Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

all the spiritual blessings of the church—to  have the privilege of receiving the mysteries  of the kingdom of heaven—to have the heav ens opened unto them—to commune with the  general assembly and church of the first born,  and to enjoy the communion and presence of  God the Father, and Jesus the Mediator of  the new covenant.
10 The power and authority of the lesser,  or Aaronic priesthood, is, to hold the keys of  the ministering of angels, and to administer in  outward ordinances—the letter of the gospel— the baptism of repentance for the remission of  sins, agreeably to the covenants and command ments.
11 Of necessity there are presidents, or pre siding offices growing out of, or appointed of,  or from among those who are ordained to the  several offices in these two priesthoods. Of  the Melchisedek priesthood, three presiding  high priests, chosen by the body, appointed  and ordained to that office, and upheld by the  confidence, faith and prayer of the church,  form a quorum of the presidency of the church.  The twelve travelling counsellors are called  to be the twelve apostles, or special witnesses  of the name of Christ, in all the world: thus  differing from other officers in the church in  the duties of their calling. And they form a  quorum equal in authority and power to the  three presidents, previously mentioned. The  seventy are also called to preach the gospel,  and to be especial witnesses unto the Gentiles  and in all the world. Thus differing from  other officers in the church in the duties of [p. 102]
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, 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.