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

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Gospel of Christ which shall be set before you not only in the records but also in the record which shall come unto the Gentiles from the Jews which records shall come from the Gentiles unto you for behold this is written for the intent that ye may believe, that & if ye believe that ye will believe this also & if ye believe this ye will know concerning your Fathers & also the marvelous works which were wrought by the power of God among them & ye will also know that ye are a remnant of the seed of Jacob therefore ye are numberd among the People of the first covenant & if it so be that ye believe in Christ & are baptised first with water then with fire & with the Holy Ghost following the example of of our Saviour according to that which he hath commanded us it shall be well with you in the day of Judgement Amen==
Mormon, Chapter 4 [Mormon 8–9]
Chapter I[blank]== Behold I Moroni do finish the Record of my Father Mormon bhold I have but few things to write which things I have been commanded of my Father & now it came to pass that after the great & tremendious battle at Cumorah behold the Nephites which had escaped into the Country southward were hunted by the Lamanites until they were all destroyed & my Father also was killed by them & I even I remaineth alone to write the sad tale of the destruction of my People but behold they ore gone & I fulfill the commandment of my Father & whether they will slay me I know not therefore I will write & hide up the records in the earth & whither I go it mattereth not behold my Father hath made this record & he hath written the intent thereof & behold I would write it also if I had room upon the plates but I have not I have none for I am alone my Father hath been slain in battle & all my kinsfolks. & I have not friends nor whither to go & how long t◊◊t the Lord will suffer that I may live I know not behold four hundred years have passed since the comeing of our Lord & Savior & behold the Lamanites have hunted my People the Nephites down from City to City & from place to place even until they are no more & great has been their fall yea gratt & marvelous is the destruction of my People the Nephites & behold it is the hand of the Lord which hath done it & behold also the Lamanites are at war one with another & the whole face of this land is one continual round of Murders & bloodshed & no one knoweth the end of the war & now behold I say no more concerning them for there are none save save it be Lamanites & robbers that do exist upon the face of the land & there are none that do know the true God save it be the Disciples of Jesus which did tarry in the land until the wickedness of the People were so great that the Lord would not suffer them to remain with the People & whither they be upon the face of the land no man knoweth but behold my Father & I have seen them & they have ministered unto us & whoso receiveth this record & shall not condemn it because of the imperfections which are in it the same shall know of greater things than these. behold I am Moroni and were it possible, I would make all thing<​s​> known unto you behold I make an end of speaking concerning this People. I am the son of Mormon & my Father was a descendant of Nephi & I am the same which hide up this Record unto the Lord the plates thereof are of no worth because of the commandment of the Lord for he truly sayeth thot [p. 423]
Gospel of Christ which shall be set before you not only in the record but also in the record which shall come unto the Gentiles from the Jews which record shall come from the Gentiles unto you for behold this is written for the intent that ye may believe, that & if ye believe that ye will believe this also & if ye believe this ye will know concerning your Fathers & also the marvelous works which were wrought by the power of God among them & ye will also know that ye are a remnant of the seed of Jacob therefore ye are numberd among the People of the first covenant & if it so be that ye believe in Christ & are baptised first with water then with fire & with the Holy Ghost following the example of of our Saviour according to that which he hath commanded us it shall be well with you in the day of Judgement Amen==
Mormon, Chapter 4 [Mormon 8–9]
Chapter I[blank]== Behold I Moroni do finish the Record of my Father Mormon bhold I have but few things to write which things I have been commanded of my Father & now it came to pass that after the great & tremendious battle at Cumorah behold the Nephites which had escaped into the Country southward were hunted by the Lamanites until they were all destroyed & my Father also was killed by them & I even I remaineth alone to write the sad tale of the destruction of my People but behold they ore gone & I fulfill the commandment of my Father & whether they will slay me I know not therefore I will write & hide up the records in the earth & whither I go it mattereth not behold my Father hath made this record & he hath written the intent thereof & behold I would write it also if I had room upon the plates but I have not I have none for I am alone my Father hath been slain in battle & all my kinsfolks. & I have not friends nor whither to go & how long tt the Lord will suffer that I may live I know not behold four hundred years have passed since the comeing of our Lord & Savior & behold the Lamanites have hunted my People the Nephites down from City to City & from place to place even until they are no more & great has been their fall yea gratt & marvelous is the destruction of my People the Nephites & behold it is the hand of the Lord which hath done it & behold also the Lamanites are at war one with another & the whole face of this land is one continual round of Murder & bloodshed & no one knoweth the end of the war & now behold I say no more concerning them for there are none save it be Lamanites & robbers that do exist upon the face of the land & there are none that do know the true God save it be the Disciples of Jesus which did tarry in the land until the wickedness of the People were so great that the Lord would not suffer them to remain with the People & whither they be upon the face of the land no man knoweth but behold my Father & I have seen them & they have ministered unto us & whoso receiveth this record & shall not condemn it because of the imperfections which are in it the same shall know of greater things than these. behold I am Moroni and were it possible, I would make all things known unto you behold I make an end of speaking concerning this People. I am the son of Mormon & my Father was a descendant of Nephi & I am the same which hide up this Record unto the Lord the plates thereof are of no worth because of the commandment of the Lord for he truly sayeth thot [p. 423]
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