Oliver Cowdery

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Oliver Cowdery (3 October 1806 – 3 March 1850) was a school teacher who transcribed the majority of the Book of Mormon while Joseph Smith translated the reformed Egyptian on the golden plates.[1] Cowdery was one of the Three Witnesses of the Book of Mormon's golden plates. [2] When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized on April 6, 1830, Oliver Cowdery was one of the original six members. Although Oliver spent ten years out of the Church, he returned to the Church in 1848 and died in full-fellowship in 1850. [3] He died at the home of David Whitmer in Richmond, Missouri, on March 3, 1850. [4]

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  1. Oliver Cowdery describes these events as follows: “These were days never to be forgotten—to sit under the sound of a voice dictated by the inspiration of heaven, awakened the utmost gratitude of this bosom! Day after day I continued, uninterrupted, to write from his mouth, as he translated with the Urim and Thummim, or, as the Nephites would have said, ‘Interpreters,’ the history or record called ‘The Book of Mormon.’" Joseph Smith - History Footnote
  2. The Testimony of Three Witnesses
  3. Oliver Cowdery Commemorative Events and Symposium, Mormon Historic Sites Foundation
  4. Ronald G. Watt, “‘Had You Stood in the Presence of Peter’: A Letter from Oliver Cowdery to Phineas Young, 1846,” Ensign, Feb. 1977, 78

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