Baldwin noticed that each version had some aspects that were unique. One would mention one detail while another would focus on another detail. He decided to bring all the different versions together in a harmony -- similar to what many have done with the four New Testament Gospels.
He made two columns to help organize the information. One column had the common elements of the First Vision. Another column contained the unique elements. He created a single narrative of the First Vision from the different accounts and color-coded the words to keep track of the sources.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
MormonTimes.com reports on a student, Michael Baldwin, at Brigham Young University who has put together a paper harmonizing the several accounts of Joseph Smith's first vision. The report contains an excerpt from the harmonization and I recommend reading it. Here's the report explaining what that means: