Joseph Smith claimed that when he was 14 years old he went into the woods to pray, and both the Father and Son appeared to him. According to the Bible, this is impossible.
- Exodus 33:20 says, “And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.”
- John 1:18 says, “No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
- 1 Timothy 6:16 says, referring to the Father, “Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.”
Many people have seen God when they see Jesus (such as Genesis 18 and Isaiah 6), but the above verses refer to the Father. Jesus made that clear in John 6:46 when He said, “Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.”
So we’re left to decide whether the Bible is wrong or whether Joseph Smith is wrong. I’m going to stick with the Bible, and say Joseph Smith was either lying or terribly confused. If a prophet contradicts previous revelation, we know we should disregard him.