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 Covenants” 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 Covenants 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 [in] any quantity. We feel that we are
acting under the direction of the Presidency, of the church; and the reason, that we make
these inquiries, 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 subservient to build up
the Kingdom [p. 144]