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Letter to Orson Hyde and John E. Page, 14 May 1840

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 seventies

A priesthood office with the responsibility to travel and preach and assist the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, similar to the seventy in the New Testament. In February and March 1835, the first members of the Seventy were selected and ordained. All of those...

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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 high priest

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

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may take charge of them.
If a high priest should be remiss in his duty, & should lead, or suffer the church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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to be led astray; depart from the ordinances

A religious rite. JS taught that ordinances were covenants between man and God, in which believers could affirm faith, gain spiritual knowledge, and seek blessings. Some ordinances were considered requisite for salvation. The manner in which ordinances were...

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of the Lord, then it is the duty of one of the seventies, acting under the special direction of the twelve

Members of a governing body in the church, with special administrative and proselytizing responsibilities. A June 1829 revelation commanded Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer to call twelve disciples, similar to the twelve apostles in the New Testament and ...

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— 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]
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 nece ssary to do so I shall have no objections whatever— It  will be well to study plainness and simplicity in what ever you may publish “for my soul delighteth in pla[i]n ness”. I feel much pleased with the spirit of yo ur 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 seventies

A priesthood office with the responsibility to travel and preach and assist the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, similar to the seventy in the New Testament. In February and March 1835, the first members of the Seventy were selected and ordained. All of those...

View Glossary
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 high priest

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office. Christ and many ancient prophets, including Abraham, were described as being high priests. The Book of Mormon used the term high priest to denote one appointed to lead the church. However, the Book of Mormon also discussed...

View Glossary
may take charge of them.
If a high priest should be remiss in his duty, &  should lead, or suffer the church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

View Glossary
to be led astray; de part from the ordinances

A religious rite. JS taught that ordinances were covenants between man and God, in which believers could affirm faith, gain spiritual knowledge, and seek blessings. Some ordinances were considered requisite for salvation. The manner in which ordinances were...

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of the Lord, then it is the duty  of one of the seventies, acting under the special direction  of the twelve

Members of a governing body in the church, with special administrative and proselytizing responsibilities. A June 1829 revelation commanded Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer to call twelve disciples, similar to the twelve apostles in the New Testament and ...

View Glossary
— being duly commissioned by them with  their delegated authority, to go that church and if agree able to a majority of the members of said church to pro ceed 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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