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

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of God unto the Church which was established in the valley of Gideon according to the revelation of the truth of the word which had been spake by his Fathers & according to the spirit of Prophecy which was in him according to the testimony of Jesus Christ the Son of God which should come for to redeem his people from <their> sins and the holy order by which he was called, and this thus it is written Amen——
Alma, Chapter 5 [Alma 7]
Chapter 5th.
The words of Alma which he delivered to the People in Gideon according to his own Reccord.— Behold my beloved Brethren seeing that I have been permited to come unto you therefore I attempt to address you in my language yea by my own mouth seeing that it is the first time that I have spoken unto you by the words of my mouth I having been wholely confined to the Judgment seat having <had> much business that I could not come unto you and even I could not have come now at this time were it not that the Judgment seat hath been given to another to Reign in my stead and the Lord in much mercy hath granted that I should come unto you, and behold I have come having great hopes and much desire that I should find that ye had humbleed yourselves before God and that ye had continued in the supplicating of his grace that I should find that ye were blameless before him that I should find that ye were not in the awful dilemma that our Brethren were in at Zarahemla but blessed be the name of God that he hath given unto me to know yea hath given unto me the exceeding great Joy of Knowing that they are established again in the way of his righteousness and I trust according to the spirit of God which is in me that I shall also have joy over you, nevertheless I do not desire that my joy over you should come by the cause of so much afflictions and sorrow which I have had for the Brethren at Zarahemla for behold my joy cometh over them after wadeing through much afflictions and sorrow, but behold I trust that ye are not in a state of so much unbelief as were your Brethren I trust that ye are not lifted up in the pride of your hearts yea I trust that ye have not set your hearts upon riches & the vain things of the world yea I trust that you do not worship Idols but that ye do worship the true and the living God and that ye look forward for the remission of your Sins with an everlasting faith which is to come for behold I say unto you there be many things to come and behold there is one thing which is of more importance than they all for behold the time is not far distant that the Redeemer liveth and cometh among His people Behold I do not say that he will come among us at the time of his dwelling in his mortal tabernacle for behold the spirit hath not said unto me this that this should be the case now as to this thing I do not know, but this much I d know that the Lord God hath power to do all things which is according to his word, but behold the spirit hath said this much [p. 185]
of God unto the Church which was established in the valley of Gideon according to the revelation of the truth of the word which had been spake by his Fathers & according to the spirit of Prophecy which was in him according to the testimony of Jesus Christ the Son of God which should come for to redeem his people from their sins and the holy order by which he was called, and thus it is written Amen——
Alma, Chapter 5 [Alma 7]
Chapter 5th.
The words of Alma which he delivered to the People in Gideon according to his own Reccord.— Behold my beloved Brethren seeing that I have been permited to come unto you therefore I attempt to address you in my language yea by my own mouth seeing that it is the first time that I have spoken unto you by the words of my mouth I having been wholely confined to the Judgment seat having had much business that I could not come unto you and even I could not have come now at this time were it not that the Judgment seat hath been given to another to Reign in my stead and the Lord in much mercy hath granted that I should come unto you, and behold I have come having great hopes and much desire that I should find that ye had humbleed yourselves before God and that ye had continued in the supplicating of his grace that I should find that ye were blameless before him that I should find that ye were not in the awful dilemma that our Brethren were in at Zarahemla but blessed be the name of God that he hath given unto me to know yea hath given unto me the exceeding great Joy of Knowing that they are established again in the way of his righteousness and I trust according to the spirit of God which is in me that I shall also have joy over you, nevertheless I do not desire that my joy over you should come by the cause of so much afflictions and sorrow which I have had for the Brethren at Zarahemla for behold my joy cometh over them after wadeing through much afflictions and sorrow, but behold I trust that ye are not in a state of so much unbelief as were your Brethren I trust that ye are not lifted up in the pride of your hearts yea I trust that ye have not set your hearts upon riches & the vain things of the world yea I trust that you do not worship Idols but that ye do worship the true and the living God and that ye look forward for the remission of your Sins with an everlasting faith which is to come for behold I say unto you there be many things to come and behold there is one thing which is of more importance than they all for behold the time is not far distant that the Redeemer liveth and cometh among His people Behold I do not say that he will come among us at the time of his dwelling in his mortal tabernacle for behold the spirit hath not said unto me that this should be the case now as to this thing I do not know, but this much I d know that the Lord God hath power to do all things which is according to his word, but behold the spirit hath said this much [p. 185]
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