180 years ago today - Apr 1, 1842

In publishing the official version of the first vision, the Times and Seasons gives Joseph Smith's description of himself between the ages of fourteen and seventeen.... In a separate editorial, "Try the Spirits," Smith acknowledges that Mormonism is not the only contemporary church that claims to have apostles and visitation of angels: "The Irvingites have apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and angels."

[Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

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