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

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ness of the children of men yea even they are less than the dust of the earth for behold the dust of the earth moveth hither & thither to the dividing asunder at the command of our great & everlasting God yea behold at his voice doth the hills & the mountains tremble & quake & by the power of his voice they are broken up & become smoth yea even like unto a vally yea by the power of his voice doth the whole earth shake yea by the power of his voice doth the foundations rock even to the verry sentre yea & if he say saieth unto the earth move & it is moved yea if he say unto the earth thou shalt go back that it lengthen out the day for many hours & it is done & thus according to his word the earth goeth back & it appeareth unto man that the Sun standeth still yea & behold this is so for sure it is the earth that moveth & not the Sun & behold also if he saieth unto the waters of the great deep be thou dried up & it is done behold if he saieth unto this Mountain be thou raised up & come over & fall upon that City that it be buried up & behold it is done & behold if a man hideth up a treasure in the earth & the Lord shall say let it be acursed because of the iniquity of him that hath had it up behold it shall be acursed & if the Lord shall say be thou acursed that no man shall find thee from this time henceforth & forever & behold no man geteth it henceforth & forever & behold if the Lord shall say unto a man because of thine iniquities thou shalt be a cursed forever & it shall be done & if the Lord shall say because of thine iniquities thou shalt be cut off from my presance & he will cause that it shall be so & wo unto whom he shall say this for it shall be unto him that will do iniquity & he cannot be saved therefore for this cause that men might be saved hath repentance been declared therefore blessed are they who will repent & hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God for these are they that shall be saved & may God grant in his great fulness that men might be brought unto repentance & good works that they might be restored unto grace for grace according to their works & I would that all men might be saved for <but> we read that in that great & last day there are some which shall be cast out yea which shall be cast off from the presance of the Lord yea which shall be consigned to a state of endless miseary fulfilling the words which say <saieth> they that have done good shall have everlasting life & they that have done evil shall have everlasting damnation & thus it is Amen——
Helaman, Chapter 5 [Helaman 13–16]
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The prophecy of Samuel the Lamanite to the Nephites
And now it came to pass in the eighty & sixth year the Nephites did still remain in wickedness yea in great wickedness while the Lamanites did observe <strictly> to keep the commandments of God according to the law of Moses & it came to pass that in this year there was one Samuel a Lamanite came into the land of Zarahemla & began to preach unto the people & it came to pass that he did preach many day repentance unto the people & they did cast him out & he was about to return to his own land but behold the <voice> of the Lord came unto him that he should return again & prophesy unto the people whatsoever things should [p. 355]
ness of the children of men yea even they are less than the dust of the earth for behold the dust of the earth moveth hither & thither to the dividing asunder at the command of our great & everlasting God yea behold at his voice doth the hills & the mountains tremble & quake & by the power of his voice they are broken up & become smoth yea even like unto a vally yea by the power of his voice doth the whole earth shake yea by the power of his voice doth the foundations rock even to the verry sentre yea & if he saieth unto the earth move & it is moved yea if he say unto the earth thou shalt go back that it lengthen out the day for many hours & it is done & thus according to his word the earth goeth back & it appeareth unto man that the Sun standeth still yea & behold this is so for sure it is the earth that moveth & not the Sun & behold also if he saieth unto the waters of the great deep be thou dried up & it is done behold if he saieth unto this Mountain be thou raised up & come over & fall upon that City that it be buried up & behold it is done & behold if a man hideth up a treasure in the earth & the Lord shall say let it be acursed because of the iniquity of him that hath had it up behold it shall be acursed & if the Lord shall say be thou acursed that no man shall find thee from this time henceforth & forever & behold no man geteth it henceforth & forever & behold if the Lord shall say unto a man because of thine iniquities thou shalt be a cursed forever & it shall be done & if the Lord shall say because of thine iniquities thou shalt be cut off from my presance & he will cause that it shall be so & wo unto whom he shall say this for it shall be unto him that will do iniquity & he cannot be saved therefore for this cause that men might be saved hath repentance been declared therefore blessed are they who will repent & hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God for these are they that shall be saved & may God grant in his great fulness that men might be brought unto repentance & good works that they might be restored unto grace for grace according to their works & I would that all men might be saved but we read that in that great & last day there are some which shall be cast out yea which shall be cast off from the presance of the Lord yea which shall be consigned to a state of endless miseary fulfilling the words which saieth they that have done good shall have everlasting life & they that have done evil shall have everlasting damnation & thus it is Amen——
Helaman, Chapter 5 [Helaman 13–16]
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The prophecy of Samuel the Lamanite to the Nephites
And now it came to pass in the eighty & sixth year the Nephites did still remain in wickedness yea in great wickedness while the Lamanites did observe strictly to keep the commandments of God according to the law of Moses & it came to pass that in this year there was one Samuel a Lamanite came into the land of Zarahemla & began to preach unto the people & it came to pass that he did preach many day repentance unto the people & they did cast him out & he was about to return to his own land but behold the voice of the Lord came unto him that he should return again & prophesy unto the people whatsoever things should [p. 355]
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