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Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

in their own standing, under the direction of the presidency, in administering spiritual things, and also in the office of an elder, priest, (of the Levitical order,) teacher, deacon and member.
7 An elder has a right to officiate in his stead when the high priest is not present.
7 The high priest, and elder, are to administer in spiritual things, agreeably to the covenants and commandments of the church; and they have a right to officiate in all these offices of the church when there are no higher authorities present.
8 The second priesthood is called the priesthood of Aaron, because it was conferred upon Aaron and his seed, throughout all their generations. Why it is called the lesser priesthood, is because it is an appendage to the greater, or the Melchisedek priesthood, and has power in administering outward ordinances. The bishopric is the presidency of this priesthood and holds the keys, or authority of the same. No man has a legal right to this office, to hold the keys of this priesthood, except he be a literal descendant of Aaron. But as a high priest, of the Melchisedek priesthood, has authority to officiate in all the lesser offices, he may officiate in the office of bishop when no literal descendant of Aaron can be found; provided he is called and set apart and ordained unto this power by the hands of the presidency of the Melchisedek priesthood.
9 The power and authority of the higher or Melchisedek priesthood, is to hold the keys of [p. 101]
in their own standing, under the direction of  the presidency, in administering spiritual  things, and also in the office of an elder, priest,  (of the Levitical order,) teacher, deacon and  member.
7 An elder has a right to officiate in his  stead when the high priest is not present.
7 The high priest, and elder, are to admin ister in spiritual things, agreeably to the cove nants and commandments of the church; and  they have a right to officiate in all these offices  of the church when there are no higher au thorities present.
8 The second priesthood is called the priest hood of Aaron, because it was conferred upon  Aaron and his seed, throughout all their gene rations. Why it is called the lesser priest hood, is because it is an appendage to the great er, or the Melchisedek priesthood, and has  power in administering outward ordinances.  The bishopric is the presidency of this priest hood and holds the keys, or authority of the  same. No man has a legal right to this office,  to hold the keys of this priesthood, except he  be a literal descendant of Aaron. But as a  high priest, of the Melchisedek priesthood,  has authority to officiate in all the lesser offi ces, he may officiate in the office of bishop  when no literal descendant of Aaron can be  found; provided he is called and set apart and  ordained unto this power by the hands of the  presidency of the Melchisedek priesthood.
9 The power and authority of the higher or  Melchisedek priesthood, is to hold the keys of [p. 101]
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The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Carefully Selected from the Revelations of God. By Joseph Smith, President of Said Church. 2nd ed. Nauvoo, IL: John Taylor, 1844; 3–448; includes typeset signature marks and copyright notice. The copy presented herein is held at CHL; includes marginalia and archival markings.
All but the final gathering of this book was printed in octodecimo format on thirteen sheets that were cut and folded into thirteen gatherings of eighteen leaves (thirty-six pages) each. The final gathering comprises eight leaves (sixteen pages). The text block measures 5⅞ × 3⅝ inches (15 × 9 cm).
The copy of the book presented herein is in a presentation binding of red sheepskin with gilt edges. The volume measures 6 × 3⅞ × 1 inches (15 × 10 × 3 cm). The spine is stamped with gilt ornamental panels and “Doctrine | and | Covenants” and “J. Glenn.” in gilt. The front and back pastedowns, the front flyleaf, and the back flyleaf are single-sided marbled leaves featuring a shell pattern with brown body and veins of red and white. In this copy, the first leaf of the first gathering, which is blank in other extant copies, is missing. The verso of the front flyleaf has two inscriptions, the first in graphite and the second in ink: “RN 69025 | Vault | Book Area | M223.1 | D632 | 1844” and “Jane Glenn | from her friend | Leonora Taylor | Nauvoo Oct 27th | 1844”. The handwriting of the first inscription is unknown; Leonora Taylor inscribed the second.
As the aforementioned ink inscription indicates, Leonora Taylor, wife of early church leader and printer John Taylor

1 Nov. 1808–25 July 1887. Preacher, editor, publisher, politician. Born at Milnthorpe, Westmoreland Co., England. Son of James Taylor and Agnes Taylor, members of Church of England. Around age sixteen, joined Methodists and was local preacher. Migrated from...

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, presented this book to Jane Glenn. The book came into the possession of the Historical Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints circa 1983.

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