Account of John, April 1829–C [D&C 7]

For he desiredst of me that he might bring souls unto  me but thou desiredst that thou mightest come unto me  in my kingdom I say unto thee Peter this was a good  desire but my beloved hath undertaken a greater work  Verily I say unto you ye shall both have according to  your desires for ye both Joy in that which ye desired [p. 14]
According to later published accounts, JS and Oliver Cowdery prayed about whether John the Beloved died or was translated (“tarried on the earth”). JS said they received the answer through the Urim and Thummim.
The earliest extant transcription of this text, recorded by John Whitmer, appears in Revelation Book 1, dated 1829. Cowdery later added the notation “April 1829” to the introductory heading.