Now, that way that memory works might be one of the explanations for why there are different accounts of Joseph Smith. First vision. Joseph Smith gives several accounts within his own lifetime, and every one of them tells a consistent story that he prayed and received a revelation from God. But they do have slightly different details. So let’s take a minute and talk a little bit about the first vision and how it was recorded and written down by Joseph Smith. The earliest account of the first vision was written in eighteen thirty to the eighteen thirty two account of the first vision is the most unique account produced by Joseph Smith within his own lifetime.