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

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help of these King Benjamin by labouring with all the might of his body & the faculty of his whole soul & also the Prophets wherefore they did once more establish peace in the land——
Mosiah, Chapter 1 [Mosiah 1–3]
<​the Book of Mosiah​> Chapter [blank]—— And now there was no more contension in all the land of Zarahemla among all the People which belonged to King Benjamin so that King Benjamin had continual peace all the remainder of his days & it came to pass that he had three Sons & he called their names Mosiah & Helorum & Helaman & he caused that they should be taught in all the language of his fathers that thereby they might become men of understanding & that they might know concerning the prophesies which had been spoken by the mouths of their fathers which was delivered them by the hand of the Lord & he also taught them concerning the records which were engraven on the plates of brass saying my Sons I would that ye should remember that were it not for these plates which contain these records & these commandments we must have suffered in ignorance even at this presant time not knowing the mysteries of God for it were not possible that our father Lehi could have remembered all these things to have taught them to his children except it were for the help of these plates for he having been taught in the language of the Egyptians therefore he could read these engravings & teach them to his children that thereby they could teach them to their children & so fulfiling the commandments of the Lrd <​God​> even down to this presant time I say unto you my Sons were it not for these things which have been kept & preserved by the hand of the Lord <​God​> that we might read & understand of his mysteries & have his commandments always before our eyes that even our fathers would have dwindled in unbelief & we should have been like unto our Brethren the Lamanites which know nothing concerning these things or even do not believe them when they are taught them because of the tradition of their fathers which are not correct O my Sons I would that ye should remember that these sayings are true & also that these records are true & behold also the plates of Nephi which contain the records & the sayings of our fathers from the time they left Jerusalem untill now & they are true & we can know of their surety because we have them before our eyes & now my Sons I would that ye should remember to search them diligently that ye may profit thereby & I would that ye should keep the commandments of God that ye may prosper in the land according to the promises which the Lord made unto our fathers & many more things did King Benjamin teach his Sons which are not written in this Book & it came to pass that after King Benjamin had made an end of teaching his Sons that he waxed old & he saw that he must verry soon go the way of all the earth therefore he thought it expediant that he should confer the kingdom upon one of his Sons therefore he had Mosiah brought before him & these are the words which he spake unto him saying my Son I would that ye should make a proclamation throughout all this land among all this People [p. 117]
help of these King Benjamin by labouring with all the might of his body & the faculty of his whole soul & also the Prophets wherefore they did once more establish peace in the land——
Mosiah, Chapter 1 [Mosiah 1–3]
the Book of Mosiah Chapter [blank]—— And now there was no more contension in all the land of Zarahemla among all the People which belonged to King Benjamin so that King Benjamin had continual peace all the remainder of his days & it came to pass that he had three Sons & he called their names Mosiah & Helorum & Helaman & he caused that they should be taught in all the language of his fathers that thereby they might become men of understanding & that they might know concerning the prophesies which had been spoken by the mouths of their fathers which was delivered them by the hand of the Lord & he also taught them concerning the records which were engraven on the plates of brass saying my Sons I would that ye should remember that were it not for these plates which contain these records & these commandments we must have suffered in ignorance even at this presant time not knowing the mysteries of God for it were not possible that our father Lehi could have remembered all these things to have taught them to his children except it were for the help of these plates for he having been taught in the language of the Egyptians therefore he could read these engravings & teach them to his children that thereby they could teach them to their children & so fulfiling the commandments of God even down to this presant time I say unto you my Sons were it not for these things which have been kept & preserved by the hand of God that we might read & understand of his mysteries & have his commandments always before our eyes that even our fathers would have dwindled in unbelief & we should have been like unto our Brethren the Lamanites which know nothing concerning these things or even do not believe them when they are taught them because of the tradition of their fathers which are not correct O my Sons I would that ye should remember that these sayings are true & also that these records are true & behold also the plates of Nephi which contain the records & the sayings of our fathers from the time they left Jerusalem untill now & they are true & we can know of their surety because we have them before our eyes & now my Sons I would that ye should remember to search them diligently that ye may profit thereby & I would that ye should keep the commandments of God that ye may prosper in the land according to the promises which the Lord made unto our fathers & many more things did King Benjamin teach his Sons which are not written in this Book & it came to pass that after King Benjamin had made an end of teaching his Sons that he waxed old & he saw that he must verry soon go the way of all the earth therefore he thought it expediant that he should confer the kingdom upon one of his Sons therefore he had Mosiah brought before him & these are the words which he spake unto him saying my Son I would that ye should make a proclamation throughout all this land among all this People [p. 117]
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