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

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we had sailed for the space of many days we did arive to the promised land & we went forth upon the land & did pitch our tents & we did call it the promised land & it came to pass that we did begin to till the ground <​earth​> & we began to plant seeds yea we did put all our seeds into the earth which we hah had brought from the land of Jerusalem & it came to pass that they did grow excedingly wherefore we were blessed in abundance & it came to pass that we did find upon the land of promise as we journied in the wilderness that there were was beasts in the forests of every kind both the cow & the Ox & the Ass & the Horse & the goat & the wild goat & all manner of wild animels which were for the use of men & we did find all manner of ore both of gold & of Silver & of Copper & it came to pass that the Lord commanded me wherefore I did make plates of ore that I might engraven upon them the record of my People & upon the plates which I made I did engraven the record of my father & also our journyings in the wilderness & the Prophesies of my father & also many of mine own Prophesies have I engraven upon them & I knew not at that time when I made them that I should be commanded of the Lord to make these plates wherefore the record of my father & the genealogy of his forefathers & the more part of all our procedings in the wilderness are engraven upon those plates of which I have spoken wherefore the things which transpired before that I made these Plates are of a truth more particularly made mention upon the first plates & after that I made these plates by way of Commandment I Nephi received a commandment that the ministry & the prophesies the more plain & precious parts of them should be written upon them <​these​> plates & that the things which were written should be kept for the instruction of my People which should possess the land & also for other wise purposes which purposes are known unto the Lord wherefore I Nephi did make a record upon the other plates which gives an account or which gives a greater account of the wars & contentions & distructions of my People & this have I done & commanded my People that they should do after that I was gone & that these plates should be handed down from one generation to an other or from one Prophet to another untill further commandments of the Lord & an account of my making these plates shall be given hereafter & then behold I procede according to that which I have spoken & this I do that the more sacred things may be kept for the knowledge of my People nevertheless I do not write any thing upon plates save it be that I think to [p. 38]
we had sailed for the space of many days we did arive to the promised land & we went forth upon the land & did pitch our tents & we did call it the promised land & it came to pass that we did begin to till the earth & we began to plant seeds yea we did put all our seeds into the earth which we had brought from the land of Jerusalem & it came to pass that they did grow excedingly wherefore we were blessed in abundance & it came to pass that we did find upon the land of promise as we journied in the wilderness that there was beasts in the forests of every kind both the cow & the Ox & the Ass & the Horse & the goat & the wild goat & all manner of wild animels which were for the use of men & we did find all manner of ore both of gold & of Silver & of Copper & it came to pass that the Lord commanded me wherefore I did make plates of ore that I might engraven upon them the record of my People & upon the plates which I made I did engraven the record of my father & also our journyings in the wilderness & the Prophesies of my father & also many of mine own Prophesies have I engraven upon them & I knew not at that time when I made them that I should be commanded of the Lord to make these plates wherefore the record of my father & the genealogy of his forefathers & the more part of all our procedings in the wilderness are engraven upon those plates of which I have spoken wherefore the things which transpired before that I made these Plates are of a truth more particularly made mention upon the first plates & after that I made these plates by way of Commandment I Nephi received a commandment that the ministry & the prophesies the more plain & precious parts of them should be written upon these plates & that the things which were written should be kept for the instruction of my People which should possess the land & also for other wise purposes which purposes are known unto the Lord wherefore I Nephi did make a record upon the other plates which gives an account or which gives a greater account of the wars & contentions & distructions of my People & this have I done & commanded my People that they should do after that I was gone & that these plates should be handed down from one generation to an other or from one Prophet to another untill further commandments of the Lord & an account of my making these plates shall be given hereafter & then behold I procede according to that which I have spoken & this I do that the more sacred things may be kept for the knowledge of my People nevertheless I do not write any thing upon plates save it be that I think [p. 38]
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