Talk:Oliver Cowdery

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Cowdery Received Revelation?[edit]

Can you fill me in on this fact that Cowdery received a revelation? Hawstom 06:40, 27 Dec 2003 (UTC)

The "Articles of the Church of Christ" was a revelation he received in 1829. The Articles were found in Church archives, and are in Cowdery's handwriting. Much of Cowdery's language was used in the "Articles and Covenants of the Church of Christ" ratified by the church in 1830. The text is at COGDEN 04:20, 30 Dec 2003 (UTC)

If I'm not mistaken, there were some BYU studies articles written about why this would be written in Oliver's handwriting, etc. Interesting to note that verse 37 in D&C 20 nearly caused Oliver to leave the church at the time and led to his leaving the church, and is also part of this referenced revelation, which causes many Mormon historians to question his true involvement in the receiving of the revlelation in his handwriting. Just a thought, not to take an opinion either way. I think that it is weird that it was included since historians cannot decide fact versus speculation. In my opinion, this is not a forum to hold debates and introduce unconfirmed material, it should be reserved for fact. In either case, Oliver and Hyrum were the only ones to jointly hold the (associate president) presidency with Joseph for the church, so it doesnt' really matter. Who knows. -Visorstuff 07:45, 31 Dec 2003 (UTC)

I would like to see that BYU Studies article (do you have a reference?), but it seems to be a stretch to conclude the revelation wasn't Cowdery's, given the full text of the Articles of the Church of Christ. For instance, near the end Cowdery writes, "Behold I am Oliver I am an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God the Father & the Lord Jesus Christ. Behold I have written the things which he hath commanded me for behold his word was unto me as a burning fire shut up in my bones & I was weary with forbearing & I could forbear no longer Amen." It's also signed "O.C." I don't think there is anything inconsistent with the idea that the revelation was Cowdery's; this was before Smith's Sept. 1830 revelation (D&C 28) saying that only Smith (and not Cowdery or Hiram Page) could receive commandments for the Church.

I'll see if I can dig up the reference wherever I found it. In any case the verse 37 similarities and controversies are suspect to most historians, since it was such an issue between the two. There is no doubt that Oliver played a prominent and often equal role to Joseph in many of the earlier things that took place within the Church. Oliver was promised by revelation that any revelation/translation and spritual gift that was given to Smith would be revealed or given to him as well. Very interesting article. Thanks. Visorstuff 18:23, 31 Dec 2003 (UTC)

I always understood the referenced section of D&C came from Cowdery. I didn't understand is was a revelation. I thought it was simply a declaration. Hawstom 22:09, 2 Jan 2004 (UTC)

NPOV Issues[edit]

When speaking of revelation, it isn't necessary to say purported. The world kind of assumes that, I gather. Hawstom 06:40, 27 Dec 2003 (UTC)