Oliver was truthful about everything except...
|Letter VII from Messenger and Advocate, July 1835|
Consider Oliver Cowdery's participation in the Church to put Letter VII in context. When he wrote it, he was the Assistant President of the Church--senior in authority to the First and Second Counselors.
Those who reject Oliver's writings about Cumorah are M2C advocates and the historians who accommodate their theory that the "real" Cumorah is somewhere in southern Mexico.
Oliver published Letter VII in July 1835. Previously, in February 1835, he, as one of the Three Witnesses, had selected the first members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He gave them their apostolic charge.
M2C advocates expect you to believe that Oliver Cowdery could faithfully record the entire Book of Mormon, much of the Book of Moses, and much of Church history. Oliver could faithfully edit and publish two Church newspapers, the Book of Commandments, and the original Doctrine and Covenants. He could accurately write the statement for the Three Witnesses.
Here is the chronology. Everything that is okay is marked green. The items the scholars object to is marked red.
Transcribes Joseph's dictation of his translation of the abridged plates
Receives Aaronic Priesthood from John the Baptist, baptizes Joseph and is baptized by him
Receives Melchizedek Priesthood from Peter, James and John
On the road to Fayette, meets the messenger who was taking the abridged plates from Harmony to Cumorah
In Fayette, transcribes the plates of Nephi
Sees the plates and angel as one of the Three Witnesses
Completes Book of Mormon and makes a printer’s copy, supervises printing and publication
Helps organize the Church as a Second Elder and apostle, ordains Joseph Smith as First Elder
Transcribes Book of Moses 1:1 through 5:43
Leaves on mission to the Lamanites
Baptizes Sidney Rigdon
Arrives in Jackson County, Mo.
Meets Joseph in Jackson County
Takes revelations from Ohio to Missouri for publication
Helps Phelps with printing operation in Missouri
Approves Book of Commandments
Sets up printing press in Kirtland, reprints Evening and Morning Star
Begins editing Evening and Morning Star
Chosen as founding member of Kirtland Council
Leader in Kirtland after Zions Camp left
Edits LDS Messenger and Advocate and Northern Times
Publishes Letter I about Church history, part of which is in the current Pearl of Great Price
[Note: some LDS scholars reject what Oliver wrote about the translation with the Urim and Thummim]
Publishes Letter II about Church history
Publishes Letter III about Church history
Ordained by Joseph Smith as “Assistant President of the Church”
Publishes Letter IV about Church history
With David Whitmer and Martin Harris, selects first members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Gives apostolic charge to the Twelve Apostles
Publishes Letter V about Church history
Publishes Letter VI about Church history
Resigns from Messenger and Advocate
Publishes Letter VII about Church history, including the fact that the New York Cumorah is the Cumorah of Mormon 6:6 and the Ramah of Ether 15:11.
Gets Doctrine and Covenants approved for printing
Publishes Letter VIII about Church history, including a detailed description of the stone box on Cumorah
Resumes editing the Messenger and Advocate
Visited in Kirtland temple by Moses, Elias, Elijah, and Christ, receives the keys of the gathering of Israel and dispensation of gospel of Abraham
Accompanies Joseph to Salem, MA
Turns over printing company to Joseph and Sidney
“Excluded from fellowship” for accusations against Joseph
Rebaptized into the Church, reiterating his testimony that Joseph translated the plates with the Urim and Thummim and that neither Sidney Rigdon nor Solomon Spalding wrote the book
Dies in Richmond at home of David Whitmer