Letterbook 2

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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to you, which you may get translated, and printed into any language you please. Should we not be able to send some to you, and there should be a great call for Hymns where you may be; then I should have no objections to your publishing the present one. Were you to publish the Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, or Hymn Book; I desire the copy rights of the same to be secured in my name.
With respect to publishing any other work, either original, or those which have been published before, you will be governed by circumstances; if you think necessary to do so I shall have no objections whatever— It will be well to study plainness and simplicity in whatever you may publish “for my soul delighteth in pla[i]nness”. I feel much pleased with the spirit of your letter, and be assured, Dear Bretheren, of my hearty co-operation, and my prayers for your welfare and sucess.
In answer to your enquiry in a former letter, relative to the duty of the in regulating churches &c; I say that the duties of the seventies is, more particularly to preach the Gospel, & build up churches, rather than regulate them.— that a may take charge of them.
If a high priest should be remiss in his duty, & should lead, or suffer the to be led astray; depart from the of the Lord, then it is the duty of one of the seventies, acting under the special direction of the — being duly commissioned by them with their delegated authority, to go that church and if agreeable to a majority of the members of said church to proceed to regulate and put in order the same— otherwise he can have no authority to act
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to you, which you may get translated, and printed into any language you please. Should we not be able to send some to you, and there should be a great call for Hymns where you may be; then I should have no objections to your publishing the present one. Were you to publish the Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants, or Hymn Book; I desire the copy rights of the same to be secured in my name.
With respect to publishing any other work, either original, or those which have been published before, you will be governed by circumstances; if you think necessary to do so I shall have no objections whatever— It will be well to study plainness and simplicity in whatever you may publish “for my soul delighteth in plainness”. I feel much pleased with the spirit of your letter, and be assured, Dear Bretheren, of my hearty co-operation, and my prayers for your welfare and sucess.
In answer to your enquiry in a former letter, relative to the duty of the in regulating churches &c; I say that the duties of the seventies is, more particularly to preach the Gospel, & build up churches, rather than regulate them.— that a may take charge of them.
If a high priest should be remiss in his duty, & should lead, or suffer the to be led astray; depart from the of the Lord, then it is the duty of one of the seventies, acting under the special direction of the — being duly commissioned by them with their delegated authority, to go that church and if agreeable to a majority of the members of said church to proceed to regulate and put in order the same— otherwise he can have no authority to act
J Smith Jr [p. 147]
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