Special Calling of William W. Phelps

Doctrine and Covenants 55:4

4 And again, you shall be ordained to assist my servant Oliver Cowdery to do the work of printing, and of selecting and writing books for schools in this church, that little children also may receive instruction before me as is pleasing unto me.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith and Janne M. Sjödahl wrote:

“William W. Phelps was familiar with the printing and publishing business, and his talent would be used for the furtherance of the kingdom of God.

“. . . It would be his calling to assist Oliver Cowdery in selecting and writing books suitable for the children, so that these might receive proper instruction.”

(The Doctrine and Covenants Commentary, rev. ed. [1951], 319.)