“Above That of the Sun at Noon–day”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

Surely Joseph Smith found considerable consolation in this record he was translating. He too had sought the Lord in fervent prayer; he too had seen “a pillar of light” descend from heaven; he too both saw and heard much. As with Lehi, this experience was followed by others—he also was a visionary man. Of a subsequent experience shared with Sidney Rigdon, he testified of Christ, saying: “The Lord touched the eyes of our understandings and they were opened, and the glory of the Lord shone round about. And we beheld the glory of the Son, on the right hand of the Father, and received of his fulness.” (D&C 76:19-20.) Thus the visions of eternity were opened for Joseph Smith as they were for Lehi and some of the other great prophets of all ages.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1