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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page 11
image
hands of Laban & also that we should obtain the record yea & how is it that ye have forgotten that the Lord is able to do all things according to his will for the children of men if it so be that they exercise faith in him wherefore let us be faithful in him & if it so be that we are faithful in him we shall obtain the land of promise & ye shall know at some future period that the word of the Lord shall be fulfilled concerning the destruction of Jerusalem for all things which the Lord hath spoken concerning the destruction of Jerusalem must be fulfilled for behold the <spirit <of> the> Lord ceaseth soon to strive with them for behold they have rejected the prophets & Jeremiah have they cast into prison & they have sought to take away the life of my father insomuch that they have driven him out of the land now behold I say unto you that if ye will return unto Jerusalem ye shall also perish with them & now if ye have choice go up to the land & remember the words which I speak unto you that if ye go ye will also perish for thus the spirit of the Lord constraineth me that I should speak & it came to pass that when I Nephi had spoken these words unto my Brethren they were angery with me & it came to pass that they did lay their hands upon me for behold they were exceding wroth & they did bind me with cords for they sought to take away my life that they might leave me in the wilderness to be devoured by wild beasts but it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord saying O Lord according to my faith which is in thee wilt thou deliver me from the hands of my Brethren yea even give me strength that I may burst these bands with which I am bound & it came to pass that when I had said these words behold the bands were loosed from off my hands & feet & I stood before my Brethren & I spake unto them again & it came to pass & I stood before m) that they were angery with me again & sought to lay hands upon me but behold one of the daughters of Ishmael yea & also her Mother & one of the Sons of Ishmael did plead with my Brethren insomuch that they did soften their hearts & they did cease striveing to take away my life & it came to pass that they were sorrowful because of their wickedness insomuch that they did bow down before me & did plead with me that I would forgive them of the thing that they had done against me & it came to pass that I did frankly forgive them all that they had done & I did exhort them that they would pray unto the Lord their God for forgiveness & it came to pass that they did so & after that they had done praying unto the Lord we did again travel on our journey toward the tent of our father & it came to pass that we did come down unto the tent of our father & after that I & my Brethren & all the house of Ishmael had come down unto the tent of my father they did give thanks unto the Lord their God & they did offer sacrifice & burnt offerings unto him & it came to pass that we had gathered together all manner [p. 11]
hands of Laban & also that we should obtain the record yea & how is it that ye have forgotten that the Lord is able to do all things according to his will for the children of men if it so be that they exercise faith in him wherefore let us be faithful in him & if it so be that we are faithful in him we shall obtain the land of promise & ye shall know at some future period that the word of the Lord shall be fulfilled concerning the destruction of Jerusalem for all things which the Lord hath spoken concerning the destruction of Jerusalem must be fulfilled for behold the spirit of the Lord ceaseth soon to strive with them for behold they have rejected the prophets & Jeremiah have they cast into prison & they have sought to take away the life of my father insomuch that they have driven him out of the land now behold I say unto you that if ye will return unto Jerusalem ye shall also perish with them & now if ye have choice go up to the land & remember the words which I speak unto you that if ye go ye will also perish for thus the spirit of the Lord constraineth me that I should speak & it came to pass that when I Nephi had spoken these words unto my Brethren they were angery with me & it came to pass that they did lay their hands upon me for behold they were exceding wroth & they did bind me with cords for they sought to take away my life that they might leave me in the wilderness to be devoured by wild beasts but it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord saying O Lord according to my faith which is in thee wilt thou deliver me from the hands of my Brethren yea even give me strength that I may burst these bands with which I am bound & it came to pass that when I had said these words behold the bands were loosed from off my hands & feet & I stood before my Brethren & I spake unto them again & it came to pass that they were angery with me again & sought to lay hands upon me but behold one of the daughters of Ishmael yea & also her Mother & one of the Sons of Ishmael did plead with my Brethren insomuch that they did soften their hearts & they did cease striveing to take away my life & it came to pass that they were sorrowful because of their wickedness insomuch that they did bow down before me & did plead with me that I would forgive them of the thing that they had done against me & it came to pass that I did frankly forgive them all that they had done & I did exhort them that they would pray unto the Lord their God for forgiveness & it came to pass that they did so & after that they had done praying unto the Lord we did again travel on our journey toward the tent of our father & it came to pass that we did come down unto the tent of our father & after that I & my Brethren & all the house of Ishmael had come down unto the tent of my father they did give thanks unto the Lord their God & they did offer sacrifice & burnt offerings unto him & it came to pass that we had gathered together all manner [p. 11]
Page 11