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

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with exceding great Joy even as tho he had allready come among them yet the Lord God saw that his People were a stiffnecked People & he appointed unto them a law even the law of Moses & many signs & wonders & types & shadows shewed he unto them concerning his coming & also holy prophets spake unto them concrning his coming & yet they hardoned their hearts & understood not that the Law of Moses availeth nothing excep it were through the atonement of his blood & even if it were possible that little children could sin they could not be saved but I say unto you they are blessed for behold as in Adam or by nature they fall even so the blood of christ atoneth for their sins & moreover I say unto you that there shall be no other name given nor no other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men only in & through the name of Christ the Lord omnipotant for behold he Judgeth & his Judgment is just & the infant perisheth not that dieth in his infancy but men drinketh damnation to their own souls except they humble themselves & become as little children & believeth that salvation was & is & is to come in & through the atoneing blood of Christ the Lord omnipotant for the natural man is an enemy to God & has been from the fall of Adam & will be forever & ever but if he yieldeth to the enticeings of the holy spirit & puteth off the natural man & he becometh a Saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord & becometh as a child submissive meek humble patient full of love willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him even as a child doth submit to his father & moreover I say unto you that the time shall come when the knowledge of a Saviour shall spread throughout every Nation kindred tongue & People & behold when that time cometh none shall be found blameless before God except it be little children only through repentance & faith on the name of the Lord God omnipotant & even at this time when thou shalt have taught thy People the things which the Lord thy God hath commanded thee even then are they found no more blameless in the sight of God only according to the words which I have spoken unto thee & now I have spoken the words which the Lord God hath commanded me & this thus saith the Lord they shall stand as a bright testimony against this People at the Judgment day whereof they shall be Judged every man according to his works whether they be good or whether they be evil & if they be evil they are consigned to an awful view of their own guilt & abominations which doth cause them to shrink from the presance of the Lord into a state of miseary & endless torment from whence they can no more returns therefore they have drunk damnation to their own souls therefore they have drunk out of the cup of the wrath of God which Justice could no more deny unto them then it could deny that Adam should fall because of his partakeing of the forbidden fruit therefore mercy could have claim on them no more forever & their torment is as a lake of fire & brimstone whose flames are unquenchable & whose smoke ascendeth up forever & ever thus hath the Lord commanded me—— Amen.
Mosiah, Chapter 2 [Mosiah 4]
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with exceding great Joy even as tho he had allready come among them yet the Lord God saw that his People were a stiffnecked People & he appointed unto them a law even the law of Moses & many signs & wonders & types & shadows shewed he unto them concerning his coming & also holy prophets spake unto them concrning his coming & yet they hardoned their hearts & understood not that the Law of Moses availeth nothing excep it were through the atonement of his blood & even if it were possible that little children could sin they could not be saved but I say unto you they are blessed for behold as in Adam or by nature they fall even so the blood of christ atoneth for their sins & moreover I say unto you that there shall be no other name given nor no other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men only in & through the name of Christ the Lord omnipotant for behold he Judgeth & his Judgment is just & the infant perisheth not that dieth in his infancy but men drinketh damnation to their own souls except they humble themselves & become as little children & believeth that salvation was & is & is to come in & through the atoneing blood of Christ the Lord omnipotant for the natural man is an enemy to God & has been from the fall of Adam & will be forever & ever but if he yieldeth to the enticeings of the holy spirit & puteth off the natural man & he becometh a Saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord & becometh as a child submissive meek humble patient full of love willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him even as a child doth submit to his father & moreover I say unto you that the time shall come when the knowledge of a Saviour shall spread throughout every Nation kindred tongue & People & behold when that time cometh none shall be found blameless before God except it be little children only through repentance & faith on the name of the Lord God omnipotant & even at this time when thou shalt have taught thy People the things which the Lord thy God hath commanded thee even then are they found no more blameless in the sight of God only according to the words which I have spoken unto thee & now I have spoken the words which the Lord God hath commanded me & thus saith the Lord they shall stand as a bright testimony against this People at the Judgment day whereof they shall be Judged every man according to his works whether they be good or whether they be evil & if they be evil they are consigned to an awful view of their own guilt & abominations which doth cause them to shrink from the presance of the Lord into a state of miseary & endless torment from whence they can no more return therefore they have drunk damnation to their own souls therefore they have drunk out of the cup of the wrath of God which Justice could no more deny unto them then it could deny that Adam should fall because of his partakeing of the forbidden fruit therefore mercy could have claim on them no more forever & their torment is as a lake of fire & brimstone whose flames are unquenchable & whose smoke ascendeth up forever & ever thus hath the Lord commanded me—— Amen.
Mosiah, Chapter 2 [Mosiah 4]
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And now it came to pass that when King Benjamin had made an end of speaking the words [p. 123]
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