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

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& the intent for which it was given persuadeing them to look forward unto the messiah & believe in him to come as tho he already was & after this manner did they teach them & it came to pass that by so doing they kept them from being destroid upon the face of the land for they did prick their hearts with the word continually stiring them up unto repentance & it came to pass that two hundred & thirty & eight years had passed away after the manner of wars & contentions & dissensions for the space of much of the time & I Joram do not write more for the plates are small but behold my Brethren ye can go to the other plates of Nephi for behold upon them the record of our wars are engraven according to the writings of the Kings or that which they caused to be written & I deliver these plates into the hands of my Son Omni that they may be kept according <to> the commandments of my fathers The Book of Omni
Omni, Chapter 1 [Omni 1]
The Book of Omni Chapter first—— Behold it came to pass that I Omni being commanded by my father Jarom that I should write somewhat upon these plates to preserve our genealogy wherefore in my days I would that ye should know that I fought much with the sword to preserve my People the Nephites from falling into the hands of their enemies the Lamanites but behold I of myself am a wicked man & I have not kept the statutes & the commandments of the Lord as I ought to have hd done & it came to pass that two hundred & seventy & six years had passed away & we had many seasons of peace & we had many seasons of serious war & bloodshed yea & in fine two hundred & eighty & two years had passed away & I had kept these plates according to the commandments of my fathers & I confered them upon my Son Amaron & I make an end. And now I Amaron write the things whatsoever I write which are few in the Book of my father behold it came to pass that three hundred & twenty years had passed away & the more wicked part of the Nephites were destroid for the Lord would not suffer after he had lead them out of the land of Jerusalem & kept & preserved them from falling into the hands of their enemies yea he would not suffer that the words which he spake unto our fathers saying inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall not prosper in the land wherefore the Lord did visit them in great Judgment nevertheless he did spare the righteous that they should not perish but did deliver them out of the hands of their enemies & it came to pass that I did deliver the plates unto my Brother Chemish Now I Chemish write what few things I write in the same Book with my Brother for behold I saw the last which he wrote that he wrote it with his own hand & he wrote it in the day that he delivered them unto me & after this manner we keep the records for it is according to the commandments of our fathers & I make an end Behold I Abinadom I am the Son of Chemish behold it came to pass that I saw much war & contention between my People the Nephites & the Lamanites & I with mine own sword have taken the lives of many of the Lamanites in the defence of my Brethren & behold the record of this People is engraven upon plates which is had by the Kings accoding to the generations & I know [p. 113]
& the intent for which it was given persuadeing them to look forward unto the messiah & believe in him to come as tho he already was & after this manner did they teach them & it came to pass that by so doing they kept them from being destroid upon the face of the land for they did prick their hearts with the word continually stiring them up unto repentance & it came to pass that two hundred & thirty & eight years had passed away after the manner of wars & contentions & dissensions for the space of much of the time & I Joram do not write more for the plates are small but behold my Brethren ye can go to the other plates of Nephi for behold upon them the record of our wars are engraven according to the writings of the Kings or that which they caused to be written & I deliver these plates into the hands of my Son Omni that they may be kept according to the commandments of my fathers
Omni, Chapter 1 [Omni 1]
The Book of Omni Chapter first—— Behold it came to pass that I Omni being commanded by my father Jarom that I should write somewhat upon these plates to preserve our genealogy wherefore in my days I would that ye should know that I fought much with the sword to preserve my People the Nephites from falling into the hands of their enemies the Lamanites but behold I of myself am a wicked man & I have not kept the statutes & the commandments of the Lord as I ought to have hd done & it came to pass that two hundred & seventy & six years had passed away & we had many seasons of peace & we had many seasons of serious war & bloodshed yea & in fine two hundred & eighty & two years had passed away & I had kept these plates according to the commandments of my fathers & I confered them upon my Son Amaron & I make an end. And now I Amaron write the things whatsoever I write which are few in the Book of my father behold it came to pass that three hundred & twenty years had passed away & the more wicked part of the Nephites were destroid for the Lord would not suffer after he had lead them out of the land of Jerusalem & kept & preserved them from falling into the hands of their enemies yea he would not suffer that the words which he spake unto our fathers saying inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall not prosper in the land wherefore the Lord did visit them in great Judgment nevertheless he did spare the righteous that they should not perish but did deliver them out of the hands of their enemies & it came to pass that I did deliver the plates unto my Brother Chemish Now I Chemish write what few things I write in the same Book with my Brother for behold I saw the last which he wrote that he wrote it with his own hand & he wrote it in the day that he delivered them unto me & after this manner we keep the record for it is according to the commandments of our fathers & I make an end Behold I Abinadom I am the Son of Chemish behold it came to pass that I saw much war & contention between my People the Nephites & the Lamanites & I with mine own sword have taken the lives of many of the Lamanites in the defence of my Brethren & behold the record of this People is engraven upon plates which is had by the Kings accoding to the generations & I know [p. 113]
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