“The Cowdery Conundrum: Oliver’s Aborted Attempt to Describe Joseph Smith’s First Vision in 1834 and 1835″


Oliver Cowdery

Is it Friday?


Yes, it is.


And, therefore, there’s a new article up in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:




Someday, we’ll miss a week.  It’s virtually inevitable.  And it’s virtually inevitable that, when and if we do, certain critics will greet the lapse enthusiastically, as a harbinger of The Interpreter Foundation’s impending doom.


But not this week.  And not next week, either.  And not for the past seventy-plus.


So now, after months of confident predictions that we would fail, the new back-up claim is that we’ve sacrificed quality for quantity.  (Eh?  What’s that?  You seriously expected that these hyenas leopards folks were going to change their spots tune and acknowledge that, even if you disagree with its purpose and positions, the rapid establishment, rise, and expansion of The Interpreter Foundation have been pretty impressive?)


P.S. — For background on the colorized daguerrotype above, see here.



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  • CaliBornUtahnByChoice

    Dan… I don’t know why you’re so obsessed with your critics. Why do you keep calling attention to them and giving them print space. Just do your thing, do it well and let them go. Your friend, Mark

    • DanielPeterson

      I’m not obsessed with them. I find them irritating, sometimes. But, mostly, I find them amusing.

      Your sense of humor apparently varies. But I’m stuck with mine.

      • Elizabeth Scott

        I have said all along that the Interpreter is the new FARMS. :) I am glad that you are making this dream come to pass.

        Good work, Dan!

        • DanielPeterson

          Thanks, Liz.

          Yes, it’s been fun. And it’s going pretty well. With more to come.

  • Doug Ealy

    I have never seen that colorized daguerrotype of Oliver Cowdery. It is truly amazing. Perhaps someday they’ll be able do this for Joseph Smith.

    • Ray Agostini

      BYU Studies published a Joseph Smith daguerreotype many years ago. I’m unable to locate that particular edition, but do remember seeing it. If I recall correctly, it was based on this daguerreotype, which has been disputed:


      It’s still referred to as a “purported” daguerreotype of Joseph Smith.