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|Title||Vast Prairies and Trackless Wilds of Snow: A Good Test of Sincerity|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2021|
|Authors||Peterson, Daniel C.|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship|
|Keywords||Early Church History; Eight Witnesses; Mission to the Lamanites; Missionary Work; Native Americans; Oliver Cowdery; Three Witnesses|
Embarking roughly six months after the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the 1830–1831 “mission to the Lamanites” faced challenges that we pampered moderns can scarcely imagine. Oliver Cowdery, Peter Whitmer Jr., Parley P. Pratt, Ziba Peterson, and, eventually, Frederick G. Williams demonstrated beyond reasonable dispute the depth of their commitment to the Restoration and to the promises extended by the Book of Mormon to the surviving children of Lehi. Given that Cowdery and Whitmer were witnesses of the golden plates, this demonstration of their genuine belief seems significant.
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