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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page 455
image
Moroni, Chapter 6 [Moroni 6]
Chapter [blank]—— And now I speak concerning baptism Behold Elders Priests & Teachers were baptized & they were not baptized save they brought forth fruit meet that they were worthy of it neither did they receive any unto baptism save they came forth with a broken heart & a contrite spirit & witnessed unto the church that they trueely repented of all their sins & none were received unto baptism save they took upon them the name of christ having a determination to serve him unto the end & after that they had been received unto baptism & were wrought upon & cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost they were numbered among the people of the Church of Christ & their names were taken that they might be remembered & nourished by the good word of God to keep them in the right way to keep them continually watchful unto prayer relying alone upon the merits of Christ who was the author & the finisher of their faith & the Church did meet together oft to fast & to pray & to speak one with an other concerning the wellfare of their souls & they did meet together oft to partake of bread & wine in remembrance of the Lord Jesus & they were strict to observe that there should be no iniquity among them & whoso was found to commit iniquity & three witnesses of the church did condemn them before the elders & if they repented not & confessed not their names were blotted out & they were not numbered among the people of Christ but as oft as they repented & sought forgiveness with real intent they were forgiven & their meetings were contucted by the church after the manner of the workings of the spirit & by the power of the Holy Ghost for as the power of the Holy Ghost led them whether to preach or exhort or to pray or to suplicate or to sing even so it was done
Moroni, Chapter 7 [Moroni 7]
Chapter [blank]—— And now I Moroni write a few of the words of my father Mormon which he spake concerning faith hope & charity for after this manner did he speak unto the people as he taught them in the Synagogue which they had build for the place of worship— And now I Mormon speak unto you my beloved brethren & it is by the grace of God the Father & our Lord Jesus Christ & his holy will because of the gift of his calling unto me that I am permitted to speak unto you at this time wherefore I would speak unto you that are of the church that are the peaceable followers of christ & that have obtained a sufficient hope by which ye can enter into the rest of the Lord from this time hence forth until ye shall rest with him in Heaven & now my brethren I judge these things of you because of your peaceable walk with the children of men for I remember the word of God which saith by ther <By their> works ye shall know them for if their works be good than they are good also for behold God hath said A man being evil cannot do that which is good for if he offereth a gift or prayeth unto God except he shall do it with real intent it propfiteth him nothing for behold it is not counted unto him for righteoasness for behold if a man being evil givith a gift he doeth it grudgingly wherefore it is counted unto him the same as if he had retained the gift wherefore he is counted evil before God & likewise also is it counted evil unto a man if he shall pray & not with real intent of heart yea & it proffiteth him nothing for God receiveth [p. 455]
Moroni, Chapter 6 [Moroni 6]
Chapter [blank]—— And now I speak concerning baptism Behold Elders Priests & Teachers were baptized & they were not baptized save they brought forth fruit meet that they were worthy of it neither did they receive any unto baptism save they came forth with a broken heart & a contrite spirit & witnessed unto the church that they trueely repented of all their sins & none were received unto baptism save they took upon them the name of christ having a determination to serve him unto the end & after that they had been received unto baptism & were wrought upon & cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost they were numbered among the people of the Church of Christ & their names were taken that they might be remembered & nourished by the good word of God to keep them in the right way to keep them continually watchful unto prayer relying alone upon the merits of Christ who was the author & the finisher of their faith & the Church did meet together oft to fast & to pray & to speak one with an other concerning the wellfare of their souls & they did meet together oft to partake of bread & wine in remembrance of the Lord Jesus & they were strict to observe that there should be no iniquity among them & whoso was found to commit iniquity & three witnesses of the church did condemn them before the elders & if they repented not & confessed not their names were blotted out & they were not numbered among the people of Christ but as oft as they repented & sought forgiveness with real intent they were forgiven & their meetings were contucted by the church after the manner of the workings of the spirit & by the power of the Holy Ghost for as the power of the Holy Ghost led them whether to preach or exhort or to pray or to suplicate or to sing even so it was done
Moroni, Chapter 7 [Moroni 7]
Chapter [blank]—— And now I Moroni write a few of the words of my father Mormon which he spake concerning faith hope & charity for after this manner did he speak unto the people as he taught them in the Synagogue which they had build for the place of worship— And now I Mormon speak unto you my beloved brethren & it is by the grace of God the Father & our Lord Jesus Christ & his holy will because of the gift of his calling unto me that I am permitted to speak unto you at this time wherefore I would speak unto you that are of the church that are the peaceable followers of christ & that have obtained a sufficient hope by which ye can enter into the rest of the Lord from this time hence forth until ye shall rest with him in Heaven & now my brethren I judge these things of you because of your peaceable walk with the children of men for I remember the word of God which saith By their works ye shall know them for if their works be good than they are good also for behold God hath said A man being evil cannot do that which is good for if he offereth a gift or prayeth unto God except he shall do it with real intent it propfiteth him nothing for behold it is not counted unto him for righteoasness for behold if a man being evil givith a gift he doeth it grudgingly wherefore it is counted unto him the same as if he had retained the gift wherefore he is counted evil before God & likewise also is it counted evil unto a man if he shall pray & not with real intent of heart yea & it proffiteth him nothing for God receiveth [p. 455]
Page 455