Das Buch Mormon : The German Translation of the Book of Mormon
Journal of Book of Mormon Studies
Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship
The gospel was first preached in Germany in 1840 by Orson Hyde, on his way to Palestine. On his return journey, he stayed several months in Frankfurt publishing pamphlets in German. German converts were having a great influence on the Church in Nauvoo and Joseph Smith declared the German Bible to be the most correct of any he had read. While President of the French Mission, John Taylor organized the translation of the Book of Mormon into German. He recruited George Dykes, a missionary in the Scandinavian Mission fluent in German, and George Viett, a recent convert, to work on the translation. Political unrest forced John Taylor to permanently leave Germany, so he was replaced by President Daniel Carn. Although the translation was completed, continued political persecution hindered missionary efforts and the German Mission was discontinued in 1854. Missionary work later found success in Germany and the early publication of the Book of Mormon became a great blessing. Between 1945 and 1989, the Book of Mormon was the only Church publication available for the members in East Germany because all books published after 1920 were illegal.