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Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

and its counsellors shall have power to decide  upon testimony according to the laws of the  church. And after this decision it shall be  had in remembrance no more before the Lord;  for this is the highest council of  the church of God, and a final decision upon controversies,  in spiritual matters.
36 There is not any person belonging to  the church, who is exempt from this council of  the church.
37 And inasmuch as a president of the high  priesthood shall transgress, he shall be had in  remembrance before the common council of  the church, who shall be assisted by twelve  councillors of the high priesthood; and their  decision upon his head shall be an end of con troversy concerning him. Thus, none shall be  exempted from the justice and the laws of  God; that all things may be done in order and  solemnity, before him, according to truth and  righteousness.
38 And again, verily I say unto you, the  duty of a president over the office of a deacon,  is to preside over twelve deacons, to sit in  council with them, and to teach them their  duty—edifying one another as it is given ac cording to the covenants.
39 And also the duty of the president over  the office of the teachers, is to preside over  twenty-four of the teachers, and to sit in  council with them—teaching them the duties  of their office, as given in the covenants.
40 Also the duty of the president over the  priesthood of Aaron, is to preside over forty- [p. 109]
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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, 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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