Sunday, May 19, 2013
Oliver Cowdery, Second Elder of the Church
Born October 3, 1806 in Wells, Vermont.
Died March 3, 1850 in Richmond, Missouri.
(lived to be 43 years old)
Known as the Church's "Second Elder", Oliver Cowdery was Assistant President of the Church from it's founding in 1830 until 1834, and was present during the restoration of the priesthood.
He was Joseph Smith's scribe during the translation of the Book of Mormon as well as being one of the "Three Witnesses" to the of the book.
Although excommunicated from the church due to disagreements with the Prophet he was later re-baptized and never waivered when questioned about the Book of Mormon.
Shortly before Oliver died of a respiratory illness, he was visited by Jacob Gates, an early Mormon leader in the church, who asked about his witness of the Book of Mormon. Oliver said,
"Jacob, I want you to remember what I say to you. I am a dying man, and what would it profit me to tell you a lie? I know that this Book of Mormon was translated by the gift and power of God. My eyes saw, my ears heard, and my understanding was touched, and I know that whereof I testified is true. It was no dream, no vain imagination of the mind, it was real".