A quote often attributed to St. Francis doesn't seem to have a credible source, but it's still a good saying, and others appear to have said similarly.
The traditional goal of proselytism is to convert people to an institution and its ways, but there is a deeper conversion that often gets overlooked and overshadowed that has nothing to do with institutions.
I suggest that details in the accounts show that Joseph Smith experienced theosis or divinization in the First Vision, realizing his Oneness in God, or Christ living in him.
We seem to often think that Jesus always knew perfectly that he was One in God, and that this realization never wavered his entire life. But did it?
The communal structure that humans evolved in is fragmenting, from large family groups, to small nuclear families, with damaging effects. We're losing mystical communion and thus community as well.
I have a chat with Glenn Ostlund about my journey from Mormonism to mysticism, and related mystical metaphysics and spirituality.
Religious history often depicts temples as sacred places where God is present and is known. But what kind of temple?
Joseph's experiences seem to parallel those he "translated" in the Book of Mormon, perhaps indicating a deeper spiritual-mystical allegory and myth.
I suggest that Joseph realized Christ in himself in his First Vision, and I think this can be seen in many details in his accounts.
A tradition of a "heavenly book" runs through many traditions, including Mormonism with its "gold plates." What spiritual reality might these traditions be pointing to?