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

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been a world & I saw numberless concourses of People many of whom were pressing forward that they might obtain the path which lead unto the tree by which I stood & it came to pass that they did come forth & commence in the path which lead to the tree & it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness yea even an exceding great mist of darkness insomuch that they which had commenced in the path did loose <​lose​> their way that they wandered off & were lost & it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward & they came forth & caught hold of the end of the rod of iron & they did press forward through the mist<​s​> of darkness clinging to the rod of iron even untill they did come forth & partake <​partook​> of the fruit of the tree & after that they had partook of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed & I also cast my eyes round about & behold on the other side of the river of water a great & spacious building & it stood as it were in the air high above the earth & it was filled with People both old & young both male & feemale & their manner of dress was exceding fine & they were in the attitude <​of​> mocking & pointing their fingers towards those which had came at & were partakeing of the fruit & after that they had tasted of the fruit they were ashamed because of those that were a scoffing at them & they fell away into forbidden paths & were lost & <​now​> I Nephi do not speak all the words of my father but be to be short in writing behold he saw other multitude<​s​> pressing forward & they came & cought hold of the end of the rod of iron & they did press their way forward continually holding fast to the rod of iron untill they came forth & fell down & partook of the fruit of the tree & he also saw other multitudes feeling their way towards that great & spacious building & it came to pass that many were drowned in the debths of the fountain & many were lost from his view wandering in strange roads & great was the multitude that did enter into that strange building & after that they did enter into that building they did point the finger of scorn at me & those that were partakeing of the fruit also but we beheld <​headed​> heeded them not these are the words of my father for <​as​> many as heeded them had fallen away & Laman & Lemuel partook not of the fruit saith my father & it came to pass that after my father had spoken all the words of his dream or vision which were many he said unto us because of these things which he saw in a vision he excedingly feared <​for Laman & Lemuel yea he <​feared​>​> lest they should be cast off from the presance of the Lord & he did exhort them then with all the feeling of a tender parent that they would hearken to his words in that perhaps the Lord would be merciful to them & not cast them off yea my father did preach unto them & after that he had preached unto them & also prophesied unto them of many things he bade them to keep the commandments of the Lord & he did cease speaking unto them & all these things did my father see & hear & speak as he dwelt in a tent in the vally of Lemuel & also a great many more things which cannot be written upon these plates & now as I have spoken concerning these plates behold they are not the plates upon which I make a [p. 13]
been a world & I saw numberless concourses of People many of whom were pressing forward that they might obtain the path which lead unto the tree by which I stood & it came to pass that they did come forth & commence in the path which lead to the tree & it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness yea even an exceding great mist of darkness insomuch that they which had commenced in the path did lose their way that they wandered off & were lost & it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward & they came forth & caught hold of the end of the rod of iron & they did press forward through the mists of darkness clinging to the rod of iron even untill they did come forth & partook of the fruit of the tree & after that they had partook of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed & I also cast my eyes round about & behold on the other side of the river of water a great & spacious building & it stood as it were in the air high above the earth & it was filled with People both old & young both male & feemale & their manner of dress was exceding fine & they were in the attitude of mocking & pointing their fingers towards those which had came at & were partakeing of the fruit & after that they had tasted of the fruit they were ashamed because of those that were a scoffing at them & they fell away into forbidden paths & were lost & now I Nephi do not speak all the words of my father but to be short in writing behold he saw other multitudes pressing forward & they came & cought hold of the end of the rod of iron & they did press their way forward continually holding fast to the rod of iron untill they came forth & fell down & partook of the fruit of the tree & he also saw other multitudes feeling their way towards that great & spacious building & it came to pass that many were drowned in the debths of the fountain & many were lost from his view wandering in strange roads & great was the multitude that did enter into that strange building & after that they did enter into that building they did point the finger of scorn at me & those that were partakeing of the fruit also but we heeded them not these are the words of my father for as many as heeded them had fallen away & Laman & Lemuel partook not of the fruit saith my father & it came to pass that after my father had spoken all the words of his dream or vision which were many he said unto us because of these things which he saw in a vision he excedingly feared for Laman & Lemuel yea he feared lest they should be cast off from the presance of the Lord & he did exhort them then with all the feeling of a tender parent that they would hearken to his words in that perhaps the Lord would be merciful to them & not cast them off yea my father did preach unto them & after that he had preached unto them & also prophesied unto them of many things he bade them to keep the commandments of the Lord & he did cease speaking unto them & all these things did my father see & hear & speak as he dwelt in a tent in the vally of Lemuel & also a great many more things which cannot be written upon these plates & now as I have spoken concerning these plates behold they are not the plates upon which I make a [p. 13]
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