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

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  • Historical Introduction
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Lamb for thus were the twelve called by the angel of the Lord & the multitude of the earth was gathered together & I beheld that they were in a large & a spacious building like unto the building which my father saw & the Angel of the Lord spake unto me again saying behold the world & the wisdom thereof yea behold the House of Israel hath gathered together to fight against the twelve Apostles of the Lamb & it came to pass that I saw & bear record that the great & spacious building was the pride of the world & it fell & the fall thereof was exceding great & the Angel of the Lord spake unto me again saying thus shall be the destruction of all Nations Kindreds Tongues & People that shall fight against the twelve Apostles of the Lamb & it came to pass that the Angel said unto me look & behold thy seed & also the seed of thy brethren & I looked & beheld the band the land of promise & I beheld multitudes of People yea even as it were in number as many as the sand of the Sea & it came to pass that I beheld multitudes gathered togethered to Battle <​one​> against the other & I beheld wars & rumors of wars & great slaughters with the sword among my People & it came to pass that I beheld many generations pass away after the manner of wars & contentions in the land & I beheld many Cities yea even that I did not number them & it came to pass that I saw a mist of darkness on the face of the land of promise & I saw lightnings & I heard thunderings & earthquakes & all manner of tumultuous noises & I saw the earth & the rocks that they rent & I saw mountains tumbling into pecies & I saw the plains of the earth that they were broken up & I saw many Cities that they were sunk & I saw many that they were burned with fire & I saw many that they did tumble to the earth because of the quakeing thereof & it came to pass that after I saw these things I saw the vapor of darkness that it passed from off the face of the earth & behold I saw multitudes which had fallen because of the great & terrible Judgments of the Lord & I saw the Heavens open & the Lamb of God decending out of Heaven & he came down & shewed himself unto them & I also saw & bear record that the Holy Ghost fell upon twelve others & they were ordained of God & chosen & the Angel spake unto me saying behold the twelve Desiples of the Lamb which are chosen to minister unto thy seed & he saith unto me thou remembereth the twelve Apostles of the Lamb behold they are they which shall Judge the twelve tribes of Israel wherefore the twelve ministers of thy seed shall be Judged of them for ye are of the house of Israel & these twelve ministers which thou beholdest shall [p. 18]
Lamb for thus were the twelve called by the angel of the Lord & the multitude of the earth was gathered together & I beheld that they were in a large & a spacious building like unto the building which my father saw & the Angel of the Lord spake unto me again saying behold the world & the wisdom thereof yea behold the House of Israel hath gathered together to fight against the twelve Apostles of the Lamb & it came to pass that I saw & bear record that the great & spacious building was the pride of the world & it fell & the fall thereof was exceding great & the Angel of the Lord spake unto me again saying thus shall be the destruction of all Nations Kindreds Tongues & People that shall fight against the twelve Apostles of the Lamb & it came to pass that the Angel said unto me look & behold thy seed & also the seed of thy brethren & I looked & beheld the land of promise & I beheld multitudes of People yea even as it were in number as many as the sand of the Sea & it came to pass that I beheld multitudes gathered togethered to Battle one against the other & I beheld wars & rumors of wars & great slaughters with the sword among my People & it came to pass that I beheld many generations pass away after the manner of wars & contentions in the land & I beheld many Cities yea even that I did not number them & it came to pass that I saw a mist of darkness on the face of the land of promise & I saw lightnings & I heard thunderings & earthquakes & all manner of tumultuous noises & I saw the earth & the rocks that they rent & I saw mountains tumbling into pecies & I saw the plains of the earth that they were broken up & I saw many Cities that they were sunk & I saw many that they were burned with fire & I saw many that they did tumble to the earth because of the quakeing thereof & it came to pass that after I saw these things I saw the vapor of darkness that it passed from off the face of the earth & behold I saw multitudes which had fallen because of the great & terrible Judgments of the Lord & I saw the Heavens open & the Lamb of God decending out of Heaven & he came down & shewed himself unto them & I also saw & bear record that the Holy Ghost fell upon twelve others & they were ordained of God & chosen & the Angel spake unto me saying behold the twelve Desiples of the Lamb which are chosen to minister unto thy seed & he saith unto me thou remembereth the twelve Apostles of the Lamb behold they are they which shall Judge the twelve tribes of Israel wherefore the twelve ministers of thy seed shall be Judged of them for ye are of the house of Israel & these twelve ministers which thou beholdest shall [p. 18]
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