May lst. 1840.
Sir, The mission upon which we are sent, swells greater & greater.
As there is a great work to be done
in Germany, as manifested to us by the
spirit; the following plan of opperation has been suggested to us;
Viz to write a set of Lectures upon the faith and doctrine of <our>
, giving a brief history
of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, and an
account of its contents, in as clear and plain style as possible;
together with the out lines and organization and government of the
church of Latter Day Saints, drawn from the “doctrine and Covenents”
with all the wisdom and care possible; and get the same
translated into German, and publish it when we arrive in
Germany, and scatter <it> through the German Empire, Is
this correct? Should we consider it
necessary to tran slate the entire Book of Mormon into the German,
and Doctrine and Covenents too; are we or are we not at
liberty to do so. Should we deem it necessary to pub lish an
edition of Hymn Books in any Country; are we at liberty to do it?
The fact is we need such works; and we cannot get them from the
church here; and if we could we could not well carry them with us,
at least any quantity. We feel that we are acting under the
direction of the Presidency, of the church; and the reason, that we
make these enquires, is, that we do not wish to step beyond our
limits or bring ourselves into a snare and dishonor by taking
liberties that are not ours.
We feel that all our exertions and
interests shall become subsevient to build up the Kingdom [p. 144]