The first proselytizing mission is conceived and is to be directed toward native Americans. The PALMYRA REFLECTOR calls Oliver Cowdery "the apostle to the NEPHITES." Cowdery and others of the "Lamanite mission" leave New York Oct. 1830 and preach to the Catteragus tribe in New York, the Wyandot tribe in Ohio, the Shawnee tribe in Missouri, and the Delaware tribe in what is now Kansas. Instead of native Americans, the most prominent converts of this 1830-1831 mission are Sidney Rigdon, Frederick G. Williams, and Newel K. Whitney.
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