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

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possess the king of the Lamanites doth exact of us or our lives & now is not this grievious to be bourn is not this our afflictions great now behold how great reason have we to Mourn yea I say unto you great are the reasons which we have to mourn for behold how mang of our Brethren have been slain & their blood hath been spilt in vain & all all because of iniquity for if this People had not fallen into transgression the Lord would not have suffered that this great evil should come upon them but behold they would not hearken unto his words but there arose contentions among them even so much that they did shed blood among themselves & a Prophet of the Lord have they slain yea a chosen man of God who told them of their wickedneess & abominations & prophesied of many things which is to come yea even the coming of Christ & because he sayeth unto them that Christ was the God the Father of all things & sayeth that he should take upon him the image of man & it should be the image after which man was created in the beginning or in other words he said that man was created after the image of God & that God should come down among the children of men & take upon him flesh & blood & go forth upon the face of the earth & now because he said this they did put him to death & many more things did they do which brought down the wrath of God upon them therefore who wondereth that they are in bondage & that they are smitten with sore afflictions for behold the Lord hath said I will not succor my People in the day of their transgression but I will hedge up their ways that they prosper not & their doings shall be as a stumbleing block before them & again he sayeth if my People shall sow filthiness they shall reap the chaff thereof in the whirl wind & the effects thereof is poison & again he sayeth if my People shall sow filthiness they shall reap the east wind which bringeth immediate destruction & now behold the promise of the Lord is fulfiled & ye are smitten & afflicted but if ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart & put your trust in him & serve him with all diligence of mind & if ye do this he will according to his own word <​will​> & pleasure deliver you out of bondage & it came to pass that after King Limhi had made an en of speaking to his People for he spake many things unto them & only a few of them have I written in this Book he told his People all the things concerning their Brethren which were in the land of Zarahemla & he caused that Ammon should stand up before the multitude & rehearse unto them all that had happened unto their Brethren from the time that Zeniff went up out of the land even untill <​the​> time that he himself came up out of the land & he also rehearsed unto them the last words which King Benjamin had taught them & explained them to the People of King Limhi so that they might understand all the words which he spake & it came to pass that after he had done all this that King Limhi dismised the multitude & caused that they should return every one unto his own house & it came to pass that he caused that the plates which contained the record of his People from the time that they left the land of Zarahemla should be brought before Ammon that he might read them [p. 130]
possess the king of the Lamanites doth exact of us or our lives & now is not this grievious to be bourn is not this our afflictions great now behold how great reason have we to Mourn yea I say unto you great are the reasons which we have to mourn for behold how mang of our Brethren have been slain & their blood hath been spilt in vain & all because of iniquity for if this People had not fallen into transgression the Lord would not have suffered that this great evil should come upon them but behold they would not hearken unto his words but there arose contentions among them even so much that they did shed blood among themselves & a Prophet of the Lord have they slain yea a chosen man of God who told them of their wickedneess & abominations & prophesied of many things which is to come yea even the coming of Christ & because he sayeth unto them that Christ was the God the Father of all things & sayeth that he should take upon him the image of man & it should be the image after which man was created in the beginning or in other words he said that man was created after the image of God & that God should come down among the children of men & take upon him flesh & blood & go forth upon the face of the earth & now because he said this they did put him to death & many more things did they do which brought down the wrath of God upon them therefore who wondereth that they are in bondage & that they are smitten with sore afflictions for behold the Lord hath said I will not succor my People in the day of their transgression but I will hedge up their ways that they prosper not & their doings shall be as a stumbleing block before them & again he sayeth if my People shall sow filthiness they shall reap the chaff thereof in the whirl wind & the effects thereof is poison & again he sayeth if my People shall sow filthiness they shall reap the east wind which bringeth immediate destruction & now behold the promise of the Lord is fulfiled & ye are smitten & afflicted but if ye will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart & put your trust in him & serve him with all diligence of mind & if ye do this he will according to his own will & pleasure deliver you out of bondage & it came to pass that after King Limhi had made an en of speaking to his People for he spake many things unto them & only a few of them have I written in this Book he told his People all the things concerning their Brethren which were in the land of Zarahemla & he caused that Ammon should stand up before the multitude & rehearse unto them all that had happened unto their Brethren from the time that Zeniff went up out of the land even untill the time that he himself came up out of the land & he also rehearsed unto them the last words which King Benjamin had taught them & explained them to the People of King Limhi so that they might understand all the words which he spake & it came to pass that after he had done all this that King Limhi dismised the multitude & caused that they should return every one unto his own house & it came to pass that he caused that the plates which contained the record of his People from the time that they left the land of Zarahemla should be brought before Ammon that he might read them [p. 130]
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