This section was significantly changed between the Book of Commandments and the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants.
Date Given: March 8, 1831
Location Given: Kirtland, Ohio
Date Canonized: August 17, 1835
A. Behold, it is expedient in me that my servant John should write and keep a regular history, and assist you, my servant Joseph, in transcribing all things which shall be given you, until he is called to further duties.
B. Again, verily I say unto you, that he can also lift up his voice in meetings, whenever it shall be expedient.
A. And again, I say unto you, that it shall be appointed unto him to keep the church record and history continually, for Oliver Cowdery I have appointed to another office.
B. Wherefore, it shall be given him, inasmuch as he is faithful, by the Comforter, to write these things. Even so. Amen.