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

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hath proved their destruction except they should repent pray for them my son that repentance may come unto them but behold I fear lest the spirit hath ceased striving with them & in this part of the land they are also seeking to put down all power & authority which cometh from God & they are denying the Holy Ghost & after rejecting so great a knowledge my son they must perish soon unto the fulfilling of the prophecies which was spoken by the prophets as well as the words of our Saviour himself my Son <​farewell​> my son until I shall write unto you or shall meet you again Amen
Moroni, Chapter 9 [Moroni 9]
Chapter IX——
The second epistle of Mormon to his son Moroni—— My beloved son I write unto you again that ye may know that I am yet alive but I write somewhat that which is grieveous for behold I have had a sore battle with the Lamanites in the which we did not conqer & Archeantus has fallen by the sword & also Luram & Emer yea & we have lost a great number of our choice men & now behold my son I fear lest the Lamanites shall destroy this people for they do not repent & Satan stireth them up continually to anger one with another behold I am laboring with them continually & when I speak the word of God with sharpness they tremble & anger against me & when I use no sharpness they harden their hearts against it wherefore I fear lest the spirit of the Lord hath ce seaced <​ceased striving​> with them for so exceedingly do they anger that it seemeth me that they have no fear of death & they have lost their love one towards another & they thirst after blood & revenge continually & now my beloved son notwithstanding their hardness let us labor diligently for if we should cease to labor we should be brought un <​under​> condemnation for we have a labor to perform whilst <​whilst in this​> tabernacle of clay that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness & rest our souls in the kingdom of God & now I write somewhat concerning the sufferings of this people for according to the knowledge <​which​> I have received from Amoron behold the Lamanites have many prisoners which they took from the tower Sherrizah & there were men women & children & the husbands & fathers of those women & children they have slain & they feed the women upon the flesh of their husbands & the children upon the flesh of their fathers & no water save a little do they give unto them & notwithstanding this great abomination of the Lamanites it doth not exceed that of our people in Moriantum for behold many of the daughters of the Lamanite<​s​> have they taken prisoners & after depriveing them of that which was most dear & precious above all things which is chastity & vertue & after that they had none this thing they did murder them in a most cruel manner torturing their bodies even unto death & after that they have done this they devour their flesh like unto wild beasts because of the hardness of their hearts & they do it for a token of bravery O my beloved son how can a people like this that are without civilizeation & only a few years have passed away & they were a civil & a delightsome people but O my son how can a people like this whose delight is in so much abomination how can we expect that God will stay his hand in judgement against us behold my heart cries Wo unto this people come out in judgement O God & hide their sins & wickedness & abominations from before thy face & [p. 460]
hath proved their destruction except they should repent pray for them my son that repentance may come unto them but behold I fear lest the spirit hath ceased striving with them & in this part of the land they are also seeking to put down all power & authority which cometh from God & they are denying the Holy Ghost & after rejecting so great a knowledge my son they must perish soon unto the fulfilling of the prophecies which was spoken by the prophets as well as the words of our Saviour himself farewell my son until I shall write unto you or shall meet you again Amen
Moroni, Chapter 9 [Moroni 9]
Chapter IX——
The second epistle of Mormon to his son Moroni—— My beloved son I write unto you again that ye may know that I am yet alive but I write somewhat that which is grieveous for behold I have had a sore battle with the Lamanites in the which we did not conqer & Archeantus has fallen by the sword & also Luram & Emer yea & we have lost a great number of our choice men & now behold my son I fear lest the Lamanites shall destroy this people for they do not repent & Satan stireth them up continually to anger one with another behold I am laboring with them continually & when I speak the word of God with sharpness they tremble & anger against me & when I use no sharpness they harden their hearts against it wherefore I fear lest the spirit of the Lord hath ceased striving with them for so exceedingly do they anger that it seemeth me that they have no fear of death & they have lost their love one towards another & they thirst after blood & revenge continually & now my beloved son notwithstanding their hardness let us labor diligently for if we should cease to labor we should be brought under condemnation for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness & rest our souls in the kingdom of God & now I write somewhat concerning the sufferings of this people for according to the knowledge which I have received from Amoron behold the Lamanites have many prisoners which they took from the tower Sherrizah & there were men women & children & the husbands & fathers of those women & children they have slain & they feed the women upon the flesh of their husbands & the children upon the flesh of their fathers & no water save a little do they give unto them & notwithstanding this great abomination of the Lamanites it doth not exceed that of our people in Moriantum for behold many of the daughters of the Lamanites have they taken prisoners & after depriveing them of that which was most dear & precious above all things which is chastity & vertue & after that they had none this thing they did murder them in a most cruel manner torturing their bodies even unto death & after that they have done this they devour their flesh like unto wild beasts because of the hardness of their hearts & they do it for a token of bravery O my beloved son how can a people like this that are without civilizeation & only a few years have passed away & they were a civil & a delightsome people but O my son how can a people like this whose delight is in so much abomination how can we expect that God will stay his hand in judgement against us behold my heart cries Wo unto this people come out in judgement O God & hide their sins & wickedness & abominations from before thy face & [p. 460]
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