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

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& these things do the spirit manifest unto me therefore I write unto you all & for this cause I write unto you that ye may know that ye must all stand before the gudgement seat of Christ yea every soul wh◊◊h belongs to the whole human family of Adam & ye must stand to be judged of your works whether they be good or evil & also that ye may believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ which ye shall have among you & also that the jews the covenant People of the Lord shall have other witness besides that which they saw & heard that Jesus whom they slew was the very Christ & the very God & I would that I could perswade all ye ends of the earth to repent & prepare to stand before the judgement seat of Christ——
Mormon, Chapter 2 [Mormon 4–5]
Chapter IId And now it came to pass that in the three hundred & sixty & third year the Nephites did go up with their armies to battle against the Lamanites out of the land of desolation & it come to pass that the armies of the Nephites were driven back again to the land of desolation & while they were yet weary a fresh army of the Lamanites did come upon them & they had a sore battle in somuch that the Lamanites did take possession of the city Desolation & did slay many of the Nehites & did take many prisoners & the remainder did flee & join the inhabitants of the City Teancum now the City Teancum lay in the borders by the sea shore & it was also near the City Desolation & it was because tht the armies of the Nephites went up unto the Lamanites that they began to be smitten for were it not for that the Lamanites could have had no power over them but behold the Judgements of God will overtake the wicked & it is by the wicked that the wicked are punished for it is the wicked that stireth up the hearts of the Children of men unto bloodshed & it came to pass that the Lamanites did make peperation to come against the city Teancum & it came to pass in the three hundred & sixty & fourth year the Lamanites did come against the city Teancum that they might take possession of the City Teancum also, & it came to pass that they were repulsed & driven back by the Nephites & when the Nephites saw that they had driven the Lamanites they did again boast of their own strength & they went forth in their own might & took possession again of the city desolaton & now all these things had been done & there had been thousands slain on both sides both the Nephites & the Lamanites & it came to pass that <the> three hundred & sixty & sixth year had passed away. & the Lamanites came again upon the Nephites to battle & yet the Nephites repented not of the evil which they had done but persisted in their wickedness continually & it is impossible for the tongue to desbribe or for man to write a perfect description of the horrible Scene of the blood & carnage which was among the People both of the Nephites & of the Lamanites & every heart was hardened so that they delighted in the seding of Blood continually & there never had been so great wikedness among all the children of Lehi nor even among all the House off Israel according to the words of the Lord as were among this People & it came to pass that the Lamanites did take possession of the city dsolation & this because their numbr did exceed the number of the Nephites & they did also march forward against the city Teancum & did drive the inhabitants forth out of her & did take many prisoners of women & of children & did offer them up as sacrifices unto their Idol Gods [p. 418]
& these things do the spirit manifest unto me therefore I write unto you all & for this cause I write unto you that ye may know that ye must all stand before the gudgement seat of Christ yea every soul whh belongs to the whole human family of Adam & ye must stand to be judged of your works whether they be good or evil & also that ye may believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ which ye shall have among you & also that the jews the covenant People of the Lord shall have other witness besides that which they saw & heard that Jesus whom they slew was the very Christ & the very God & I would that I could perswade all ye ends of the earth to repent & prepare to stand before the judgement seat of Christ——
Mormon, Chapter 2 [Mormon 4–5]
Chapter IId And now it came to pass that in the three hundred & sixty & third year the Nephites did go up with their armies to battle against the Lamanites out of the land of desolation & it come to pass that the armies of the Nephites were driven back again to the land of desolation & while they were yet weary a fresh army of the Lamanites did come upon them & they had a sore battle in somuch that the Lamanites did take possession of the city Desolation & did slay many of the Nehites & did take many prisoners & the remainder did flee & join the inhabitants of the City Teancum now the City Teancum lay in the borders by the sea shore & it was also near the City Desolation & it was because tht the armies of the Nephites went up unto the Lamanites that they began to be smitten for were it not for that the Lamanites could have had no power over them but behold the Judgements of God will overtake the wicked & it is by the wicked that the wicked are punished for it is the wicked that stireth up the hearts of the Children of men unto bloodshed & it came to pass that the Lamanites did make peperation to come against the city Teancum & it came to pass in the three hundred & sixty & fourth year the Lamanites did come against the city Teancum that they might take possession of the City Teancum also, & it came to pass that they were repulsed & driven back by the Nephites & when the Nephites saw that they had driven the Lamanites they did again boast of their own strength & they went forth in their own might & took possession again of the city desolaton & now all these things had been done & there had been thousands slain on both sides both the Nephites & the Lamanites & it came to pass that the three hundred & sixty & sixth year had passed away. & the Lamanites came again upon the Nephites to battle & yet the Nephites repented not of the evil which they had done but persisted in their wickedness continually & it is impossible for the tongue to desbribe or for man to write a perfect description of the horrible Scene of the blood & carnage which was among the People both of the Nephites & of the Lamanites & every heart was hardened so that they delighted in the seding of Blood continually & there never had been so great wikedness among all the children of Lehi nor even among all the House of Israel according to the words of the Lord as were among this People & it came to pass that the Lamanites did take possession of the city dsolation & this because their numbr did exceed the number of the Nephites & they did also march forward against the city Teancum & did drive the inhabitants forth out of her & did take many prisoners of women & of children & did offer them up as sacrifices unto their Idol Gods [p. 418]
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