THE BIRTH OF THE DESERET INDUSTRIES AS A UNIT OF THE CHURCH WELFARE PROGRAM
... In a further effort to provide opportunities for individuals to become self-sustaining, there has been organized in the Salt Lake Region of the Church Welfare Plan a project known as Deseret Industries.
We see great promise for this project if Stake and Ward workers will cooperate fully in stimulating an interest on the part of every homeowner within each Ward, member and non-members, to such an extent that they will be willing to give liberally of those articles that might have value in the Deseret Industries but of little value to the present owner. ...
Sincerely yours, LEGRAND RICHARDS HEBER J. GRANT M. O. ASHTON J. REUBEN CLARK JR. JOSEPH L. WIRTHLIN DAVID O. MCKAY The Presiding Bishopric The First Presidency
[1938-August 10-Deseret Industries pamphlet, 1951, in Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]