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

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again my son there are many widows & their daughters which remain in Sherrizah & that part of the provisions which the Lamanites did not carry away behold the army of Zenephi has carried away & left them to wander whithersoever they can for food & many old women do faint by the way & die & the army which is with me is weak & the armies of the Lamanites are betwixt Sherrizah & me & as many as have fled to the army of Aaron have fallen victims to their awful bruitality O the depravity of my people they are without order & without mercy behold I am but a man & I have but the strength of a man & I cannot any longer enforce my commands & they have become strong in their perversion & they are alike brutal spareing none neither old nor young & they delight in every thing save that which is good & the sufferings of our women & our children upon all the face of this land doth exceed every thing yea tongue cannot tell neither can it be written & now my son I dwell no longer upon this horrible scene behold thou knowest the wickedness of this people thou knowest that they are without principle & past feeling & their wickedness doth exceed that of the Lamanites behold my son I cannot recommend them unto God lest he should smite me but behold my son I recommend thee unto God & I trust in Christ that thou wilt be saved & I pray unto God that he would spare thy life to witnes the return of his people unto him or their utter destruction for I know that they must perish except they repent & return unto him & if they perish it will be like unto the Jaredites because of the wilfulness of their hearts seeking for blood & revenge & if it so be that they perish we know that many of our brethren have desented over unto the Lamanites & many more will also desen over unto them wherefore write some what a few things if thou art spared & I should perish & not see thee but I trust that I may see thee soon for I have sacred records that I would deliver up unto the my son be faithful in christ & may not the things which I have written grieve thee to way thee down unto death but may christ lift thee up & may his sufferings & death & the shewing his body unto our fathers & his mercy & long suffering & the hope <​of​> his glory & of eternal life rest in your mind forever & may the grace of God the Father whose throne is high in the Heavens & our Lord Jesus Christ who sitteth on the right hand of his power until all things shall become subject unto him be & abide with you forever Amen.——
Moroni, Chapter 10 [Moroni 10]
Chapter [blank]—— Now I Moroni write somewhat as seemeth me good & I write unto my brethren the Lamanites & I would that they should know that more than four hundred & twenty has passed away since the sign was given of the coming of Christ & I seal up these records after that I have spoken a few words by way of exhortation Behold I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men from the creation of Adam even down until the time that t ye shall receive these things & ponder it in your hearts & when ye shall receive these things I would exhort you that ye would ask God the Eternal Father in the name of Christ if these things are <​not​> true & if ye shall ask with a sincere heart with real intent having [p. 461]
again my son there are many widows & their daughters which remain in Sherrizah & that part of the provisions which the Lamanites did not carry away behold the army of Zenephi has carried away & left them to wander whithersoever they can for food & many old women do faint by the way & die & the army which is with me is weak & the armies of the Lamanites are betwixt Sherrizah & me & as many as have fled to the army of Aaron have fallen victims to their awful bruitality O the depravity of my people they are without order & without mercy behold I am but a man & I have but the strength of a man & I cannot any longer enforce my commands & they have become strong in their perversion & they are alike brutal spareing none neither old nor young & they delight in every thing save that which is good & the sufferings of our women & our children upon all the face of this land doth exceed every thing yea tongue cannot tell neither can it be written & now my son I dwell no longer upon this horrible scene behold thou knowest the wickedness of this people thou knowest that they are without principle & past feeling & their wickedness doth exceed that of the Lamanites behold my son I cannot recommend them unto God lest he should smite me but behold my son I recommend thee unto God & I trust in Christ that thou wilt be saved & I pray unto God that he would spare thy life to witnes the return of his people unto him or their utter destruction for I know that they must perish except they repent & return unto him & if they perish it will be like unto the Jaredites because of the wilfulness of their hearts seeking for blood & revenge & if it so be that they perish we know that many of our brethren have desented over unto the Lamanites & many more will also desen over unto them wherefore write some what a few things if thou art spared & I should perish & not see thee but I trust that I may see thee soon for I have sacred records that I would deliver up unto the my son be faithful in christ & may not the things which I have written grieve thee to way thee down unto death but may christ lift thee up & may his sufferings & death & the shewing his body unto our fathers & his mercy & long suffering & the hope of his glory & of eternal life rest in your mind forever & may the grace of God the Father whose throne is high in the Heavens & our Lord Jesus Christ who sitteth on the right hand of his power until all things shall become subject unto him be & abide with you forever Amen.——
Moroni, Chapter 10 [Moroni 10]
Chapter [blank]—— Now I Moroni write somewhat as seemeth me good & I write unto my brethren the Lamanites & I would that they should know that more than four hundred & twenty has passed away since the sign was given of the coming of Christ & I seal up these records after that I have spoken a few words by way of exhortation Behold I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things & ponder it in your hearts & when ye shall receive these things I would exhort you that ye would ask God the Eternal Father in the name of Christ if these things are not true & if ye shall ask with a sincere heart with real intent having [p. 461]
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