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How do we account for the visions experienced by others, such as Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde’s vision of the infernal world?

Not only did Joseph Smith claim to have visions but other Latter-day Saints reported having them too such as Newel Knight’s vision of the Savior, and Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde’s 1837 Vision of the Infernal World. 

Christopher James Blythe reports:

Most Latter-day Saints who are familiar with this experience will know the latest account published in Orson F. Whitney’s Life of Heber C. Kimball in 1888. According to that account, on June 30, 1837, Apostles Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde were awakened when Isaac Russell charged into their room shouting, “I want you should get up and pray for me that I may be delivered from the evil spirits that are tormenting me to such a degree that I feel I cannot live long, unless I obtain relief.” The two laid their hands on his head to give him a blessing, when Heber C. Kimball himself was “struck with great force by some invisible power; and fell senseless on the floor.” Hyde and Willard Richards then laid their hands on Heber’s head, and he was revived enough to kneel for a prayer and then moved to the bed. It was then that both Kimball and Hyde began to witness that “a vision was opened to our minds, and we could distinctly see the evil spirits, who foamed and gnashed their teeth at us.” The experience was timed by Willard Richards, who noted that they were in vision for ninety minutes

Christopher James Blythe – Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde’s 1837 Vision of the Infernal World

Why would anyone fake a vision for ninety minutes?


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