"A World in Darkness" : Early Latter-day Saint Understanding of the Apostasy, 1830-34
Prete, Roy A.
Window of Faith : Latter-day Saint Perspectives on World History
Religious Studies Center, BYU
"Our first purpose will be to show that Joseph Smith's sense of an apostasy from the true Christian faith was ratified in the First Vision; furthermore, that this understanding changed and developed during the early years of his prophetic training. Our second objective will be to examine how the doctrine of the apostasy was understood and taught by both leaders and missionaries within the first four years of the organization of the Church of Christ in 1830." [From author's introduction]