Orson Pratt Quote
In the year 1823 the angel first came to him, telling him about the plates, also telling him that he would return one year afterwards, when he would give him further instruction. Why this delay? why not commit to his charge the plates at once? It was because of his want of experience. It is true, he had previously received a heavenly vision some four years before, in which he had seen the face of God, the Father.
Journal of Discourses 19:15 (May 20, 1877). - Joseph Smith Jr.'s First Vision