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After writing down most of the Book of Mormon as Joseph Smith dictated it, Oliver Cowdery did most of the work of copying the text again by hand so as not to risk losing the only copy at the printing office. In the process, he became the first person to reread the Book of Mormon (and one of very few who have ever handwritten the bulk of the text twice). A November 6, 1829, letter to Joseph Smith shows how the book’s message affected his thinking and seeped into his language.


Letter from Oliver Cowdery, 6 November 1829,” josephsmithpapers.org