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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page 115
image
war & much bloodshed between the Nephites & the Lamanites but behold the Nephites did obtain much advantage over them yea insomuch that King Benjamin did drive them out of the land of Zarahemla & it came to pass that I began to be old & haveing no seed & knoing King Benjamin to be a Just man before the Lord wherefore I shall deliver up these plates unto him exhorting all men to come unto God the Holy one of Israel & believe in prophesying & in revelations & in the ministering of Angels & in the gift of speaking with tongues & in the gift of interpreting languages & in all things which is good for there is nothing which is good save it comes from God the Lord & that which is evil cometh from the Devil & now my beloved Brethren I would that ye should come unto Christ which is the Holy one of Israel & partake of his salvation & the power of his redemption yea come unto him & offer your whole souls as an offering unto him & continue in fasting & proping & endure to the end & as the Lord liveth ye will be saved & now I would speak somewhat concerning a certain number which went up into the wilderness to return to the land of Nephi for there was a large number which were desireous to possess the land of their inheritance wherefore they went up into the wilderness & their leader being a strong & a mighty man & a stiffnecked man wherefore he caused a contension among them & they were all slain save fifty in the wilderness & they returned again to the land of Zarahemla & & it came to pass that they also took others to a considerable number & took their journey again into the wilderness & I Amaleki had a Brother which also went with them & I have not since known concerning them & I am about to lay down in my grave & these plates are full & I make an end of my speaking——
Words of Mormon, Chapter 1 [Words of Mormon 1]
The words of Mormon <Chapter 2.d> And now I Mormon being about to deliver up the record which I have been making into the hands of my Son Moroni behold I have witnessed allmost all the destruction of my People the Nephites & it is many hundred years after the comeing of Christ that I deliver these records into the hands of my Son & it supposeth me that he will witness the entire destruction of my People but may God grant that he may survive them that he may write somewhat concerning them & somewhat concerning Christ that perhaps some day it may profit them & now I speak somewhat concerning that which I have written for after that I had made an abridgment from the plates of Nephi down to the reign of this King Benjamin of which Amaleki spake I searched among the records which had been delivered into my hands & I found these plates which contained this small account of the Prophets from Jacob down to the reign of this King Benjamin & also many of the words of Nephi & the things which are upon these plates pleasing me because of the Prophesies of the comeing of Christ & my fathers knowing that many of them have been fulfiled & yea & I also know that as many things <as> have been prophesied Concerning [p. 115]
war & much bloodshed between the Nephites & the Lamanites but behold the Nephites did obtain much advantage over them yea insomuch that King Benjamin did drive them out of the land of Zarahemla & it came to pass that I began to be old & haveing no seed & knoing King Benjamin to be a Just man before the Lord wherefore I shall deliver up these plates unto him exhorting all men to come unto God the Holy one of Israel & believe in prophesying & in revelations & in the ministering of Angels & in the gift of speaking with tongues & in the gift of interpreting languages & in all things which is good for there is nothing which is good save it comes from the Lord & that which is evil cometh from the Devil & now my beloved Brethren I would that ye should come unto Christ which is the Holy one of Israel & partake of his salvation & the power of his redemption yea come unto him & offer your whole souls as an offering unto him & continue in fasting & proping & endure to the end & as the Lord liveth ye will be saved & now I would speak somewhat concerning a certain number which went up into the wilderness to return to the land of Nephi for there was a large number which were desireous to possess the land of their inheritance wherefore they went up into the wilderness & their leader being a strong & a mighty man & a stiffnecked man wherefore he caused a contension among them & they were all slain save fifty in the wilderness & they returned again to the land of Zarahemla & & it came to pass that they also took others to a considerable number & took their journey again into the wilderness & I Amaleki had a Brother which also went with them & I have not since known concerning them & I am about to lay down in my grave & these plates are full & I make an end of my speaking——
Words of Mormon, Chapter 1 [Words of Mormon 1]
The words of Mormon Chapter 2.d And now I Mormon being about to deliver up the record which I have been making into the hands of my Son Moroni behold I have witnessed allmost all the destruction of my People the Nephites & it is many hundred years after the comeing of Christ that I deliver these records into the hands of my Son & it supposeth me that he will witness the entire destruction of my People but may God grant that he may survive them that he may write somewhat concerning them & somewhat concerning Christ that perhaps some day it may profit them & now I speak somewhat concerning that which I have written for after that I had made an abridgment from the plates of Nephi down to the reign of this King Benjamin of which Amaleki spake I searched among the records which had been delivered into my hands & I found these plates which contained this small account of the Prophets from Jacob down to the reign of this King Benjamin & also many of the words of Nephi & the things which are upon these plates pleasing me because of the Prophesies of the comeing of Christ & my fathers knowing that many of them have been fulfiled yea & I also know that as many things as have been prophesied Concerning [p. 115]
Page 115