Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

immediately follow, in your several steward ships, to manage the affairs of the poor, and  all things pertaining to the bishopric both in  the land of Zion, and in the land of Shinehah [Kirtland],  for I have consecrated the land of Shinehah in  mine own due time for the benefit of the saints  of the Most High, and for a stake to Zion: for  Zion must increase in beauty, and in holiness:  her borders must be enlarged; her stakes must  be strengthened; yea, verily I say unto you,  Zion must arise and put on her beautiful gar ments: therefore I give unto you this command ment, that ye bind yourselves by this cove nant, and it shall be done according to the  laws of the Lord. Behold here is wisdom, al so, in me, for your good. And you are to be  equal, or in other words, you are to have equal  claims on the properties, for the benefit of  managing the concerns of your stewardships,  every man according to his wants and his  needs, inasmuch as his wants are just; and  all this for the benefit of the church of the liv ing God, that every man may improve upon  his talent, that every man may gain other tal ents; yea, even an hundred fold, to be cast in to the Lord’s storehouse, to become the com mon property of the whole church, every man  seeking the interest of his neighbor, and doing  all things with an eye single to the glory of  God
5 This order I have appointed to be an ev erlasting order unto you and unto your suc cessors, inasmuch as you sin not: and the soul  that sins against this covenant, and hardeneth  his heart against it, shall be dealt with accor [p. 340]
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.