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Letter VII from Messenger and Advocate, July 1835

Those who reject Letter VII cite no reasons other than their preference for a different location for the Hill Cumorah.

It is interesting to take a look at Oliver Cowdery’s participation in the Church to put Letter VII in context. When he wrote it, he was the Assistant President of the Church. He had been commanded by revelation to select materials to publish. All eight of Oliver’s letters about history are accepted by Church historians as important insights into the early events of the Church.

The only ones who object to any of Oliver’s writings are the Mesoamerican advocates who reject just a few paragraphs out of one of the eight letters.

Oliver published Letter VII in July 1835. In February 1835, he, as one of the Three Witnesses, had selected the first members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He gave them their aspostolic charge. In April 1836, he, along with Joseph Smith, was visited in the Kirtland temple by Moses, Elias, Elijah, and the Savior Himself. Oliver and Joseph were given the keys of the gathering of Israel and the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham.

Mesoamerican advocates expect you to believe that Oliver Cowdery could faithfully record the entire Book of Mormon, most of the Book of Moses, and much of Church history. Oliver could faithfully edit and publish two Church newspapers, the Book of Commandments, and the original Doctrine and Covenants. He could accurately write the statement for the Three Witnesses. Of all the writing he did, you’re supposed to believe he was faithful and accurate except for a few paragraphs in one letter, solely because those paragraphs contradict the opinions of the scholars.

Here is the chronology. Everything that is okay is marked green. The items the scholars object to is marked red.

Date
Event
1829 April
Transcribes Book of Mormon as Joseph dictates
1829 May
Receives Aaronic Priesthood from John the Baptist, baptizes Joseph and is baptized by him
1829 May
Receives Melchizedek Priesthood from Peter, James and John
1829 June
Sees the plates and angel as one of the Three Witnesses
1829 June
Completes Book of Mormon and makes a printer’s copy, supervises printing and publication
1830 April
Helps organize the Church as a Second Elder and apostle, ordains Joseph Smith as First Elder
1830 June
Transcribes Book of Moses 1:1 through 5:43
1830 Oct.
Leaves on mission to the Lamanites
1830 Nov.
Baptizes Sidney Rigdon
1831 Jan.
Arrives in Jackson County, Mo.
1831 Summer
Meets Joseph in Jackson County
1831 Nov.
Takes revelations from Ohio to Missouri for publication
1832
Helps Phelps with printing operation in Missouri
1832 Apr.
Approves Book of Commandments
1833 Nov.
Sets up printing press in Kirtland, reprints Evening and Morning Star
1833 Dec.
Begins editing Evening and Morning Star
1834 Feb.
Chosen as founding member of Kirtland Council
1834 May-Aug.
Leader in Kirtland after Zions Camp left
1834 Oct
Edits LDS Messenger and Advocate and Northern Times
1834 Oct
Publishes Letter I about Church history, part of which is in the current Pearl of Great Price
1834 Nov
Publishes Letter II about Church history
1834 Dec
Publishes Letter III about Church history
1834 Dec
Ordained by Joseph Smith as “Assistant President of the Church”
1835
Publishes Letter IV about Church history
1835 Feb
With David Whitmer and Martin Harris, selects first members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
1835 Feb
Gives apostolic charge to the Twelve Apostles
1835 Mar
Publishes Letter V about Church history
1835 Apr
Publishes Letter VI about Church history
1835 May
Resigns from Messenger and Advocate
1835 July
Publishes Letter VII about Church history
1835 Aug.
Gets Doctrine and Covenants approved for printing
1835 Oct.
Publishes Letter VIII about Church history
1836 Mar.
Resumes editing the Messenger and Advocate
1836 Apr.
Visited in Kirtland temple by Moses, Elias, Elijah, and Christ, receives the keys of the gathering of Israel and dispensation of gospel of Abraham
1836 July
Accompanies Joseph to Salem, MA
1837 Feb.
Turns over printing company to Joseph and Sidney
1838 July
“Excluded from fellowship” for accusations against Joseph
1848 Nov.
Rebaptized into the Church
1850 March
Dies in Richmond at home of David Whitmer

Source: Letter VII

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