Opening the Heavens: Accounts of Divine Manifestations, 1820=E2=80=931844
John W. Welch
Joseph Smith had only one request of the publisher of the Chicago
Democrat, to whom he directed his now-famous Wentworth Letter: "All
that I shall ask at his hands, is, that he publish the account entire,
ungarnished, and without misrepresentation." In accord with that
request, Opening the Heavens lets these foundational documents of key
events in LDS Church history speak for themselves. The relevant
passages are presented in their entirety, plainness, and veracity,
according to established standards of documentary editing.
Here are the historical documents for the key events of the
Restoration in which heavenly elements were powerfully evident: the
First Vision, the translation of the Book of Mormon, the restoration
of the priesthood, the opening of the heavens, the outpouring of keys
at the Kirtland Temple, and the mantle of Joseph Smith passing to
Brigham Young. Such events are the backbone of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The firsthand accounts contained in Opening the Heavens make it one of
the most persuasive and influential Church history books you may ever
read or own.