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Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 8 April 1831

<Let[ter] 7> Kaw Township Jackson Co Missouri April 8— 1832 1831
My dearly beloved brethren & sisters in the Lord we received your[s]  dated March 1— on the 2 ult which was joyful news to our hearts for we had been long looking for letters from  you with the hope that the news that we should <rieceive> woud  give our friends who reside in this Land joy by confirming  them in the belief that we are men of truth and the Lord  God of hosts has not forsaken the earth but is in very deed  about to redeem his ancien[t] covenant people & lead  them with the fulness of the Gentiles to springs yea  fountains of living waters to his holy hill of Zion &  make them joyful in his house of prayer, For truly  our Brethren we are men greatly wondered at and  the Lord has given us some friends and also brethren  while we are strangers in a strange land for  yesterday we held a meeting and proclaimed the  word of the Lord, and one sister thank the Lord  obeyed the truth and at evening we held an other meeting when another sister obeyed also and  trust that the time is not far distant when more  will follow for truly when we were assambled at the  water while my natural feet stood upon an  exceding large rock which had been rent in  seams and fragments which was done when the  God of heaven bowed his head when it was  finished, I stood in spirit upon a rock that  was broader then the heavens and in full assurence  that the gospel was commited to me to proclaim  the lord gave his spirit and sinners were pricke[d]  in there hearts, I this day received heard from  the deleware Nation of Lamanites by the man  who is employed by government a smith for  that Nation he believes the truth and says he  tha[n]ks God he does believe and also says that he  shall shortly be baptized which I pray God  may be the case for truly my brethren he is a [p. [10]]
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In early April 1831, in Jackson County, Missouri, Oliver Cowdery wrote to church leaders and others in Kirtland, Ohio, reporting on the activities of the first missionary group sent to work among the American Indians on what was then the western border of the United States. After being delayed in their objective, Cowdery and his companions, Peter Whitmer Jr., Frederick G. Williams, and Ziba Peterson, sought employment locally while waiting for authorization to once more enter Indian territory. They had previously preached to the Delaware and Shawnee Indians, who had expressed interest in the Book of Mormon.
This communication was Cowdery’s second from Missouri to his Ohio associates. (See also Letter to Hyrum Smith, 3–4 March 1831.) Frederick G. Williams copied this letter into JS’s Letterbook 1 perhaps as early as January 1833.

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