Restoration of the Priesthood: A Second Witness

On May 16, 2014 by MMM
John the Baptist, Joseph Smith, and Oliver Cowdery (George Crocheron, 1889)

John the Baptist, Joseph Smith, and Oliver Cowdery (George Crocheron, 1889)

May 15 was the anniversary of the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood to the earth. If you stop and think about it, if you had to count the most important events in the history of the world on your fingers, you would only need one hand before you got to this one.

We are all familiar with Joseph Smith’s description of the events from the Doctrine & Covenants section 13. But you might not be as familiar with Oliver Cowdery’s many descriptions.

I found this fascinating article by Steven C. Harper, who was an associate professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University when this was published.(Thanks Bro. Harper!)

An excerpt of an Oliver Cowdery quote from the article:

“The angel of God came down clothed with glory, and delivered the anxiously looked for message, and the keys of the gospel of repentance!—What joy! what wonder! what amazement! . . . Our eyes beheld—our ears heard. As in the “blaze of day;” yes, more—above the glitter of the May Sun beam…Then his voice, though mild, pierced to the center, and his words, “I am thy fellow-servant,” dispelled every fear. We listened—we gazed—we admired! ’Twas the voice of the angel from glory—’twas a message from the Most High! . . . But, dear brother think, further think for a moment, what joy filled our hearts and with what surprise we must have bowed, . . . when we received under his hand the holy priesthood, as he said, “upon you my fellow servants, . . . I confer this priesthood and this authority.”

I recommend that you read the whole article, it is BonaFide. “Oliver Cowdery as Second Witness of Priesthood Restoration.”

Also, for a zoomed in version of the artwork at the top, click here.

Final note: If you haven’t ever stood on the banks of the Susquehanna River and contemplated the events that took place there – you are missing out.


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3 Responses to “Restoration of the Priesthood: A Second Witness”

  • Melissa C

    The priesthood restoration site is in my stake.The church is now undertaking the creation of a church historical site at the site with a visitor’s center and rebuilding the Hale home, etc. Previously there was an historical marker and a statue. As of a few weeks ago, our stake was asked to fast that permits that are being held up will be granted. Interestingly enough, doors have already been opened because of the work “Mormon Helping Hands” did with Hurricane Sandy 1 1/2 years ago and flooding the year before. I’d rather not lose my power for a week again! (But if that’s the only way for this work to go forward, then so be it.)

    • MMM

      I love that place. I was wondering what the hold up was – they announced it quite a while ago. Thanks for the info!

  • Rebecca Langford

    Thank you for this beautiful article. I love that you celebrate your sons 12th year with something so meaningful. I have stood in this beautiful place only once, but felt the spirit and soaked in the beauty.