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

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full account of the history of my people for the plates upon which I make a full account of my People I have given the name of Nephi wherefore they are called the plates of Nephi after mine own name & these plates also are called the plates of Nephi nevertheless I have received a commandment of the Lord that I should make these plates for the special purpose that there should be an account engraven of the ministry of my People & upon the other Plates should be engraven an account of the reign of the Kings & the wars & contentions of my People wherefore these Plates are for the more part of the ministry & the other Plates are for the more part of the reign of the Kings & the wars & contentions of my People wherefore the Lord hath commanded me to make these plates for a wise purpose in him which purpose I know not but the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning wherefore he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men for behold he hath all power unto the fulfiling of all his words & thus it is Amen.
First Nephi, Chapter 3 [1 Nephi 10–14]
Chapt [blank]—— And now I Nephi procede to give an account upon these plates of my procedings & my reign & ministry wherefore to procede with mine account I must speak somewhat of the things of my father & also of my Brethren for behold it came to pass that after my father had made an end of speaking the words of his dream & also of exhorting them to all diligence he spake unto them concerning the Jews how that after they were destroied yea even that great City Jerusalem & that many were carried away captive into Babylon that according to the own due time of the Lord they should return again yea even be brought back out of Captivity & after they are brought back out of Captivity to posess again the land of their inheritance yea even six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem a Prophet would the Lord God raise up among the Jews yea even a Messiah or in other words a saviour of the world & he also spake concerning the Prophets how great a number had testified of these things concerning this Messiah of which he had spoken or this Redeemer of the world wherefore all mankind was in a lost & in a fallen state & ever would be save they should rely on this Redeemer & he spake also concerning a Prophet which should come before the Messiah to prepare the way of the Lord yea even he should go forth & cry in the wilderness prepare ye the way of the Lord & make his paths strait for there standeth one among you whom ye know not & he is mightyer then I whose shoes latchet I am not worthy to unloose & much spake my father concerning this thing & my father saith that he should Baptise in Bethebara beyond Jordan & he also spake that he should Baptise with water yea even that he should Baptise the Messiah with water & after that he had Baptised the Messiah with water he should behold & bear record that he had Baptised the Lamb of God which should take away the sin<s> of the world & it came to pass that after my father had spoken these words these words he spake unto my Brethren concerning the Gospel which should be preached among the Jews & also concerning the dwindleing of [p. 14]
full account of the history of my people for the plates upon which I make a full account of my People I have given the name of Nephi wherefore they are called the plates of Nephi after mine own name & these plates also are called the plates of Nephi nevertheless I have received a commandment of the Lord that I should make these plates for the special purpose that there should be an account engraven of the ministry of my People & upon the other Plates should be engraven an account of the reign of the Kings & the wars & contentions of my People wherefore these Plates are for the more part of the ministry & the other Plates are for the more part of the reign of the Kings & the wars & contentions of my People wherefore the Lord hath commanded me to make these plates for a wise purpose in him which purpose I know not but the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning wherefore he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children of men for behold he hath all power unto the fulfiling of all his words & thus it is Amen.
First Nephi, Chapter 3 [1 Nephi 10–14]
Chapt [blank]—— And now I Nephi procede to give an account upon these plates of my procedings & my reign & ministry wherefore to procede with mine account I must speak somewhat of the things of my father & also of my Brethren for behold it came to pass that after my father had made an end of speaking the words of his dream & also of exhorting them to all diligence he spake unto them concerning the Jews how that after they were destroied yea even that great City Jerusalem & that many were carried away captive into Babylon that according to the own due time of the Lord they should return again yea even be brought back out of Captivity & after they are brought back out of Captivity to posess again the land of their inheritance yea even six hundred years from the time that my father left Jerusalem a Prophet would the Lord God raise up among the Jews yea even a Messiah or in other words a saviour of the world & he also spake concerning the Prophets how great a number had testified of these things concerning this Messiah of which he had spoken or this Redeemer of the world wherefore all mankind was in a lost & in a fallen state & ever would be save they should rely on this Redeemer & he spake also concerning a Prophet which should come before the Messiah to prepare the way of the Lord yea even he should go forth & cry in the wilderness prepare ye the way of the Lord & make his paths strait for there standeth one among you whom ye know not & he is mightyer then I whose shoes latchet I am not worthy to unloose & much spake my father concerning this thing & my father saith that he should Baptise in Bethebara beyond Jordan & he also spake that he should Baptise with water yea even that he should Baptise the Messiah with water & after that he had Baptised the Messiah with water he should behold & bear record that he had Baptised the Lamb of God which should take away the sins of the world & it came to pass that after my father had spoken these words he spake unto my Brethren concerning the Gospel which should be preached among the Jews & also concerning the dwindleing of [p. 14]
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