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Covenant of Oliver Cowdery and Others, 17 October 1830

Manchester, Oct. 17, 1830.
I, Oliver [Cowdery], being commanded of the Lord God, to go  forth unto the Lamanites, to proclaim glad tidings of  great joy unto them, by presenting unto them the ful ness of the Gospel, of the only begotten son of God;  and also, to rear up a pillar as a witness where the  Temple of God shall be built, in the glorious New-Je rusalem; and having certain brothers with me, who  are called of God to assist me, whose names are Par ley [P. Pratt], Peter [Whitmer Jr.] and Ziba [Peterson], do therefore most solemnly cov enant before God, that I will walk humbly before  him, and do this business, and this glorious work ac cording as he shall direct me by the Holy Ghost; ev er praying for mine and their prosperity, and deliver ance from bonds, and from imprisonments, and what soever may befal us, with all patience and faith.—  Amen.
We, the undersigned, being called and commanded  of the Lord God, to accompany our Brother Oliver  Cowdery, to go to the Lamanites, and to assist in the  above mentioned glorious work and business. We  do, therefore, most solemnly covenant before God, that  we will assist him faithfully in this thing, by giving  heed unto all his words and advice, which is, or shall  be given him by the spirit of truth, ever praying with  all prayer and supplication, for our and his prosperi ty, and our deliverance from bonds, and imprison ments, and whatsoever may come upon us, with all  patience and faith.— Amen.
Signed in presence of
JOSEPH SMITH, Jun.
Oliver Cowdery, Parley P. Pratt, Peter Whitmer Jr., and Ziba Peterson were called by revelation as missionaries to go west and preach to the American Indians (Revelation, September 1830–B [D&C 28]; Revelation, October 1830–A [D&C 32]). Before the four missionaries departed, they affirmed a commitment to honorably fulfill their assignment by signing a covenant that was witnessed by JS and David Whitmer.
This two-part text is drawn from a published version printed in the 8 December 1831 edition of the Ravenna Ohio Star. It also appeared in the 20 December 1831 edition of Ohio’s Painesville Telegraph.

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