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

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hunger thirst & fateague & after all these sufferings we must perish in the wilderness with hungar & thus they did murmur against my father & also against me & they were desireous to return again to Jerusalem & Laman saith unto Lemuel & also unto the Sons of Ishmael behold let us slay our father & also our Brother Nephi who hath taken it upon him to be our ruler & our teacher who are his elder Brethren now he saith that the Lord hath talked with him & also that Angels hath ministered unto him but behold we know that he lieth unto us & he telleth us these things & he worketh many things by his cunning arts that he may deceive our eyes thinking perhaps that he may lead us away into some strange wilderness & after that he hath lead us away he hath thought to make himself a King & a ruler over us that he may do with us according to his will & pleasure & after this manner did my Brother Laman stir up their hearts to anger & it came to pass that the Lord was with us yea even the voice of the Lord came & did speak many words unto them & did chasten them excedingly & after that they were chastened by the voice of the Lord they did turn away their anger & did repent of their Sins insomuch that the Lord did bless us again with food that we did not perish & it came to pass that we did again take our journy in the wilderness & we did travel nearly eastward from that time forth & we did travel & wade through much afflictions in the wilderness & our women bare children in the wilderness & so great was the blessings of the Lord upon us that while we did live upon raw meat in the wilderness our women did give plenty of suck for their children & were strong yea even like unto the men & they began to bear their journyings without murmurings & thus we see that the commandments of God must be fulfiled & if it so be that the Children of men keep the commandments of God he doth nourish them <​them &​> strengthen them & provide means whereby they can accomplish the thing which he hath Commanded them wherefore he did provide means for us while we did sojourn in the wilderness & we did sojourn for the space of many years yea even eight years in the wilderness & we did come to the land which we called Bountiful because of its much fruit & also wild honey & all these things were prepared of the Lord that we might not perish & we beheld the Sea which we called Irreantum which being interpreted is many waters & it came to pass that we did pitch our tents by the Sea Shore & notwithstanding we had suffered many afflictions & much difficulty yea even somuch that we cannot write them all we was excedingly rejoiced when we came to the Sea shore & we called the [p. 31]
hunger thirst & fateague & after all these sufferings we must perish in the wilderness with hungar & thus they did murmur against my father & also against me & they were desireous to return again to Jerusalem & Laman saith unto Lemuel & also unto the Sons of Ishmael behold let us slay our father & also our Brother Nephi who hath taken it upon him to be our ruler & our teacher who are his elder Brethren now he saith that the Lord hath talked with him & also that Angels hath ministered unto him but behold we know that he lieth unto us & he telleth us these things & he worketh many things by his cunning arts that he may deceive our eyes thinking perhaps that he may lead us away into some strange wilderness & after that he hath lead us away he hath thought to make himself a King & a ruler over us that he may do with us according to his will & pleasure & after this manner did my Brother Laman stir up their hearts to anger & it came to pass that the Lord was with us yea even the voice of the Lord came & did speak many words unto them & did chasten them excedingly & after that they were chastened by the voice of the Lord they did turn away their anger & did repent of their Sins insomuch that the Lord did bless us again with food that we did not perish & it came to pass that we did again take our journy in the wilderness & we did travel nearly eastward from that time forth & we did travel & wade through much affliction in the wilderness & our women bare children in the wilderness & so great was the blessings of the Lord upon us that while we did live upon raw meat in the wilderness our women did give plenty of suck for their children & were strong yea even like unto the men & they began to bear their journyings without murmurings & thus we see that the commandments of God must be fulfiled & if it so be that the Children of men keep the commandments of God he doth nourish them & strengthen them & provide means whereby they can accomplish the thing which he hath Commanded them wherefore he did provide means for us while we did sojourn in the wilderness & we did sojourn for the space of many years yea even eight years in the wilderness & we did come to the land which we called Bountiful because of its much fruit & also wild honey & all these things were prepared of the Lord that we might not perish & we beheld the Sea which we called Irreantum which being interpreted is many waters & it came to pass that we did pitch our tents by the Sea Shore & notwithstanding we had suffered many afflictions & much difficulty yea even somuch that we cannot write them all we was excedingly rejoiced when we came to the Sea shore & we called the [p. 31]
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