree of Life is central to God's plan of salvation. It was planted in the midst of the Garden of Eden. It was the source of eternal life. Symbolic in much things it represents, the tree of life also seeming to have been a real 'tree', figurative in many things as it may well be.|
NEPHI: Nephi, having heard his father Lehi
speak and report on his dream and his
understanding and prophesies there from,
also had the great desire to seen the
whole of it also. And Nephi prayed unto
the Lord, and the lord did show it and
unlock it unto Nephi.
Much of Nephi's most precious things he does write in his books are those things which he has seen and learned from his experience with the 'Vision of All' presented by him as the 'Vision of the Tree of Life.' But certainly the things which Nephi writes, including that he did see even that which John did see. Nephi was specifically forbidden not to write that portion of his vision as it was to be assigned to John to write it.
|Nephi's affinity for the prophet Isaiah, to have engraven a third part of Isaiah's writing from the plates of brass into his Book of Mormon record. Nephi found Isaiah's writings pure and simple to understand. And now wonder, so to speak, 'Nephi had seen the same Movie/Vision from which Isaiah was writing and phrophesying.|
DANIEL: Daniel was a visionary man
and an interpreter of dreams. Much
of the prophecies of Daniel seem
to have come directly from the
content of the vision of all. How
else could Daniel have so
prophecied as he has done?
ZECHARIAH: It is apparent that
Zechariah saw the Vision of All
and was personally 'guided' through
some particular parts of it which
are also reflected from John's
perspective of such in the book
One of the more particular items which
Zechariah was given to write from the
Vision of All was that very event of
the 'Council of Determination and
Proclamation between Jehovah or Lord
and Lucifer as Satan who stood to
accuse him. That is found in Zechariah
While the first chapters of Zechariah are written from the perspective of having received particular 'guided tours' of portions of the vision as distinct units, much of the rest of the writings of Zechariah could only have come from that vision as he reports various event prophecies concerning the life of Christ to come. Like Nephi who also begins his exposure to the vision as a series of 'guided asspects', Nephi like Zechariah will continue to write from the vision without such 'guided details' of such. Perhaps Nephi and Zechariah had grasped the ability to see in the vision without having to be so guided to it in all such things?
MOSIAH: As the prophet and seer who
was given to translate the Vision of
All as written by Mahonri Moriancumr,
I must believe that Mosiah had a
great understanding of the Vision of
All. And I cannot place it beyond
him to have not also seen that vision
as well as having translated it as well.
MORONI: Moroni stand beside Mosiah, as
he also 'translated' and/or engraved the
vision of all into the Book of Mormon
plates, which engraved work is that
sealed portin of the Book of Mormon.
For the same reasons as Mosiah, I give
Moroni the attribute of having seen
the vision of all, how else would he
have said he has seen us and seen
JOHN: The apostle John was given
to see the vision of all and his
assigned portion of it to write
is in the book of Revelation.
John's portion of the vision he
was assigned to write dealt from
the perspective of the latter
days. And though it parallel's
some of Zechariah's writings
Zecahriah writes of his vision(s),
if one takes to studying the
two accounts, many distinct
diferences are also to be noted.
It is partly likely to the
two separated perspectives of
the men and what they were
given to write.
JOSEPH SMITH: Joseph Smith participated in many
of the real time events contained in the vision
of all. And certainly he had many visitations
and visions of things from Zelph to 'The Vision'.
It is in that experience of 'The Vision' that
it is revealed that Joseph Smith did see such
content as was a part of the vision of all.
In that vision much was seen and little was
SYDNEY RIGDON: Sydney saw the vision with Joseph as a second witness that it was being received for it was only open to the two of them. Joseph seemed to take the lead in that visionary experience pointing out things to Sydney even though Sydney would respond by also pointing out things to Joseph.
Joseph commented that Sydney was not as use to it as was Joseph could well be seen as evidence that Joseph's experience with such visionary access had not been limited to just that one day's events. Certainly Joseph held in his hands and used the very instrument of visionary sorce, the Urium and Thummin.