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

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  • Historical Introduction
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Alma, Chapter 17 [Alma 36–37]
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—— The Commandment of Alma to his Son Helaman—
My Son give ear to my words for I swear unto you that inasmuch as ye shall keep the Commandment<​s​> of God ye shall prosper in the land I would that ye should do as I have done in remembering the captivity of our fathers for they were in bondage & none could deliver them except it were the God of Abraham & the God of Isaac & the God of Jacob & he surely did deliver them in their afflictions & now O my Son Helaman behold thou art in thy youth & therefore I beseech of thee that thou wilt hear my words & learn of me for I do know that whomsoever shall put his trust in God shall be supported in their trials & their troubles & their afflictions & shall be lifted up at the last day & I would not that ye think that I know of myself not of the temporal but of the spiritual not of the carnal mind but of God now behold I say unto you if I had not been born of God I should not have known these things but God hath by the mouth of his holy angel made these things known unto me not of any worthiness of myself for I went about with the Sons of Mosiah seeking to destroy the church of God but behold God sent his holy angel to stop us by the way & behold he spake unto us as it were the voice of thunder & the whole earth did tremble beneath our feet & we all fell to the earth for the fear of the Lord came upon us but behold the voice said unto me arise & I arose & stood up & beheld the angel & he said unto me if thou wilt of thyself be destroyed seek no more to destroy the church of God & it came to pass that I fell to the earth & it was for the space of three days & nights that I could not open my mouth neither had I the use of my limbs the angel spake more things unto me which were heard by my brethren but I did not hear them for when I heard the words if thou wilt be destroyed of thyself seek no more to destroy the church of God I was struck with such great fear & amazement lest perhaps tht I should be destroyed that I fell to the earth & I did hear no more but I was racked with eternal torment for my soul was harrowed up to the greatest degree & racked with all my sins yea I did remember all my sins & iniquities for which I was tormented with the pains of hell yea I saw that I had rebelled against my God & that I had not kept his holy commandments yea & I had murdered many of his children or rather led them away unto destruction yea & in fine so great had been my iniquities that the verry thoughts of coming into the presance of my God did rack my Soul with inexpressible horror O thought I that I could be banished & become extinct both soul & body that I might not be brought to stand in the presance of my God to be judged of my deed[s] [p. 261]
Alma, Chapter 17 [Alma 36–37]
Chapter [blank]——
—— The Commandment of Alma to his Son Helaman—
My Son give ear to my words for I swear unto you that inasmuch as ye shall keep the Commandments of God ye shall prosper in the land I would that ye should do as I have done in remembering the captivity of our fathers for they were in bondage & none could deliver them except it were the God of Abraham & the God of Isaac & the God of Jacob & he surely did deliver them in their afflictions & now O my Son Helaman behold thou art in thy youth & therefore I beseech of thee that thou wilt hear my words & learn of me for I do know that whomsoever shall put his trust in God shall be supported in their trials & their troubles & their afflictions & shall be lifted up at the last day & I would not that ye think that I know of myself not of the temporal but of the spiritual not of the carnal mind but of God now behold I say unto you if I had not been born of God I should not have known these things but God hath by the mouth of his holy angel made these things known unto me not of any worthiness of myself for I went about with the Sons of Mosiah seeking to destroy the church of God but behold God sent his holy angel to stop us by the way & behold he spake unto us as it were the voice of thunder & the whole earth did tremble beneath our feet & we all fell to the earth for the fear of the Lord came upon us but behold the voice said unto me arise & I arose & stood up & beheld the angel & he said unto me if thou wilt of thyself be destroyed seek no more to destroy the church of God & it came to pass that I fell to the earth & it was for the space of three days & nights that I could not open my mouth neither had I the use of my limbs the angel spake more things unto me which were heard by my brethren but I did not hear them for when I heard the words if thou wilt be destroyed of thyself seek no more to destroy the church of God I was struck with such great fear & amazement lest perhaps tht I should be destroyed that I fell to the earth & I did hear no more but I was racked with eternal torment for my soul was harrowed up to the greatest degree & racked with all my sins yea I did remember all my sins & iniquities for which I was tormented with the pains of hell yea I saw that I had rebelled against my God & that I had not kept his holy commandments yea & I had murdered many of his children or rather led them away unto destruction yea & in fine so great had been my iniquities that the verry thoughts of coming into the presance of my God did rack my Soul with inexpressible horror O thought I that I could be banished & become extinct both soul & body that I might not be brought to stand in the presance of my God to be judged of my deeds [p. 261]
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