Timing the Translation of the Book of Mormon: “Days [and Hours] Never to Be Forgotten”
We know many details about the timing of the translation of the Book of Mormon. We have firm evidence that Oliver Cowdery began working as Joseph Smith’s scribe on April 7, 1829, and that Joseph began dictating to Oliver at about Mosiah chapter 2. First in Harmony, Pennsylvania, and then at the home of Peter Whitmer in Fayette, New York, the translation progressed quickly and was likely finished by June 30, 1829. Understanding the pace of and events surrounding the translation of the Book of Mormon increases our appreciation for this inspired text.