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

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because of your stediness & your faithfulness unto God for as you have commenced in your youth to look to the Lord your God even so I hope that you will continue in keeping his commandments for blessed is he that endureth to the end I say unto you my Son that I have had great joy in thee already because of thy faithfulness & thy diligence & thy patience & thy long suffering among the people of the Zoramites for I knew that thou wast in bonds yea & I also knew that thou wast stoned for the words sake & thou didst bear all these things with patience because the Lord was with thee & now thou knowest that the Lord did deliver thee & now my Son Shiblon I would that ye should remember that as much as ye shall put your trust in God ye <​even​> so much ye shall be delivered out of your trials & your troubels & your afflictions & ye shall be lifted up as at the last day now my Son I would not that ye should think that I know these things of myself but it is the spirit of God which is in me which maketh these things known unto me for if I had not been born of God I should not have known these things but behold the Lord in his great mercy send <​sent​> his angel to declare unto me that I must stop the work of destruction among his people yea & I have seen a angel face to face & he spake with me & his voice was as thunder & it shook the whole earth & it <​came​> to pass that I was three days & three nights in the most bitter pain & anguish of Soul & never untill I did cry out unto the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy did I receive a remission of my sins but behold I did cry unto him & I did find peace to my soul & now my Son I have told you this that ye may learn wisdom that ye may learn of me that there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved only in & through Christ behold he is the life & the light of the world behold he is the word of truth & righteousness & now as ye have begun to teach the word even so I would that ye should continue to teach & I would that ye would be diligent & temperate in all things see that ye are not lifted up unto pride yea see that ye do not boast in your own wisdom nor of your much strenght use boldness but not overbareance & also see that ye bridle all your passions that ye may be filled with love see that ye refrain from idleness do not pray as the Zoramites do for ye have seen that they pray to be heard of men & to be praised for their wisdom do not say O God I thank thee that we are better then our brethren but rather say O Lord forgive my unworthiness & remember my brethren in mercy yea acknowledge your unworthiness before God at all times & may the Lord bless your soul & receive you at the last day into his Kingdom to sit down in peace now go my Son <​&​> teach the word unto this people be sober my son farewell——
Alma, Chapter 19 [Alma 39–42]
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The Commandments of Alma to his Son Corianton [p. 267]
because of your stediness & your faithfulness unto God for as you have commenced in your youth to look to the Lord your God even so I hope that you will continue in keeping his commandments for blessed is he that endureth to the end I say unto you my Son that I have had great joy in thee already because of thy faithfulness & thy diligence & thy patience & thy long suffering among the people of the Zoramites for I knew that thou wast in bonds yea & I also knew that thou wast stoned for the words sake & thou didst bear all these things with patience because the Lord was with thee & now thou knowest that the Lord did deliver thee & now my Son Shiblon I would that ye should remember that as much as ye shall put your trust in God even so much ye shall be delivered out of your trials & your troubels & your afflictions & ye shall be lifted up at the last day now my Son I would not that ye should think that I know these things of myself but it is the spirit of God which is in me which maketh these things known unto me for if I had not been born of God I should not have known these things but behold the Lord in his great mercy sent his angel to declare unto me that I must stop the work of destruction among his people yea & I have seen a angel face to face & he spake with me & his voice was as thunder & it shook the whole earth & it came to pass that I was three days & three nights in the most bitter pain & anguish of Soul & never untill I did cry out unto the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy did I receive a remission of my sins but behold I did cry unto him & I did find peace to my soul & now my Son I have told you this that ye may learn wisdom that ye may learn of me that there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved only in & through Christ behold he is the life & the light of the world behold he is the word of truth & righteousness & now as ye have begun to teach the word even so I would that ye should continue to teach & I would that ye would be diligent & temperate in all things see that ye are not lifted up unto pride yea see that ye do not boast in your own wisdom nor of your much strenght use boldness but not overbareance & also see that ye bridle all your passions that ye may be filled with love see that ye refrain from idleness do not pray as the Zoramites do for ye have seen that they pray to be heard of men & to be praised for their wisdom do not say O God I thank thee that we are better then our brethren but rather say O Lord forgive my unworthiness & remember my brethren in mercy yea acknowledge your unworthiness before God at all times & may the Lord bless your soul & receive you at the last day into his Kingdom to sit down in peace now go my Son & teach the word unto this people be sober my son farewell——
Alma, Chapter 19 [Alma 39–42]
Chapter [blank]
The Commandments of Alma to his Son Corianton [p. 267]
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