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Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

Q. How do you convey to the understanding more clearly, that faith is the first great governing principle, which has power, dominion, and authority over all things?
A. By it they exist, by it they are upheld, by it they are changed, or by it they remain, agreeably to the will of God; and without it there is no power; and without power there could be no creation, nor existence! -[§ i. ¶ 24.]-
 

Lecture 2

LECTURE SECOND.
 
OF FAITH.
 
SECTION II.
 
1 Having shown in our previous lecture “faith itself—what it is,” we shall proceed to show secondly the object on which it rests.
2 We here observe that God is the only supreme governor, and independent being, in whom all fulness and perfection dwell; who is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient; without beginning of days or end of life; and that in him every good gift, and every good principle dwells; and that he is the Father of lights: in him the principle of faith dwells independently; and he is the object in whom the faith of all other rational and accountable beings centres, for life and salvation.
3 In order to present this part of the subject in a clear and conspicuous point of light, it is necessary to go back and show the evidences which mankind have had, and the foundation on which these evidences are, or were based, since the creation, to believe in the existence of a God. [p. 13]
Q. How do you convey to the understanding more  clearly, that faith is the first great governing principle,  which has power, dominion, and authority over all things?
A. By it they exist, by it they are upheld, by it they  are changed, or by it they remain, agreeably to the will  of God; and without it there is no power; and without  power there could be no creation, nor existence! -[§ i.  ¶ 24.]-
 

Lecture 2

LECTURE SECOND.
 
OF FAITH.
 
SECTION II.
 
1 Having shown in our previous lecture  “faith itself—what it is,” we shall proceed to  show secondly the object on which it rests.
2 We here observe that God is the only su preme governor, and independent being, in  whom all fulness and perfection dwell; who  is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient;  without beginning of days or end of life; and  that in him every good gift, and every good  principle dwells; and that he is the Father of  lights: in him the principle of faith dwells in dependently; and he is the object in whom  the faith of all other rational and accountable  beings centres, for life and salvation.
3 In order to present this part of the sub ject in a clear and conspicuous point of light,  it is necessary to go back and show the evi dences which mankind have had, and the foun dation on which these evidences are, or were  based, since the creation, to believe in the  existence of a God. [p. 13]
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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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