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

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now because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of christ his Sons & his daughters for behold this day he hath spiritually begotton you for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name therefore ye are born of him & have become his Sons & his daughters & under this head ye are made free & there is no other head whereby ye can be made free there is no other name given whereby salvation cometh therefore I would that ye should take upon you the name of Christ all you that have entered into the covenant with God that ye should be obediant unto the end of your lives & it shall come to pass that whosoever doeth this shall be found at the right hand of God for he shall know the name by which he is called for he shall be called by the name of Christ & now it shall come to pass that whosoever shall not take upon them the name of Christ must be called by some other name therefore he findeth himself on the left hand of God & I would that ye should remember also that this is the name that I said I should give unto you that never should be bloted out except it be through transgression therefore take heed that ye do not transgress that the name be not bloted out of your hearts I say unto you I would that ye should remember to retain the name within written always in your hearts that ye are not found on the left hand of God but that ye hear & know the voice by which ye shall be called & also the name by which he shall call you for how knoweth a man the master which he hath not served & which is a stranger unto him & is far from the thoughts & intents of his heart & again doth a man take an ass which belongeth to his neighbor & keep him I say unto you <you> nay he will not even suffer that he shall feed among his flocks but will drive him away & cast him out I say unto you that even so shall it be among you if ye know not the name by which ye are called therefore I would that ye should be steadfast & immovable always abounding in good works that Christ the Lord God omnipotant may Seal you his that you may be brought to heaven that ye may have everlasting salvation & eternal life through the wisdom & power & Justice & mercy of him who created all things in heaven & in earth who is God above all Amen.
Mosiah, Chapter 4 [Mosiah 6]
Chapter [blank]—— And now king Benjamin thought it was expediant after haveing finished speaking to the People that he should take the names of all those who had entered into a covnant with God to keep his commandments & it came to pass that there was not one soul save it were little children but what had entered into the covenant & had taken upon them the name of Christ & again it came to pass that when King Benjamin had made an end of all these sayings <things> & had concecrated his Son Mosiah to be a ruler & a king over his People & had given him all the charges concerning the kingdom & also had appointed Priests to teach the People that thereby they might hear & know the commandments of God & to stir them up in rememberance of the oath which they had made he dismissed the multitude & they returned every [p. 127]
now because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of christ his Sons & his daughters for behold this day he hath spiritually begotton you for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name therefore ye are born of him & have become his Sons & his daughters & under this head ye are made free & there is no other head whereby ye can be made free there is no other name given whereby salvation cometh therefore I would that ye should take upon you the name of Christ all you that have entered into the covenant with God that ye should be obediant unto the end of your lives & it shall come to pass that whosoever doeth this shall be found at the right hand of God for he shall know the name by which he is called for he shall be called by the name of Christ & now it shall come to pass that whosoever shall not take upon them the name of Christ must be called by some other name therefore he findeth himself on the left hand of God & I would that ye should remember also that this is the name that I said I should give unto you that never should be bloted out except it be through transgression therefore take heed that ye do not transgress that the name be not bloted out of your hearts I say unto you I would that ye should remember to retain the name written always in your hearts that ye are not found on the left hand of God but that ye hear & know the voice by which ye shall be called & also the name by which he shall call you for how knoweth a man the master which he hath not served & which is a stranger unto him & is far from the thoughts & intents of his heart & again doth a man take an ass which belongeth to his neighbor & keep him I say unto you nay he will not even suffer that he shall feed among his flocks but will drive him away & cast him out I say unto you that even so shall it be among you if ye know not the name by which ye are called therefore I would that ye should be steadfast & immovable always abounding in good works that Christ the Lord God omnipotant may Seal you his that you may be brought to heaven that ye may have everlasting salvation & eternal life through the wisdom & power & Justice & mercy of him who created all things in heaven & in earth who is God above all Amen.
Mosiah, Chapter 4 [Mosiah 6]
Chapter [blank]—— And now king Benjamin thought it was expediant after haveing finished speaking to the People that he should take the names of all those who had entered into a covnant with God to keep his commandments & it came to pass that there was not one soul save it were little children but what had entered into the covenant & had taken upon them the name of Christ & again it came to pass that when King Benjamin had made an end of all these things & had concecrated his Son Mosiah to be a ruler & a king over his People & had given him all the charges concerning the kingdom & also had appointed Priests to teach the People that thereby they might hear & know the commandments of God & to stir them up in rememberance of the oath which they had made he dismissed the multitude & they returned every [p. 127]
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