We love and admire Joseph Smith, the first prophet of this dispensation.

We know that the heavens were opened to him, and in addition to God the Father and Jesus Christ, he was also visited by other heavenly messengers.

Elder George Q. Cannon said of Joseph Smith: “He was visited constantly by angels. “These various angels, the heads of dispensations, . . . ministered unto him. . . . He had vision after vision in order that his mind might be fully saturated with a knowledge of the things of God, and that he might comprehend the high and holy calling that God had bestowed upon him” (Journal of Discourses, 23:362).

If we peer into the annals of church history, we see early Church documents reveal that Joseph Smith’s visions and visits by heavenly messengers are many.

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Some of those heavenly messengers that visited Joseph personally and helped restore the truths of the gospel include:



Adam appeared to the Prophet in a vision recorded in D&C 137, as did Abraham along with Joseph’s brother, Alvin Smith.

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John Taylor taught that Joseph received visitations from numerous figures from the Bible, including Enoch, Isaac, and Jacob.


-Gabriel (aka Noah)


In D&C 128, the angels Raphael and Gabriel appeared to instruct the Prophet Joseph.




Moses, Elias, and Elijah appeared to Joseph and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple to restore their specific keys.

-John the Baptist





John the Baptist, Peter, James, and John all appeared to restore the Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods to Joseph.




Orson Pratt commented that Joseph often received visits from Nephi and Mormon, among other scriptural figures.

-Alma (perhaps, as well as other Book of Mormon prophets, according to George Q. Cannon—JD, 13:47)

-The three Nephites



Here is an interesting website I found that discusses the meaning behind angel names.