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

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why will he not shew himself unto us as well as unto they which shall be unto Jerusalem yea why will he not shew himself in this land as well as in the land of Jerusalem but behold we know that this is a wicked tradition which has been handed down unto us by our fathers to cause us that we should believe in some great & marvelous thing which should come to pass but not among us but in a land which is far distant a land which we know not therefore they can keep us in ignorence for we cannot witness with our own eyes that they are true & they will by the cunning & the mysterious arts of the evil one work some great mystery which we can not understand which will keep us down to be servants to their words & also servants unto them for we depend upon them to teach us the word & thus will they keep us in ignorance if we yield ourselves unto them all the days of our lives & many more things did the people imagine up in their hearts which were foolish & vain & they were much disterbed for Satan did stir them up to do iniquity continually yea he did go about spreading rumors & contentions upon all the face of the land that he might harden the hearts of the people against that which was good & against that which should come & notwithstanding the signs & the wonders which was wrought among the people of the Lord & the many miracels which they did Satan did get great hold upon the hearts of the people upon all the face of the land & thus ended the ninetieth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi & thus ended the Book of Helaman according to the record of Helaman & his Sons——
Third Nephi, Chapter 1 [3 Nephi 1–2]
—— The Book of Nephi the Son of Nephi Which was the Son of Helaman & Helaman was the Son of Helaman which was the Son of Alma which was the Son of Alma being a decendant of Nephi which was the Son of Lehi which came out of Jerusalem in the first year of the reign of Zedekiah the king of Judah——
Chapter—— [blank]—— Now it came to pass that the ninety & first year had passed away & it was <​was​> six hundred years from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem & it was in the year that La con Lachoneus was the chief Judge & the governor over the land of Nephi & the Son of Helaman had departed out of the land of Zarahemla giveing charge unto his Son Nephi which was his eldest Son concerning the plates of Brass & all the records which had been kept & all those things which had been kept sacred from the departure of Lehi out of Jerusalem then he departed out of the land & whether he went no man knoweth & his Son Nephi did keep the record in his stead ye the record of this people & it came to pass that in the commencement of the minety & second year behold the prophecies of the prophets began to be fulfilled more fully for there began to be greater signs & greater miracels wrought among the people but there were some whih began to say that the time was past for the words to be fulfilled which was spoken by Samuel the Lamanite & they began to rejoice over their brethren saying behold the time is past & the words of Samuel is <​are​> not fulfilled therefore your joy & your faith [p. 363]
why will he not shew himself unto us as well as unto they which shall be unto Jerusalem yea why will he not shew himself in this land as well as in the land of Jerusalem but behold we know that this is a wicked tradition which has been handed down unto us by our fathers to cause us that we should believe in some great & marvelous thing which should come to pass but not among us but in a land which is far distant a land which we know not therefore they can keep us in ignorence for we cannot witness with our own eyes that they are true & they will by the cunning & the mysterious arts of the evil one work some great mystery which we can not understand which will keep us down to be servants to their words & also servants unto them for we depend upon them to teach us the word & thus will they keep us in ignorance if we yield ourselves unto them all the days of our lives & many more things did the people imagine up in their hearts which were foolish & vain & they were much disterbed for Satan did stir them up to do iniquity continually yea he did go about spreading rumors & contentions upon all the face of the land that he might harden the hearts of the people against that which was good & against that which should come & notwithstanding the signs & the wonders which was wrought among the people of the Lord & the many miracels which they did Satan did get great hold upon the hearts of the people upon all the face of the land & thus ended the ninetieth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi & thus ended the Book of Helaman according to the record of Helaman & his Sons——
Third Nephi, Chapter 1 [3 Nephi 1–2]
—— The Book of Nephi the Son of Nephi Which was the Son of Helaman & Helaman was the Son of Helaman which was the Son of Alma which was the Son of Alma being a decendant of Nephi which was the Son of Lehi which came out of Jerusalem in the first year of the reign of Zedekiah the king of Judah——
Chapter—— [blank]—— Now it came to pass that the ninety & first year had passed away & it was six hundred years from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem & it was in the year that Lachoneus was the chief Judge & the governor over the land of Nephi the Son of Helaman had departed out of the land of Zarahemla giveing charge unto his Son Nephi which was his eldest Son concerning the plates of Brass & all the records which had been kept & all those things which had been kept sacred from the departure of Lehi out of Jerusalem then he departed out of the land & whether he went no man knoweth & his Son Nephi did keep the record in his stead ye the record of this people & it came to pass that in the commencement of the minety & second year behold the prophecies of the prophets began to be fulfilled more fully for there began to be greater signs & greater miracels wrought among the people but there were some whih began to say that the time was past for the words to be fulfilled which was spoken by Samuel the Lamanite & they began to rejoice over their brethren saying behold the time is past & the words of Samuel are not fulfilled therefore your joy & your faith [p. 363]
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