Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

Revelation, 12 November 1831 [D&C 70]

Revelation given November, 1831.
1 Behold and hearken, O ye inhabitants of  Zion, and all ye people of my church, who  are far off, and hear the word of the Lord  which I give unto my servant Joseph Smith,  jr.: and also unto my servant Martin Harris;  and also unto my servant Oliver Cowdery;  and also unto my servant John Whitmer; and  also unto my servant Sidney Rigdon; and al so unto my servant Wm. W. Phelps: by the  way of commandment unto them, for I give  unto them a commandment: wherefore heark en and hear, for thus saith the Lord unto them,  I the Lord have appointed them, and ordained  them to be stewards over the revelations, and  commandments which I have given unto them,  and which I shall hereafter give unto them;  and an account of this stewardship will I re quire of them in the day of judgment: where fore I have appointed unto them, and this is  their business in the church of God, to man age them and the concerns thereof; yea, the  benefits thereof:
2 Wherefore a commandment I give unto  them, that they shall not give these things un to the church, neither unto the world, never theless, inasmuch as they receive more than  is needful for their necessities, and their wants,  it shall be given into my storehouse, and the  benefits shall be consecrated unto the inhabit ants of Zion, and unto their generations, inas [p. 223]
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.