"A History of All the Important Things" (D&C 69 :3) : John Whitmer's Record of Church History
Harper, Steven C.,Turley, Richard E., Jr.
Preserving the History of the Latter-day Saints
Religious Studies Center, BYU and Deseret Book
Esplin discusses Whitmer's brief tenure as church historian, the record he kept, attempts by the Church to acquire his record after his excommunication, and its eventual acquisition and publication by the Reorganized Church. He discusses the manuscript's increased accessability and the somewhat fading negative connotations with which it has been treated as well as its contributions to church history.