Lesson 5: Joseph Smith Saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ


The purpose of Primary 3 Lesson 5: The First Vision is to help everyone know that Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Teaching Thoughts

  • Jumbo size your lesson with these handouts from Latter-day Chatter
  • I always recommend reading the First Vision directly from the scriptures. It brings the Spirit into the room a way nothing else can. 
  • This packet about the First Vision from The Red Headed Hostess contains 7 learning activities and helps. She also now has a combo packet to help you save time and money.
  • Spend time discussing how we can each find a special place to pray like Joseph Smith did.

The following are links to LDS.org resources unless otherwise stated.

Teacher Study

"The Magnificent Vision Near Palmyra" by President James E.  Faust

"The Fruits of the First Vision" by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf


"Joseph Smith's First Prayer"- Hymn #26

"The Sacred Grove"- Children's Songbook pg. 87

"An Angel Came to Joseph Smith"- Children's Songbook pg. 86

"On a Golden Springtime"- Children's Songbook pg. 88

"The Golden Plates"- Children's Songbook pg. 86

"This is My Beloved Son"- Children's Songbook pg. 76


A Seer Will I Raise Up (about 5 minutes)- Joseph Smith is prepared to bring about the restoration

Joseph Smith's First Vision- Illustrated scripture story

Seeker of Truth (about 2 minutes)- Describes Joseph's search for truth

Special Witness- Elder Christofferson (about 6 minutes)- Testifies of Joseph Smith's First Vision

The Restoration (about 20 minutes)- The First Vision

Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ Appeared to Joseph Smith (about 6 minutes)- Elder Christofferson testifies of Joseph Smith


My Primary 3 Lesson 5 handout packet includes

  • James 1:5 poster in two sizes 
  • Finish the drawing sheet- I put trees on the sheet, have your class finish the scene to coordinate with Enrichment Activity #1
  • Prayer worksheets to go with Enrichment Activity #2- Depending on the age you can write or draw your answers here. 

Activity Ideas

Joseph Smith- Prophet of the Restoration- Make a shoe box scene of the First Vision

Joseph Smith Finger Scenes- Finger puppets to tell the story

The Life of Joseph Smith- Map out the events in Joseph Smith's life

Joseph Smith- Poster or use this one

Partial Pictures- Figure out the scenes of these partial pictures with these scriptures 

Jesus Christ Restored the Fulness of the Gospel through Joseph Smith- Make a spin wheel of the First Vision

Joseph Smith's First Vision- Color pictures to go with the story and make a movable character and scene

The First Vision- (older classes) Quiz with scriptures to find the answers

This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!- Put together this church with scenes from the first vision


Joseph Smith Saw and Testified of Jesus Christ

Prophet Joseph Smith

My Faith in Jesus Christ Grows When I Learn about the Restoration of the Gospel


Joseph Smith's Operation

Joseph Smith's First Vision

Joseph Smith Receives the Gold Plates

Joseph Smith Protects the Gold Plates

Joseph Smith Lives in Ohio

Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail

Joseph Smith Marries Emma Hale

The Book of Mormon, a Gift from Heavenly Father