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

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or the People of Zarahemla & the People of Mosiah which dwell in this land that thereby they may be gathered togther for on the morrow I shall proclaim unto them this my People out of mine own mouth that thou art a King & a ruler over this People which the Lord our God hath given us & moreover I shall give this People a name that thereby they may be distuinguished above all the People which the Lord God hath brought out of the land of Jerusalem & this I do because they have been a diligent People in keeping the commandments of the Lord & I give unto them a name that never shall be bloted out except it be through transgression yea & moreover I say unto you that if this highly favoured People of the Lord should fall into transgression & become a wicked & an adulterous People that the Lord will deliver them up that thereby they become weak like unto their Brethren & he will no more preserve them by his matchless & marvelous power as he hath hitherto preserved our fathers for I say unto <​you​> that if he had not extended his arm in the preservation of our fathers they must have fallen into the hands of the Lamanites & become victims to their hatred & it came to pass that after King Benjamin had made an end of these sayings to his Son that he gave him charge concerning all the affairs of the Kingdom & moreover he also gave him charge concerning the records which were engraven on the plates of brass & also the plates of Nephi & also the sword of Laban & the ball or director which lead our fathers through the wlderness which was prepared by the hand of the Lord that thereby they might be lead every one according to the heed & diligence which they gave unto him therefore as they were unfaithful they did not prosper nor progress in their journey but were driven back & incured the displeasure of God upon them & therefore they were smitten with famine & sore afflictions to stir them up in rememberance of their duty & now it came to pass that Mosiah went & did as his father had commanded him & proclaimed unto all the People which were in the land of Zarahemla that thereby they might gather themselves together to go up to the temple to hear the words which his father should speak unto them & it came to pass that after Mosiah had done as his father had commanded him & had made a proclamation throughout all the land that the People gathered themselves together throughout all the land that they might go up to the temple to hear the words which King Benjamin should speak unto them & there were a great number even so many that they did not number them for they had multiplied excedingly & waxed great in the land & they also took of the firstlings of their flocks that they might offer sacrifice & burnt offerings according to the law of Moses & also that they might give thanks to the Lord their God who had brought them out of the land of Jerusalem & who had delivered them out of the hands of their enemies & had appointed just men to be their teachers & also a just man to be their King who had established peace in the land of Zarahemla & who had taught them to keep the commandments of God that [p. 118]
or the People of Zarahemla & the People of Mosiah which dwell in this land that thereby they may be gathered togther for on the morrow I shall proclaim unto this my People out of mine own mouth that thou art a King & a ruler over this People which the Lord our God hath given us & moreover I shall give this People a name that thereby they may be distuinguished above all the People which the Lord God hath brought out of the land of Jerusalem & this I do because they have been a diligent People in keeping the commandments of the Lord & I give unto them a name that never shall be bloted out except it be through transgression yea & moreover I say unto you that if this highly favoured People of the Lord should fall into transgression & become a wicked & an adulterous People that the Lord will deliver them up that thereby they become weak like unto their Brethren & he will no more preserve them by his matchless & marvelous power as he hath hitherto preserved our fathers for I say unto you that if he had not extended his arm in the preservation of our fathers they must have fallen into the hands of the Lamanites & become victims to their hatred & it came to pass that after King Benjamin had made an end of these sayings to his Son that he gave him charge concerning all the affairs of the Kingdom & moreover he also gave him charge concerning the records which were engraven on the plates of brass & also the plates of Nephi & also the sword of Laban & the ball or director which lead our fathers through the wlderness which was prepared by the hand of the Lord that thereby they might be lead every one according to the heed & diligence which they gave unto him therefore as they were unfaithful they did not prosper nor progress in their journey but were driven back & incured the displeasure of God upon them & therefore they were smitten with famine & sore afflictions to stir them up in rememberance of their duty & now it came to pass that Mosiah went & did as his father had commanded him & proclaimed unto all the People which were in the land of Zarahemla that thereby they might gather themselves together to go up to the temple to hear the words which his father should speak unto them & it came to pass that after Mosiah had done as his father had commanded him & had made a proclamation throughout all the land that the People gathered themselves together throughout all the land that they might go up to the temple to hear the words which King Benjamin should speak unto them & there were a great number even so many that they did not number them for they had multiplied excedingly & waxed great in the land & they also took of the firstlings of their flocks that they might offer sacrifice & burnt offerings according to the law of Moses & also that they might give thanks to the Lord their God who had brought them out of the land of Jerusalem & who had delivered them out of the hands of their enemies & had appointed just men to be their teachers & also a just man to be their King who had established peace in the land of Zarahemla & who had taught them to keep the commandments of God that [p. 118]
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