This 23 minute video is one of the best, most concise and neutral overviews of the Joseph Smith papyri.
As prophet and seer of the Church, Joseph was given permission to look at the papyri scrolls in the exhibit, upon which he pronounced a marvelous discovery: "… - a more full account of which will appear in its place, as I proceed to examine or unfold them.
Truly we can say, the Lord is beginning to reveal the abundance of peace and truth." ( Astounded by their good fortune in finding not only the writings of the biblical patriarch Abraham, but also those of Joseph of Egypt, several members of the Church pooled their money and bought the papyri and mummies for $2,400.
Thus when the saints headed west to Utah under Young's leadership, they went without Emma, and without the papyrus.
Emma's son Joseph Smith III later became the first Prophet of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS).
Since it contains teachings about the pre-mortal life, some of the mysteries of God, and the eternal nature of spirits, it is a vital part of LDS canon.