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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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my record neither at any time shall I give it after upon these plates which I am writing for it is given in the record which has been kept by my father wherefore I do not write it in this work for it sufficeth me to say that we are a decendant <​of Joseph​> & it mattereth not to me that I am particular to give to give a full account of all the things of my father for they cannot be written upon these plates for I desire the room that I may write of the things of God for the fullness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham & the God of Isaac & the God of Jaco[b] & be saved wherefore the things which are pleasing unto the world I do not write b[u]t the things which are pleasing unto God & unto them which are not of the world wherefore I shall give commandment unto my seed that they shall not occupy these plates with things which are not of worth unto the children of men & now I would that ye might know that after my father Lehi had madean end of prophesying concerning his seed it came to pass that the Lord spake un unto him again saying that it was not mete for him Lehi that he should take his family into the wilderness alone but that his Sons should take daughters to wife that they might raise up seed unto the Lord in the land of promise & it came to pass that the Lord commanded him that I Nephi & my Brethren should again return unto into the land of Jerusalem & bring down Ishmael & his family into the wilderness & it came to pass that I Nephi did again with my Brethren go forth into the wilderness to go up to Jerusalem & it came to pass that we went up unto the house of Ishmael & we did gain favor in the sight of Ishmael insomuch that we did speak unto him the words of the Lord & it came to pass that the Lord did soften the heart of Ishmael & also his household insomuch that they took their journey with us down into the wilderness to the tent of our father & it came to pass that as we journied in the wilderness behold Laman & Lemuel & two of the daughters of Ishmael & the two Sons of Ishmael & their families did rebell against us yea against I Nephi & Sam & their father Ishmael & his sons wife & his three Sons other daughters & it came to pass in the which rebellion they were desireous to return unto the land of Jerusalem & now I Nephi being grieved for the hardness of their hearts therefore I spake unto them saying yea even unto Laman & <​unto​> Lemuel behold thou art mine elder Brethren & how is it that ye are so hard in your hearts & so blind in your minds that ye have need that I your younger Brother should speak unto you yea & set an example for you how is it that ye have not hearkened unto the word of the Lord how is it that ye have forgotten that ye have seen an angel of the Lord yea & how is it that ye have forgot how great things the Lord hath done for us in delivering us out of the [p. 10]
my record neither at any time shall I give it after upon these plates which I am writing for it is given in the record which has been kept by my father wherefore I do not write it in this work for it sufficeth me to say that we are a decendant of Joseph & it mattereth not to me that I am particular to give a full account of all the things of my father for they cannot be written upon these plates for I desire the room that I may write of the things of God for the fullness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham & the God of Isaac & the God of Jacob & be saved wherefore the things which are pleasing unto the world I do not write but the things which are pleasing unto God & unto them which are not of the world wherefore I shall give commandment unto my seed that they shall not occupy these plates with things which are not of worth unto the children of men & now I would that ye might know that after my father Lehi had madean end of prophesying concerning his seed it came to pass that the Lord spake unto him again saying that it was not mete for him Lehi that he should take his family into the wilderness alone but that his Sons should take daughters to wife that they might raise up seed unto the Lord in the land of promise & it came to pass that the Lord commanded him that I Nephi & my Brethren should again return into the land of Jerusalem & bring down Ishmael & his family into the wilderness & it came to pass that I Nephi did again with my Brethren go forth into the wilderness to go up to Jerusalem & it came to pass that we went up unto the house of Ishmael & we did gain favor in the sight of Ishmael insomuch that we did speak unto him the words of the Lord & it came to pass that the Lord did soften the heart of Ishmael & also his household insomuch that they took their journey with us down into the wilderness to the tent of our father & it came to pass that as we journied in the wilderness behold Laman & Lemuel & two of the daughters of Ishmael & the two Sons of Ishmael & their families did rebell against us yea against I Nephi & Sam & their father Ishmael & his wife & his three other daughters & it came to pass in the which rebellion they were desireous to return unto the land of Jerusalem & now I Nephi being grieved for the hardness of their hearts therefore I spake unto them saying yea even unto Laman & unto Lemuel behold thou art mine elder Brethren & how is it that ye are so hard in your hearts & so blind in your minds that ye have need that I your younger Brother should speak unto you yea & set an example for you how is it that ye have not hearkened unto the word of the Lord how is it that ye have forgotten that ye have seen an angel of the Lord yea & how is it that ye have forgot how great things the Lord hath done for us in delivering us out of the [p. 10]
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