Oliver H. P. Cowdery (October 3, 1806 – March 3, 1850) was, with Joseph Smith, Jr., an important participant in the formative period of the Latter Day Saint movement between 1829 and 1836. He became one of the Three Witnesses of the Book of Mormon's golden plates, one of the first Latter Day Saint apostles, and the Second Elder of the church.
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On 8 April 1831 Oliver Cowdery wrote to church leaders in Kirtland, Ohio, concerning the activities of the missionaries sent to the American Indians on the then-western border of the United States. After being delayed, Cowdery and his companions sought local employment while awaiting authorization to re-enter Indian territory. This communication was Cowdery’s second from Missouri to his Ohio associates. Frederick G. Williams copied this letter into Letterbook 1 as early as January 1833.
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In November 1831, Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer left Ohio with manuscript copies of the revelations that would constitute the Book of Commandments. Three weeks after their arrival in Missouri, a conference was held in Kaw Township. As conference clerk, Cowdery took minutes, which he conveyed by letter to Joseph Smith shortly thereafter.
Oliver Cowdery said that he and Smith had received the Aaronic Priesthood from John the Baptist after which they had baptized each other in the Susquehanna River. Cowdery said that he and Smith had later gone into the forest and prayed "until a glorious light encircled us, and as we arose on account of the light, three persons stood before us dressed in white, their faces beaming with glory." One announced that he was the Apostle Peter and named the others as the Apostles James and John