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

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die would he be afraid he should die if he should murder & also if there was no law given against sin men would not be afrade to sin & if there was no law given <​if men​> sined what could justice do or mercy eather <​either​> for they would have no claim upon the creture but there is a law given & a punishment affixed & repentance granted which repentance mercy claimeth otherwise justice claimeth the creture & executeth the law & the law inflicteth the punishment if not so the works of justice would be destroyed & God woud <​would​> cease to be God but God ceaseth not to be God & mercy claimeth the penitant & mercy cometh because of the atonement & the atonement bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead <​& the resurrection​> of the dead bringing back men into the presance of God & thus they are restored into his presance to be judged according to their works according to the law & justice for behold justice exerciseth all his demands & also mercy claimeth all which is her own & thus none but the truly penitent are saved what do ye suppose that mercy can rob justice I say unto you nay not one whit if so God would cease to be God & thus God bringeth about his great & eternal purposses which was prepared from the foundation of the world & thus cometh about the salvation <​&​> the redemption of men & also their destruction & miseary therefore O my Son whosoever will come may <​may​> come & partake of the waters of life freely & whosoever will not come the same is not compelled to come but in the last day it shall be restored unto him according to his deeds if he hath desired to do evil & hath not repented in his days behold evil shall be done unto him according to the restoration of God & now my Son I desire <​that​> ye should let these things trouble you no more & only led <​let​> your sins trouble you with that trouble which shall bring you down unto repentance O my Son I desire that ye should deny the justice of God no more do not endeavor to excuse yourself in the least point because of your sins by denying the justice of God but do you let the justice of God & his mercy & his long suffering have full sway in your heart but let it bring you down to the dust in humility & now my Son ye are called of God to preach the word unto this people & now my Son go thy way declare the word with truth & soberness that thou mayest bring souls unto repentance that the great plan of mercy may have claim upon them & may God grant unto you even according to my word. Amen——
Alma, Chapter 20 [Alma 43–44]
Chapter [blank]——
And now it came to pass that the Sons of Alma did go forth among the people to declare the word unto them & Alma also himself could not rest & he also went forth now we shall say no more concerning their preaching [p. 274]
die would he be afraid he should die if he should murder & also if there was no law given against sin men would not be afrade to sin & if there was no law given if men sined what could justice do or mercy either for they would have no claim upon the creture but there is a law given & a punishment affixed & repentance granted which repentance mercy claimeth otherwise justice claimeth the creture & executeth the law & the law inflicteth the punishment if not so the works of justice would be destroyed & God would cease to be God but God ceaseth not to be God & mercy claimeth the penitant & mercy cometh because of the atonement & the atonement bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead & the resurrection of the dead bringing back men into the presance of God & thus they are restored into his presance to be judged according to their works according to the law & justice for behold justice exerciseth all his demands & also mercy claimeth all which is her own & thus none but the truly penitent are saved what do ye suppose that mercy can rob justice I say unto you nay not one whit if so God would cease to be God & thus God bringeth about his great & eternal purposses which was prepared from the foundation of the world & thus cometh about the salvation & the redemption of men & also their destruction & miseary therefore O my Son whosoever will come may come & partake of the waters of life freely & whosoever will not come the same is not compelled to come but in the last day it shall be restored unto him according to his deeds if he hath desired to do evil & hath not repented in his days behold evil shall be done unto him according to the restoration of God & now my Son I desire that ye should let these things trouble you no more & only let your sins trouble you with that trouble which shall bring you down unto repentance O my Son I desire that ye should deny the justice of God no more do not endeavor to excuse yourself in the least point because of your sins by denying the justice of God but do you let the justice of God & his mercy & his long suffering have full sway in your heart but let it bring you down to the dust in humility & now my Son ye are called of God to preach the word unto this people & now my Son go thy way declare the word with truth & soberness that thou mayest bring souls unto repentance that the great plan of mercy may have claim upon them & may God grant unto you even according to my word. Amen——
Alma, Chapter 20 [Alma 43–44]
Chapter [blank]——
And now it came to pass that the Sons of Alma did go forth among the people to declare the word unto them & Alma also himself could not rest & he also went forth now we shall say no more concerning their preaching [p. 274]
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