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.
How Important was Oliver Cowdery in Bringing Forth the Book of Mormon? by Book of Mormon Central | Meridian Magazine - LDSmag.com | While most Latter-day Saints know certain things about Oliver Cowdery, few may fully realize just how important he was to the coming forth of the Book of Mormon.
Why Did Joseph and Oliver Seek Authority to Baptize? by Book of Mormon Central | Meridian Magazine - LDSmag.com | During the process of translating the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery “went into the woods to pray and inquire of the Lord respecting baptism for the remission of sins”. In response, the Lord sent John the Baptist to confer upon them the Aaronic Priesthood.
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.