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Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

A. The credence they gave to the testimony of their fathers. -[§ ii. ¶ 56.]-
Q. How do men obtain a knowledge of the glory of God, his perfections and attributes?
A. By devoting themselves to his service, through prayer and supplication incessantly, strengthening their faith in him, until like Enoch, the brother of Jared, and Moses, they obtain a manifestaion of God to themselves. -[§ ii. ¶ 55.
Q. Is the knowledge of the existence of God a matter of mere tradition, founded upon human testimony alone, until a person receives a manifestation of God to themselves?
A. It is.
Q. How do you prove it?
A. From the whole of the first lecture of the second section.
 

Lecture 3

LECTURE THIRD.
 
OF FAITH.
 
SECTION III.
 
1 In the second lecture it was shown, how it was that the knowledge of the existence of God, came into the world, and by what means the first thoughts were suggested to the minds of men, that such a being did actually exist: and that it was by reason of the knowledge of his existence, that there was a foundation laid for the exercise of faith in him, as the only being in whom faith could centre for life and salvation. For faith could not centre in a being of whose existence we had no idea; because the idea of his existence in the first instance, is essential to the exercise of faith in him. Rom. x:14: “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (or one sent to tell them?) [p. 40]
A. The credence they gave to the testimony of their  fathers. -[§ ii. ¶ 56.]-
Q. How do men obtain a knowledge of the glory of  God, his perfections and attributes?
A. By devoting themselves to his service, through pray er and supplication incessantly, strengthening their faith  in him, until like Enoch, the brother of Jared, and Moses,  they obtain a manifestaion of God to themselves. -[§ ii. ¶ 55.
Q. Is the knowledge of the existence of God a matter of  mere tradition, founded upon human testimony alone, un til a person receives a manifestation of God to themselves?
A. It is.
Q. How do you prove it?
A. From the whole of the first lecture of the second  section.
 

Lecture 3

LECTURE THIRD.
 
OF FAITH.
 
SECTION III.
 
1 In the second lecture it was shown, how  it was that the knowledge of the existence of  God, came into the world, and by what means  the first thoughts were suggested to the minds  of men, that such a being did actually exist:  and that it was by reason of the knowledge  of his existence, that there was a foundation  laid for the exercise of faith in him, as the on ly being in whom faith could centre for life  and salvation. For faith could not centre in  a being of whose existence we had no idea;  because the idea of his existence in the first  instance, is essential to the exercise of faith  in him. Rom. x:14: “How then shall they  call on him in whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe in him of whom they  have not heard? And how shall they hear  without a preacher?” (or one sent to tell them?) [p. 40]
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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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