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] whether we shall proceed to publish it immediately or not or whether we shall do according to our feelings. If I should act according to my feelings I should hand the Book of Mormon to this people as quick as I can could. The people ar[e] very different in this country to what the Americans are; they say it cannot be possible that men should leave their homes and come so far, unless they were truly the servants of the Lord; they do not seem to understand argument, simple testimony is enough for them, they beg and plead for the book of mormon and were it not for the priests of the the people would follow after the servants of the Lord and enquire what they should do to be saved: The priests feel just as they did in the days of the Saviour. If they let “this sect alone all men will believe on them and the Romans will come and take away our place and Nation. I wish you would tell me how gets along with his business and all the boys on the half breed tract—and the whole breed. I think a great deal about our friends, families and possessions. I look for the time when the Lord will speak so that the hearts of the rebellious will be pierced, you will remember the words of the Saviour to his desciples, he says to you is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven, but to them that are without all things in parables. The brethren here are very anxous to emigrate to that , some want to come this fall, where shall they go. their customs are different to ours and it would be more pleasant for them to settle by themselves.
Almost without exception it is the poor that receive the gospel: I think there will be some over this fall, my counsel to such as intend to come is, that they go to the western states where you can live among the farmers and wait for orders from the Authorities of the , and all will be well. You must excuse my bad writing, I have only catched at ideas. I want to know about the Brethren’s coming over this fall I think some of us will come we shall send our papers to you and to a number of the rest of the brethren
I wish you would have the goodness to give me a pretey general knowledge of the Church for I feel for them and pray for them continually
We need help very much in this , one American do more here than a number of the who are raized up here by the preaching of the Gospel, we have sent for some to come. I wish you would encourage them to come as quick as they can [p. 152]
If we could go four ways at a time we could not fill all the calls we have for preaching. I shall expect such council from you about the comming as you shall think necessary for us and them to have. I wish to know what the prospect is about the goverment’s doing any thing for us. When we left I thought there was but a poor chance for us: concerning being called to the and sent to other countries I should like to know whether it would be propper to them to that office or not while here Had any of us better come back this fall, I suppose that some that came over with us will return Brothers and — and if he gets at liberty. I suppose you have heard that he is in prison. he has been there ever since my arrival in in and how long he will remain there the Lord only knows, he was put there through the influence of a priest as nigh as I can learn, for some old pretended claim but no one can find out what that claim is. I have just met with he tells me that the in this region of country numbers between three and four hundred, it is only about three months since commenced to labor here I have just received a letter from which stated he expected to leave his place the next day. sends his respects. I am as ever:
To Joseph Smith
The Answer was sent by which gave them permission to publish the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and covenants and Hymn Books, but not to ordain any into the quorum of the Seventies, and <​likewise​> some general instructions. the letter was sent on the 19th day of July 1840— [p. 153]