We know that when it comes to ecclesiastical affairs that the General authorities discuss the issue until all are on the same page. Being human and coming from different backgrounds, this may not be true for secular affairs. What couldn’t Apostle Orson F. Whitney and Quorum of the Seventy member, B.H. Roberts, not agree on?
a. BYU/Utah football
b. The right of women to vote
c. Which was better, Fords or Chevrolets
d. Utah statehood
(D) The number of years between the first and second manifestations
There was an interval of more than three years between the first vision of Joseph Smith and a second manifestation in the same kind. Three years! That is a long interval in such matters. Had Joseph Smith been a mere enthusiast, self-deceived, and his vision subjectively induced, would he have waited so long before another manifestation was secured? The length of time between his visions strongly argues for the reality of the first one. Had it not been real he would not have waited three years for the fulfillment of the promise made by the Divine Personages of his first vision, viz., that “the fullness of the gospel would at some future time be made known to him.”
B. H. Roberts, A Comprehensive History of the Church (Brigham Young University Press: Provo, Utah, 1965), Vol. 1, 69.