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

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  • Historical Introduction
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good or evil life or death joy or sorrow <remorse> of conscience now seeing that I know these things why should I desire more thn to perform the work to which I have been called why should I desire that I was an angel that I could speak unto all the ends of the earth for behold the Lord doth grant unto all Nations of their own Nation & tongue to teach his word yea in wisdom all that he seeth fit that they should have therefore we see that the Lord doth council in wisdom according to that which is just & true I know that which the Lord hath commanded me & I glory in it I do not glory of myself but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me yea & this is my glory that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance & thus this is my joy & behold when I see many of my brethren truly penitent & coming to the Lord their God then is my soul filled with joy then do I remember what the Lord has done for me yea even that he hath heard my prayer yea then do I remember his merciful arm which he extended towards me yea & I also remember the captivity of my fathers for I surely do know that the Lord did deliver them out of bondage & by this did establish his church yea the Lord God the God of Abraham the God of Isaac & the God of Jacob did deliver them out of bondage yea I have always remembered the captivity of my fathers & that same God who delivered them out of the hands of the Egyptians did deliver them out of bondage yea & that same God did establish his church among them yea & that same God hath called me by a holy calling to preach the word unto this people & hath given me much success inthewhich my joy is full but I do not goy in my own succss alone but my joy is more full because of the success of my brethren which have been up to the land of Nephi behold they have laboured excedingly & have brought forth much fruit & how great shall be their reward now when I think of the success of these my brethren my soul is carried away even to the separation of it from the body as it were so great is my joy & now may God grant unto these my brethren that they may sit down in the kingdom of God yea & also all those whch are the fruit of their labours that they may go no more out but that they may praise him forever & may God grant that it may be done according to my words even as I have spoken Amen
Alma, Chapter 16 [Alma 30–35]
—— Chapter [blank]—— Behold now it came to pass that after the people of Ammon were established in the land of Jershon yea & also after the Lamanites were driven out of the land & their dead were buried by the people of the land now their dead were not numbered because of the greatness of their numbers neither were the dead of the Nephites numbered but it came to pass that after they had buried their & also after the days of fasting & mourning & prayer & it was in the sixteenth <year> of the reign of the Judges over the peop <the people> [p. 244]
good or evil life or death joy or remorse of conscience now seeing that I know these things why should I desire more thn to perform the work to which I have been called why should I desire that I was an angel that I could speak unto all the ends of the earth for behold the Lord doth grant unto all Nations of their own Nation & tongue to teach his word yea in wisdom all that he seeth fit that they should have therefore we see that the Lord doth council in wisdom according to that which is just & true I know that which the Lord hath commanded me & I glory in it I do not glory of myself but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me yea & this is my glory that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance & this is my joy & behold when I see many of my brethren truly penitent & coming to the Lord their God then is my soul filled with joy then do I remember what the Lord has done for me yea even that he hath heard my prayer yea then do I remember his merciful arm which he extended towards me yea & I also remember the captivity of my fathers for I surely do know that the Lord did deliver them out of bondage & by this did establish his church yea the Lord God the God of Abraham the God of Isaac & the God of Jacob did deliver them out of bondage yea I have always remembered the captivity of my fathers & that same God who delivered them out of the hands of the Egyptians did deliver them out of bondage yea & that same God did establish his church among them yea & that same God hath called me by a holy calling to preach the word unto this people & hath given me much success inthewhich my joy is full but I do not goy in my own succss alone but my joy is more full because of the success of my brethren which have been up to the land of Nephi behold they have laboured excedingly & have brought forth much fruit & how great shall be their reward now when I think of the success of these my brethren my soul is carried away even to the separation of it from the body as it were so great is my joy & now may God grant unto these my brethren that they may sit down in the kingdom of God yea & also all those whch are the fruit of their labours that they may go no more out but that they may praise him forever & may God grant that it may be done according to my words even as I have spoken Amen
Alma, Chapter 16 [Alma 30–35]
—— Chapter [blank]—— Behold now it came to pass that after the people of Ammon were established in the land of Jershon yea & also after the Lamanites were driven out of the land & their dead were buried by the people of the land now their dead were not numbered because of the greatness of their numbers neither were the dead of the Nephites numbered but it came to pass that after they had buried their & also after the days of fasting & mourning & prayer & it was in the sixteenth year of the reign of the Judges over the people [p. 244]
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