HISTORICAL REPORT ON APRIL-JUNE 1829 COMPLETED
The February 1976 issues of Insights gave a short report on the question of how long it took Joseph Smith to translate the Book of Mormon as we have it today. That work began in earnest on April 7, 1829, and was completed by the end of June. A lengthy report may now be ordered chronicling, day by day, a documented history of this intense period of activity. "It is quite staggering," remarks Jack Welch, "when you realize all that was going on in those few days. Besides sustaining the exhaustive task of continual translation, Joseph and Oliver were also out looking for odd jobs to earn money for food and supplies, they made at least one trip to Coleville, moved from Harmony to Fayette, proselyted regularly, restored the preisthood, baptized, entertained visitors, were with the Three and Eight Witnesses, and received over a dozen other revelations, among other things." This new report, complete with copies of the relevant primary historical sources, also discusses the order in which the Book of Mormon texts were translated.