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

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  • Historical Introduction
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us down to this day has been fulfiled & as many as go beyond this day must surely come to pass wherefore I chose these things to finish my record upon them which remainder of my record I shall take from the plates of Nephi & I cannot write a hundredth part of the things of my People but behold I shall take these plates which contain these prophesyings & revelations & put them with the remainder of my record for they are choice unto me & I know they will be choice unto my Brethren & I do this for a wise purpose for thus is it whispereth me according to the workings of the spirit of the Lord which is in me & now I do not know all things but the Lord knoweth all things which is to come wherefore he worketh in me to do according to his will & my prayer to God is concerning my Brethren that they may once again come to the knowledge of God yea the redemption of Christ that they may once again be a delightsome People & now I Mormon procede to finish out my record which I take from the plates of Nephi & I make it according to the knowledge & the understanding which God hath given me wherefore it came to pass that after Amaleki had delivered up these plates into the hands of King Benjamin he took them & put them with the other plates which contained records which had been handed down by the Kings from Generation to Generation untill the days of King Benjamin & they were handed down from King Benjamin from generation to generation untill they have fallen into my hands & I Mormon pray to God that they may be preserved from this time hence forth & I know that they will be preserved for there are great things written upon them out of which my People & their Brethren shall be Judged at the great & last day according to the word of God which is written & now concerning this King Benjamin he had somewhat contentions among his own People & it came to pass also that the armies of the Lamanites came down out of the land of Nephi to battle against his People but behold King Benjamin gathered together his armies & he did stand against them & he did fight with the strength of his own arm with the sword of Laban & in the strength of the Lord they did contend against their enemies untill they had slain many thousand of the Lamanites & it came to pass that they did contend against the Lamanites untill they had driven them out of all the lands of their inheritance & it came to pass that after there had been fals Christs & their mouths had been shut & they punished according to their crimes & after their had been fals prophets & fals preachers & teachers among the People & all these haveing been punished according to their crimes & after there haveing been much contensions & many dissensions away unto the Lamanites behold it came to pass that King Benjamin with the assistance of the holy Prophets which were among his People for behold King Benjamin was a holy man & he did reign over his People in righteousness & there were many holy men in the land & they did speak the word of God with power & with authority & they did use much sharpness because of the stiffneckedness of the People wherefore with the [p. 116]
us down to this day has been fulfiled & as many as go beyond this day must surely come to pass wherefore I chose these things to finish my record upon them which remainder of my record I shall take from the plates of Nephi & I cannot write a hundredth part of the things of my People but behold I shall take these plates which contain these prophesyings & revelations & put them with the remainder of my record for they are choice unto me & I know they will be choice unto my Brethren & I do this for a wise purpose for thus it whispereth me according to the workings of the spirit of the Lord which is in me & now I do not know all things but the Lord knoweth all things which is to come wherefore he worketh in me to do according to his will & my prayer to God is concerning my Brethren that they may once again come to the knowledge of God yea the redemption of Christ that they may once again be a delightsome People & now I Mormon procede to finish out my record which I take from the plates of Nephi & I make it according to the knowledge & the understanding which God hath given me wherefore it came to pass that after Amaleki had delivered up these plates into the hands of King Benjamin he took them & put them with the other plates which contained records which had been handed down by the Kings from Generation to Generation untill the days of King Benjamin & they were handed down from King Benjamin from generation to generation untill they have fallen into my hands & I Mormon pray to God that they may be preserved from this time hence forth & I know that they will be preserved for there are great things written upon them out of which my People & their Brethren shall be Judged at the great & last day according to the word of God which is written & now concerning this King Benjamin he had somewhat contentions among his own People & it came to pass also that the armies of the Lamanites came down out of the land of Nephi to battle against his People but behold King Benjamin gathered together his armies & he did stand against them & he did fight with the strength of his own arm with the sword of Laban & in the strength of the Lord they did contend against their enemies untill they had slain many thousand of the Lamanites & it came to pass that they did contend against the Lamanites untill they had driven them out of all the lands of their inheritance & it came to pass that after there had been fals Christs & their mouths had been shut & they punished according to their crimes & after their had been fals prophets & fals preachers & teachers among the People & all these haveing been punished according to their crimes & after there haveing been much contensions & many dissensions away unto the Lamanites behold it came to pass that King Benjamin with the assistance of the holy Prophets which were among his People for behold King Benjamin was a holy man & he did reign over his People in righteousness & there were many holy men in the land & they did speak the word of God with power & with authority & they did use much sharpness because of the stiffneckedness of the People wherefore with the [p. 116]
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