Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon, circa August 1829–circa January 1830

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wherefore I conclude this record declareing that I have written according to the best of my knowledge by saying that the time passed away with us & also our lives passed away like as it were unto us a dream we being a lonesome & a sollum People wanderers cast out fron Jerusalem born in tribulation in a wild wilderness & hated of our Brethren which caused wars & contensions wherefore we did mourn out our days & I Jacob saw that I must soon go down to my grave wherefore I said unto my Son Enos take these plates & I told him the things which my Brother Nephi had commanded me & he promised obediance unto the commands & I make an <​end​> of my writing upon these plates which writing hath been small & to the reader I bid farewell hopeing that many of my Brethren may read my words Brethren adieu——
Enos, Chapter 1 [Enos 1]
The Book of Enos Chapter ft [blank]
Behold it came to pass that I Enos knowing my father that he was a just man for he taught me in his language & also in the nurture & admonition of the Lord & blessed be the name of my God for it & I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before God before that I received a remission of my sins behold I went to hunt beasts in the forest & the words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life & the joy of the saints & the words of my father sunk deep into my heart & my soul hungered & I kneeled down before my maker & I cried unto him in mighty prayer & supplication for mine own soul & all the day long did I cry unto him yea & when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens & there came a voice unto me saying Enos thy Sins are forgiven thee & thou shalt be blessed & I Enos knew that God could not lie wherefore my guilt was swept away & I sayeth Lord how is it done & he sayeth unto me because of thy faith in Christ whom thou hast not heard nor seen & many years passeth away before that he shall manifest himself in <​the​> flesh wherefore go to it thy faith hath made thee whole now it came to pass that when I had heard these words I began to feel a desire for the wellfare of my Brethren the Nephites wherefore I did pour out my whole soul unto God for them & while I was this thus struggleing in the spirit behold the voice of the Lord came into my mind again saying I will visit thy Brethren according to their diligence in keeping my commandments, I have given unto them this land & it is a holy land & I curse it not save it be for the cause of iniquity wherefore I will visit thy Brethren according as I have said & their transgressions will I bring down with sorrow upon their <​own​> heads & after that I Enos had heard these words my faith began to be unshaken in the Lord & I prayed unto him with many long struggleings for my Brethren the Lamanites & it came to pass that after I had prayed & laboured with all diligence the Lord said unto me I will grant unto thee according to thy desires because of thy faith & now behold this was the desire which I desired of him that if it should so be that my People the Nephites should fall into transgression & by any means be destro [p. 110]
wherefore I conclude this record declareing that I have written according to the best of my knowledge by saying that the time passed away with us & also our lives passed away like as it were unto us a dream we being a lonesome & a sollum People wanderers cast out fron Jerusalem born in tribulation in a wild wilderness & hated of our Brethren which caused wars & contensions wherefore we did mourn out our days & I Jacob saw that I must soon go down to my grave wherefore I said unto my Son Enos take these plates & I told him the things which my Brother Nephi had commanded me & he promised obediance unto the commands & I make an end of my writing upon these plates which writing hath been small & to the reader I bid farewell hopeing that many of my Brethren may read my words Brethren adieu——
Enos, Chapter 1 [Enos 1]
The Book of Enos Chapter ft [blank]
Behold it came to pass that I Enos knowing my father that he was a just man for he taught me in his language & also in the nurture & admonition of the Lord & blessed be the name of my God for it & I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before God before that I received a remission of my sins behold I went to hunt beasts in the forest & the words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life & the joy of the saints & the words of my father sunk deep into my heart & my soul hungered & I kneeled down before my maker & I cried unto him in mighty prayer & supplication for mine own soul & all the day long did I cry unto him yea & when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens & there came a voice unto me saying Enos thy Sins are forgiven thee & thou shalt be blessed & I Enos knew that God could not lie wherefore my guilt was swept away & I sayeth Lord how is it done & he sayeth unto me because of thy faith in Christ whom thou hast not heard nor seen & many years passeth away before that he shall manifest himself in the flesh wherefore go to it thy faith hath made thee whole now it came to pass that when I had heard these words I began to feel a desire for the wellfare of my Brethren the Nephites wherefore I did pour out my whole soul unto God for them & while I was thus struggleing in the spirit behold the voice of the Lord came into my mind again saying I will visit thy Brethren according to their diligence in keeping my commandments, I have given unto them this land & it is a holy land & I curse it not save it be for the cause of iniquity wherefore I will visit thy Brethren according as I have said & their transgressions will I bring down with sorrow upon their own heads & after that I Enos had heard these words my faith began to be unshaken in the Lord & I prayed unto him with many long struggleings for my Brethren the Lamanites & it came to pass that after I had prayed & laboured with all diligence the Lord said unto me I will grant unto thee according to thy desires because of thy faith & now behold this was the desire which I desired of him that if it should so be that my People the Nephites should fall into transgression & by any means be destro [p. 110]
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