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

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utter destruction & that the Lord God would send or bring forth an other people to possess the land by his power after the manner which he brought their fathers & they did reject all the words of the prophets because of their wicked <secret> society & wicked abominations & it came to pass that Coriantor begat Ether & he died having dwelt in captivity all his days
Ether, Chapter 5 [Ether 12]
Chapter [blank]—— And it came to pass that the days of Ether was in the days of Coriantumr & Coriantumr was king over all the land & Ether was a prophet of the Lord wherefore Ether came forth in the days of Coriantumr & began to prophesy unto the people for he could not be constrained because of the spirit of the Lord which was in him for he did cry from the morning even until the going down of the Sun exhorting the people to believe in God unto repentance lest they should be destroyed saying unto them that by faith all them <thi> things are fulfilled wherefore whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world yea even a place at the right hand of God which hope cometh of faith maketh an anchor to the souls of men which would make them sure & steadfast always abounding in good works being led to glorify God & it came to pass that Ether did prophesy great & marvellous things unto the people which they did not believe because they saw them not & now I Moroni would speak somewhat concerning these things I would shew unto the world that faith is things which is hoped for & not seen wherefore dispute not because ye see not for ye receive no witness not until after the trial of your faith for it was by faith that Christ shewed himself unto our fathers after that he had <risen> from the dead & he shewed himself not unto them untel <until> after they had faith in him wherefore it must needs be that some had faith in him for he shewed himself not unto the world but because of the faith of men he has shewn himself unto the world & glorified the name of the Father & prepared the way whereby others might be partakers of the Heavenly gift that they might hope for those things which they have not seen wherefore ye may also have hope & be park partakers of the gift if ye will but have <have> faith behold it was by faith that they of old were called after the holy order of God wherefore by faith was the law of Moses given but in the gift of his Son hath God prepared a more excellent way & it is by faith that it hath been fulfilled for if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them wherefore he shewed not himself until after their faith Behold it was the faith of Alma & Amulek that caused the prison to tumble to the earth behold it was the faith of Nephi & Lehi that wrought the change upon the Lamanites that they were baptized with fire & with the Holy Ghost Behold it was the faith of Ammon & his brethren which wrought so great a miracle among the Lamanites yea & it was <even all> which wrought miracles wrought them by faith even those which were before christ & also them which were after & it was by fait faith that the three desipels obtained a promise that they should not taste of death & they obtained not the promise until after their faith & neither at any time hath any wrought miracels until after their faith wherefore they first believed in the Son of God & there were many whose faith was so exceeding strong even before <Christ> [p. 446]
utter destruction & that the Lord God would send or bring forth an other people to possess the land by his power after the manner which he brought their fathers & they did reject all the words of the prophets because of their secret society & wicked abominations & it came to pass that Coriantor begat Ether & he died having dwelt in captivity all his days
Ether, Chapter 5 [Ether 12]
Chapter [blank]—— And it came to pass that the days of Ether was in the days of Coriantumr & Coriantumr was king over all the land & Ether was a prophet of the Lord wherefore Ether came forth in the days of Coriantumr & began to prophesy unto the people for he could not be constrained because of the spirit of the Lord which was in him for he did cry from the morning even until the going down of the Sun exhorting the people to believe in God unto repentance lest they should be destroyed saying unto them that by faith all things are fulfilled wherefore whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world yea even a place at the right hand of God which hope cometh of faith maketh an anchor to the souls of men which would make them sure & steadfast always abounding in good works being led to glorify God & it came to pass that Ether did prophesy great & marvellous things unto the people which they did not believe because they saw them not & now I Moroni would speak somewhat concerning these things I would shew unto the world that faith is things which is hoped for & not seen wherefore dispute not because ye see not for ye receive no witness not until after the trial of your faith for it was by faith that Christ shewed himself unto our fathers after that he had risen from the dead & he shewed himself not unto them until after they had faith in him wherefore it must needs be that some had faith in him for he shewed himself not unto the world but because of the faith of men he has shewn himself unto the world & glorified the name of the Father & prepared the way whereby others might be partakers of the Heavenly gift that they might hope for those things which they have not seen wherefore ye may also have hope & be partakers of the gift if ye will but have faith behold it was by faith that they of old were called after the holy order of God wherefore by faith was the law of Moses given but in the gift of his Son hath God prepared a more excellent way & it is by faith that it hath been fulfilled for if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them wherefore he shewed not himself until after their faith Behold it was the faith of Alma & Amulek that caused the prison to tumble to the earth behold it was the faith of Nephi & Lehi that wrought the change upon the Lamanites that they were baptized with fire & with the Holy Ghost Behold it was the faith of Ammon & his brethren which wrought so great a miracle among the Lamanites yea & even all which wrought miracles wrought them by faith even those which were before christ & also them which were after & it was by faith that the three desipels obtained a promise that they should not taste of death & they obtained not the promise until after their faith & neither at any time hath any wrought miracels until after their faith wherefore they first believed in the Son of God & there were many whose faith was so exceeding strong even before Christ [p. 446]
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