An Answer for Oliver

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“An Answer for Oliver,” For the Strength of Youth, Jan. 2021, 12–13.

Come, Follow Me

An Answer for Oliver

Youth Magazine, Global 2021/01 Jan

Oliver Cowdery came to stay at Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith’s home while he taught school near their farm.

Oliver heard about their son Joseph and the gold plates. He wanted to know more.

Oliver was fascinated to learn how God gave Joseph the power to translate the gold plates.

I want to help with the translation.

Once school is over, I will go and help Joseph.

You should pray and ask the Lord if that is right for you.

That night Oliver prayed and asked the Lord what he should do.

Oliver felt peace when he prayed about helping Joseph translate.

Soon Oliver set out to meet Joseph Smith. He travelled with Joseph’s brother Samuel.

Joseph, I’m here to help. I can be your scribe.

Thank you. I am grateful for your help.

Joseph and Oliver start translating. This experience thrilled Oliver, but he still had questions.

One day, Joseph received a revelation for Oliver reminding him of the answer to his prayer.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things.

“Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?”1

I prayed to know if I should come and help you, and I felt peace. No one could have known about this except God.

Oliver knew for sure that the work was true. He and Joseph finished the translation that became the Book of Mormon.