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TitleThe Conversion of Oliver Cowdery
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsMorris, Larry E.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
Pagination4-17, 81-83
KeywordsConversion; Cowdery, Oliver; Early Church History; Smith, Joseph, Jr.; Translation; Whitmer, David

Shortly after arriving in New York and beginning employment as a schoolteacher in 1828, Oliver Cowdery first learned about Joseph Smith and the gold plates through rumors and gossip. Through the sincere investigations of Oliver and his newfound friend, David Whitmer, and his time as a boarder with the Joseph Smith family in Palmyra, Oliver continued to learn about Joseph and the plates. He received a personal witness and traveled with Samuel Smith to visit Joseph in Harmony. Several events involving Martin Harris, David Whitmer, Joseph Knight Sr., and the Smith family all played a role in Oliver’s conversion, and on April 7, Joseph and Oliver began the translation of the Book of Mormon.