Letter from Brigham Young, 7 May 1840

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Herefordshire England
May 7th. 1840
Brother Joseph Smith
Through the mercy of our heavenly Father I am alive and in pretty good health; better then I should have been had I remaind in I trust that you and family are well and I ask my heavenly Father that we may live for ever; but not to be chased about by mobs, but live to enjoy each others society in peace. I long to see the faces of my friends again in that once more. It is better for me to be here. because the Lord has called me to this great work but it is hard for me to be parted from my old friends who I have proved to be willing to lay down their lives for each other. I feel as though the Lord would grant me the priviledge of sometimes seeing my old friends in , give my best wishes to your . I remember her in my prayers and also and . I remember the time when I first saw and the trials [she] had when the work of the Lord first commenced in her family. I beg to be remember[ed] to and family also to and family and to all the faithful in Christ. the
The brethren that have come from are all well and doing well
I want to ask some questions. Shall we print the Book of Mormon in this immediately, they are calling for them for every quarter. The duties are so high on books, we need not think of bringing them from ; another question is the book of Doctrine and Covenants to be printed just as it is now to go to the nations of the earth, and shall we give it to them as quick as we can or what shall we do. Will the have to be together to do business as a , or shall they do business in the name of the . Why I ask this is for my own satisfaction, if the Lord has a word for us, for one I am willing to receive it. I wish you to write as soon as you receive this and let me know about the book of Mormon [p. 151]
Herefordshire England
May 7th. 1840
Brother Joseph Smith
Through the mercy of our heavenly Father I am alive and in pretty good health; better then I should have been had I remaind in I trust that you and family are well and I ask my heavenly Father that we may live for ever; but not to be chased about by mobs, but live to enjoy each others society in peace. I long to see the faces of my friends again in that once more. It is better for me to be here. because the Lord has called me to this great work but it is hard for me to be parted from my old friends who I have proved to be willing to lay down their lives for each other. I feel as though the Lord would grant me the priviledge of sometimes seeing my old friends in , give my best wishes to your . I remember her in my prayers and also and . I remember the time when I first saw and the trials [she] had when the work of the Lord first commenced in her family. I beg to be remembered to and family also to and family and to all the faithful in Christ.
The brethren that have come from are all well and doing well
I want to ask some questions. Shall we print the Book of Mormon in this immediately, they are calling for them for every quarter. The duties are so high on books, we need not think of bringing them from ; another question is the book of Doctrine and Covenants to be printed just as it is now to go to the nations of the earth, and shall we give it to them as quick as we can or what shall we do. Will the have to be together to do business as a , or shall they do business in the name of the . Why I ask this is for my own satisfaction, if the Lord has a word for us, for one I am willing to receive it. I wish you to write as soon as you receive this and let me know about the book of Mormon [p. 151]
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