Part 2 - Kirtland, Ohio & Early Missouri Period
Part 3 - Later Missouri Period
Part 4 - Nauvoo Period
Part 5 - Utah Period
In April 1829 Oliver Cowdery took over transcribing. He was one year younger than Joseph and was a schoolmaster who had been boarding with Smith’s parents. Oliver had heard about Joseph’s "golden bible" from Lucy Smith. Oliver was a better scribe than Martin, but he thought it was odd that Joseph translated with “Urim and Thummin” without ever looking at the plates. Oliver's friend, David Whitmer, visited and watched the translation. David said, "Joseph Smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around his face to exclude the light; and in the darkness the spiritual light would shine. A piece of something resembling parchment would appear, and on that appeared the writing. One character at a time would appear, and under it was the interpretation in English. Brother Joseph would read off the English to Oliver Cowdery who was his principal scribe, and then it was written down and repeated to Brother Joseph to see if it was correct. Then it would disappear, and another character with the interpretation would appear. Thus the Book of Mormon was translated by the gift and power of God, and not by any power of man." (If this was true, then there would be no mistakes in the Book of Mormon; remember that.)
After his trials in 1830 in New York for disorderly conduct, Smith went back to farming in Pennsylvania for a time. Money troubles beset the family, but Joseph had many revelations, especially for Emma. It was almost three months from the church founding before she joined. Joseph and Emma moved to Harmony, NY to live with the Whitmers. Emma's father was against the whole thing and Emma never saw him again.