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Article of the Week

October 9, 2017
Article of the Week
James H. Hart's Contribution to Our Knowledge of Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer
Edward L. Hart

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by Edward L. Hart that was published in issue 36:4. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

Most Latter-day Saints take for granted the existence of portraits of the Three Witnesses, but in fact no likeness of Oliver Cowdery was available to the Church until 1883, and then it was touch-and-go whether one would be obtained. Had it not been for the faith and tenacity of James H. Hart, who pursued the portrait when others had failed, we might never have known just what Oliver Cowdery looked like. In the course of following the trail of the portrait, Hart was also able to conduct important interviews with David Whitmer.