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

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behold I do make the record on plates which I have made with mine own hands & behold I am called Mormon being called after the land of Mormon the land inthewhich Alma did establish the church among this people yea the first church which was established among them after their transgression yea <​behold​> I am a Desiple of Jesus Christ the Son of God I have been called of him to declare his word among his people that they might have everlasting life & it hath become expediant that I according to the will of God that the prayer of those which have gone hence which were the holy ons should be fulfilled according to their faith should make a record of these things which have been done yea a small record of that which hath taken place from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem even down until the presant time therefore I do make my record from the accounts which hath been given by those which were before me until the commencement of my day & then do I make a record of the things which I have seen with mine own eyes & I know the record which I make to be a just & a true record nevertheless there are many things which according to our language we are not able to write & now I make an end of my saying which is of myself & prosede to give my account of the things which hath been before me I am Mormon & a pure decendant of Lehi I have reason to bless my God & my Saviour Jesus Christ that he brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem & no one knew it save it were himself & those which he brought out of that land & thus <​that​> he hath given me & my people so much knowledge unto the salvation of our souls surely he hath blessed the house of Jacob & hath been merciful unto the seed of Joseph & in as much as the children of Lehi hath kept his commandments he hath blessed them & prospered them according to his word yea & surely shall he again bring a remnant of the seed of Joseph to the knowledge of the Lord their God & as surely as the Lord liveth will he gather in from the four quarters of the earth all the remnant of the seed of Jacob which are scattered abroad upon all the face of the earth & as he hath covenanted with all the house of Jacob even so shall the covenant wherewith he hath covenanted with the house of Jacob be fulfilled in his own due time unto the restoreing all the house of Jacob unto the knowledge of the covenant that he hath covenanted with them & then shall they know their redeemer which is Jesus Christ the Son of God & then shall they be gathered in from the four quarters of the earth unto their own lands from whence they have been disperced yea as the Lord liveth so shall it be Amen——
Third Nephi, Chapter 3 [3 Nephi 6–7]
Chapter [blank]—— And now it came to pass that the people of the Nephites did all return to their own lands in the twenty & sixth year every man with his family his flocks & <​his​> herds his horses & his cattle & all things whatsoever did belong unto them & it came to pass that they had not eaten up all their provisions therefore they did take with them all that they had not devoured <​of​> all their grain of every kind & their gold & their silver & all their precious things & they did return to their own lands & their possessions both on the north & on the south both on the land northward & on the land southward & they granted unto those robbers which had entered into a covenant to keep the peace of the land which were desireous to remain Lamanites lands according to their numbers that they might have with their labours [p. 372]
behold I do make the record on plates which I have made with mine own hands & behold I am called Mormon being called after the land of Mormon the land inthewhich Alma did establish the church among this people yea the first church which was established among them after their transgression behold I am a Desiple of Jesus Christ the Son of God I have been called of him to declare his word among his people that they might have everlasting life & it hath become expediant that I according to the will of God that the prayer of those which have gone hence which were the holy ons should be fulfilled according to their faith should make a record of these things which have been done yea a small record of that which hath taken place from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem even down until the presant time therefore I do make my record from the accounts which hath been given by those which were before me until the commencement of my day & then do I make a record of the things which I have seen with mine own eyes & I know the record which I make to be a just & a true record nevertheless there are many things which according to our language we are not able to write & now I make an end of my saying which is of myself & prosede to give my account of the things which hath been before me I am Mormon & a pure decendant of Lehi I have reason to bless my God & my Saviour Jesus Christ that he brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem & no one knew it save it were himself & those which he brought out of that land & that he hath given me & my people so much knowledge unto the salvation of our souls surely he hath blessed the house of Jacob & hath been merciful unto the seed of Joseph & in as much as the children of Lehi hath kept his commandments he hath blessed them & prospered them according to his word yea & surely shall he again bring a remnant of the seed of Joseph to the knowledge of the Lord their God & as surely as the Lord liveth will he gather in from the four quarters of the earth all the remnant of the seed of Jacob which are scattered abroad upon all the face of the earth & as he hath covenanted with all the house of Jacob even so shall the covenant wherewith he hath covenanted with the house of Jacob be fulfilled in his own due time unto the restoreing all the house of Jacob unto the knowledge of the covenant that he hath covenanted with them & then shall they know their redeemer which is Jesus Christ the Son of God & then shall they be gathered in from the four quarters of the earth unto their own lands from whence they have been disperced yea as the Lord liveth so shall it be Amen——
Third Nephi, Chapter 3 [3 Nephi 6–7]
Chapter [blank]—— And now it came to pass that the people of the Nephites did all return to their own lands in the twenty & sixth year every man with his family his flocks & his herds his horses & his cattle & all things whatsoever did belong unto them & it came to pass that they had not eaten up all their provisions therefore they did take with them all that they had not devoured of all their grain of every kind & their gold & their silver & all their precious things & they did return to their own lands & their possessions both on the north & on the south both on the land northward & on the land southward & they granted unto those robbers which had entered into a covenant to keep the peace of the land which were desireous to remain Lamanites lands according to their numbers that they might have with their labours [p. 372]
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