“Merely on the face of it, the 1832 [First Vision] version stands a better chance of being more accurate and unembellished than the 1838 account [official] which was intended as a public statement, streamlined for publication. When Joseph dictated his 1838 version…he was aware of what had been previously published by Oliver Cowdery and aware of his stature as the prophet of a new and important religious movement. It would be natural for him to have smoothed out the story, making it more logical and compelling than perhaps it first seemed in 1820.”
Marvin Hill/Mormon historian, Dialogue, A Journal of Mormon Thought, “The First Vision Controversy: A Critique and Reconciliation” (Salt Lake City, UT: Dialogue Magazine, Summer 1982, volume 15, no. 2), 39.