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John Whitmer had served as a scribe for Joseph Smith but was hesitant when he was called to write the Church’s history, as it unfolded, on his own. “I would rather not do it,” he told Joseph Smith when first asked about the assignment, but he agreed to do his best if God really wanted him to. A revelation confirmed the assignment and promised him inspiration and help from the Comforter as he endeavored to write.


Brian Reeves, “The Book of John Whitmer: D&C 47, 69,” history.lds.org