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

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  • Historical Introduction
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First Nephi, Chapter 1 [1 Nephi 1–5]
The Book of Nephi his reign & ministry. An account of Lehi & his Wife Sariah & his four Sons being called beginning at the eldest Laman Lemuel Sam & Nephi— the Lord warns Lehi to depart out of the land of Jerusalem because he prophesieth unto the people cocerning their iniquity— & they seek to destroy his life— he taketh three days journey un into the wilderness with his family— Nephi taketh his Brethren & returns to the land of Jerusalem after the record of the Jews— the account of their sufferings— they take the Daughters of Ishmael to wife— they take their families & depart into the wilderness— their sufferings & afflictions in the wilderness— the cours of their travels— they come to the large waters— Nephis Brethren rebelleth against him he confoundeth them & buildeth a ship— they call the place Bountiful— they cross the large waters into the promised land .&C. this is according to the account of Nephi or in other words I Nephi wrote this record— I Nephi haveing been bor born of goodly parents therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father & haveing seen many afflictions in the cours of my days nevertheless haveing been highly favored of the Lord in all my days yea haveing had a great knowledg of the goodness & the mysteries of God therefore I make a record of my procedings in my days yea I make a record in the language of my father which consists of the learning of the Jews & the language of the Egyptians & I know that the record which I make to be true & I make it with mine own [ha]nd & I make it according to my knowledge for it came to pass in the commencement of the <first year of the> reign of Zedekiah King of Judah my father Lehi haveing dwelt at Jerusalem in all his days & in that same year there came many prophits prophesying unto the people that they must repent of or that <the> great City Jerusalem must be destroid wherefore it came <to> pass that my father Lehi as he went forth prayed unto the Lord yea even with all his heart in behalf of his People & it came to pass as he prayed unto the Lord there came a pillar of fire & dwelt upon a rock before him & he saw & heard much & because of the things which he saw & heard he did quake & tremble excedingly & it came to pass that he returned to his own house at Jerusalem & he cast himself upon his bed being overcome with the spirit & [th]e things which he had seen & being thus overcome with the spirit he was [carried away i]n a vision [even] t[hat] he [sa]w the Heavens op[en] & h[e] tho[u][ght he saw God sitting upon his throne surrounded with numberless] [p. 1]
First Nephi, Chapter 1 [1 Nephi 1–5]
The Book of Nephi his reign & ministry. An account of Lehi & his Wife Sariah & his four Sons being called beginning at the eldest Laman Lemuel Sam & Nephi— the Lord warns Lehi to depart out of the land of Jerusalem because he prophesieth unto the people cocerning their iniquity— & they seek to destroy his life— he taketh three days journey into the wilderness with his family— Nephi taketh his Brethren & returns to the land of Jerusalem after the record of the Jews— the account of their sufferings— they take the Daughters of Ishmael to wife— they take their families & depart into the wilderness— their sufferings & afflictions in the wilderness— the cours of their travels— they come to the large waters— Nephis Brethren rebelleth against him he confoundeth them & buildeth a ship— they call the place Bountiful— they cross the large waters into the promised land .&C. this is according to the account of Nephi or in other words I Nephi wrote this record— I Nephi haveing been born of goodly parents therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father & haveing seen many afflictions in the cours of my days nevertheless haveing been highly favored of the Lord in all my days yea haveing had a great knowledg of the goodness & the mysteries of God therefore I make a record of my procedings in my days yea I make a record in the language of my father which consists of the learning of the Jews & the language of the Egyptians & I know that the record which I make to be true & I make it with mine own hand & I make it according to my knowledge for it came to pass in the commencement of the first year of the reign of Zedekiah King of Judah my father Lehi haveing dwelt at Jerusalem in all his days & in that same year there came many prophits prophesying unto the people that they must repent or the great City Jerusalem must be destroid wherefore it came to pass that my father Lehi as he went forth prayed unto the Lord yea even with all his heart in behalf of his People & it came to pass as he prayed unto the Lord there came a pillar of fire & dwelt upon a rock before him & he saw & heard much & because of the things which he saw & heard he did quake & tremble excedingly & it came to pass that he returned to his own house at Jerusalem & he cast himself upon his bed being overcome with the spirit & the things which he had seen & being thus overcome with the spirit he was carried away in a vision even that he saw the Heavens open & he thought he saw God sitting upon his throne surrounded with numberless [p. 1]
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