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

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I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ & the power of his resurrection to be raised uto <unto> life Eternal & this because of your faith in him according to the promise wherefore if a man have faith he must needs hope for without faith there cannot any hope & again behold I say unto you that he cannot have faith & hope save he shall be meek & lowly of heart if so his faith & hope is vain for none is exceptable before God save the meek & lowly of heart & if a man be meek & lowly in heart & confess by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ he must needs have charity for if he have not charity he is nothing wherefore he must needs have charity & charity suffereth long & is kind & envieth not & is not puffed up seeketh not her own is not easily provoked thinketh no evil & rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth beareth all things believeth all things hopeth all things endureth all things wherefore my beloved brethren if ye have not charity ye are nothing for charity never faileth wherefore cleave unto charity which is the greatest of all for all things must fail but charity is the pure love of Christ & it endureth forever & whoso is found possessed of it at the last day it shall be well with them wherefore my beloved brethren pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart that ye may be filled with this love which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son Jesus Christ that ye may become the Sons of God that when he shall appear we shall be like him for we shall shall see him as he is that we may have this hope that we may be purified even as he is pure Amen
Moroni, Chapter 8 [Moroni 8]
Chapter [blank] An epestle of my father Mormon written to me Moroni & it was written unto me soon after my calling to the ministry & on this wise did he write unto me saying my <My> beloved son Moroni I rejoice exceedingly that your Lord Jesus Christ hath been mindful of you & hath called you to his ministry & to his holy work I am mindful of you always in my prayers continually praying unto God the Father in the name of his holy child Jesus that he through his infinite goodness & grace will keep you through the endurance of faith on his name to the end & now my son I speak unto you concerning that which grieveth me exceedingly for it grieveth me that there should disputations rise among you for if I have learned the truth there has been disputations among you concerning the baptizing of your little children & now my son I desire that ye should labor exceedingly that this gross error should be removed from among you for for this intent I have written this epistle for immediately after I had learned these things of you I inquired of the Lord concerning the matter & the word of the Lord came to me by the power of the Holy Ghost saying Listen to the words of Christ your Redeemer your Lord & your God Behold I came into the world not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance the whole need no physician but they that are sick wherefore little children are whole for they are not capable of committing sin wherefore the curse of Adam is taken from them in me that it hath no power over them & the law of circumcision is done away in me & after this manner did the Holy Ghost manifest the word of God unto me wherefore my beloved son I know that it is solemn mockery before God that ye should [p. 458]
I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ & the power of his resurrection to be raised unto life Eternal & this because of your faith in him according to the promise wherefore if a man have faith he must needs hope for without faith there cannot any hope & again behold I say unto you that he cannot have faith & hope save he shall be meek & lowly of heart if so his faith & hope is vain for none is exceptable before God save the meek & lowly of heart & if a man be meek & lowly in heart & confess by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ he must needs have charity for if he have not charity he is nothing wherefore he must needs have charity & charity suffereth long & is kind & envieth not & is not puffed up seeketh not her own is not easily provoked thinketh no evil & rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth beareth all things believeth all things hopeth all things endureth all things wherefore my beloved brethren if ye have not charity ye are nothing for charity never faileth wherefore cleave unto charity which is the greatest of all for all things must fail but charity is the pure love of Christ & it endureth forever & whoso is found possessed of it at the last day it shall be well with them wherefore my beloved brethren pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart that ye may be filled with this love which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son Jesus Christ that ye may become the Sons of God that when he shall appear we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is that we may have this hope that we may be purified even as he is pure Amen
Moroni, Chapter 8 [Moroni 8]
Chapter [blank] An epestle of my father Mormon written to me Moroni & it was written unto me soon after my calling to the ministry & on this wise did he write unto me saying My beloved son Moroni I rejoice exceedingly that your Lord Jesus Christ hath been mindful of you & hath called you to his ministry & to his holy work I am mindful of you always in my prayers continually praying unto God the Father in the name of his holy child Jesus that he through his infinite goodness & grace will keep you through the endurance of faith on his name to the end & now my son I speak unto you concerning that which grieveth me exceedingly for it grieveth me that there should disputations rise among you for if I have learned the truth there has been disputations among you concerning the baptizing of your little children & now my son I desire that ye should labor exceedingly that this gross error should be removed from among you for for this intent I have written this epistle for immediately after I had learned these things of you I inquired of the Lord concerning the matter & the word of the Lord came to me by the power of the Holy Ghost saying Listen to the words of Christ your Redeemer your Lord & your God Behold I came into the world not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance the whole need no physician but they that are sick wherefore little children are whole for they are not capable of committing sin wherefore the curse of Adam is taken from them in me that it hath no power over them & the law of circumcision is done away in me & after this manner did the Holy Ghost manifest the word of God unto me wherefore my beloved son I know that it is solemn mockery before God that ye should [p. 458]
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