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

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heart be full of thanks unto God & if ye always do these things ye shall be lifted up at the last day & now my Son I have somewhat to say concerning the thing which our fathers call a ball or director or our father called it Liahona which is being interpreted a compass & the Lord prepared it & behold there cannot any man work after the manner of so curious a workmanship & behold it was prepared to shew unto our fathers the course of <​which​> they should travail in the wilderness & it did work for them according to their faith in God therefore if they had faith to believe that God could cause that those spindels should point the way they should go behold it was done therefore they had this miracle & also many other miracels wrought by the power of God day by day nevertheless because those miracels were worked by small means nevertheless it did shew unto them marvelous works they were slothful & forgat to execise their faith & diligence & then those marvelous works ceased & they did not progress in their journey therefore they tarried in the wilderness or did not travail a direct course & were afflicted with hunger & thirst because of their transgressions & now my Son I would that ye should understand that these things are not without a shadow for as our fathers were slothful to give heed to this compass now these things were temporal they did not prosper even so it is with things which are spiritual for behold it is <​as​> easy to give heed to the word of Christ which will point to you a strait course to eternal bliss as it was for our fathers to give heed to this compass which would point unto them a strait course to the promised land & now I say is there not a type in this thing for just as suredly as this director did bring our fathers by following its course to the promised land shall the word of Christ if we follow t course carry us beyond this vale of tears into a far better land of promise O my Son do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way for so was it with our fathers for so was it prepared for them that if they would look they might live even so it is with us the way is prepared & if we will look we may live forever & now my Son see that ye take care of these sacred things yea see that ye look to God & live go unto this people & declare the word & be sober my Son farewell—
Alma, Chapter 18 [Alma 38]
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The Commandments of Alma to his Son Shiblon
My Son give ear to my words for I say unto you even as I said unto Helaman that inasmuch as ye shall keep the commandments of God ye shall prosper in the land & in as much as ye will not keep the commandments of God ye shall be cut off from his presance & now my Son I trust that I shall have great joy in you [p. 266]
heart be full of thanks unto God & if ye always do these things ye shall be lifted up at the last day & now my Son I have somewhat to say concerning the thing which our fathers call a ball or director or our father called it Liahona which is being interpreted a compass & the Lord prepared it & behold there cannot any man work after the manner of so curious a workmanship & behold it was prepared to shew unto our fathers the course which they should travail in the wilderness & it did work for them according to their faith in God therefore if they had faith to believe that God could cause that those spindels should point the way they should go behold it was done therefore they had this miracle & also many other miracels wrought by the power of God day by day nevertheless because those miracels were worked by small means nevertheless it did shew unto them marvelous works they were slothful & forgat to execise their faith & diligence & then those marvelous works ceased & they did not progress in their journey therefore they tarried in the wilderness or did not travail a direct course & were afflicted with hunger & thirst because of their transgressions & now my Son I would that ye should understand that these things are not without a shadow for as our fathers were slothful to give heed to this compass now these things were temporal they did not prosper even so it is with things which are spiritual for behold it is as easy to give heed to the word of Christ which will point to you a strait course to eternal bliss as it was for our fathers to give heed to this compass which would point unto them a strait course to the promised land & now I say is there not a type in this thing for just as suredly as this director did bring our fathers by following its course to the promised land shall the word of Christ if we follow t course carry us beyond this vale of tears into a far better land of promise O my Son do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way for so was it with our fathers for so was it prepared for them that if they would look they might live even so it is with us the way is prepared & if we will look we may live forever & now my Son see that ye take care of these sacred things yea see that ye look to God & live go unto this people & declare the word & be sober my Son farewell—
Alma, Chapter 18 [Alma 38]
Chapter [blank]
The Commandments of Alma to his Son Shiblon
My Son give ear to my words for I say unto you even as I said unto Helaman that inasmuch as ye shall keep the commandments of God ye shall prosper in the land & in as much as ye will not keep the commandments of God ye shall be cut off from his presance & now my Son I trust that I shall have great joy in you [p. 266]
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