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Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

I am, as ever, your humble servant and  never deviating friend,
JOSEPH SMITH.
 

Revelation, 8 July 1838–C [D&C 119]

SECTION CVII.
 
Revelation, given at Far West, Missouri, Ju ly 8, 1838,
 
In answer to the question: O Lord shew  unto thy servants how much thou requirest of  the properties of thy people for a tithing?
1 Verily thus saith the Lord, I require all  their surplus property to be put into the  hands of the bishop of my church of Zion, for  the building of mine house, and for the laying  the foundation of Zion, and for the priesthood,  and for the debts of the presidency of my  church; and this shall be the beginning of the  tithing of my people: and after that, those  who have thus been tithed, shall pay one  tenth of all their interest annually, and this  shall be a standing law unto them forever, for  my holy priesthood, saith the Lord.
2 Verily I say unto you, it shall come to  pass, that all those who gather unto the land  of Zion shall be tithed of their surplus proper ties, and shall observe this law, or they shall  not be found worthy to abide among you.—  And I say unto you, if my people observe  not this law, to keep it holy, and by this law  sanctify the land of Zion unto me, that my  statutes and my judgments, may be kept  thereon, that it may be most holy, behold,  verily I say unto you, it shall not be a land of [p. 430]
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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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