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

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eternal life through the great mediator of all men or to chose captivity & death according to the captivity & power of the Devil for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself & now my Sons I would that ye should look to the great mediator & hearken unto his great Commandments & be faithful unto his words & chose eternal life according to the will of his holy spirit & not chose eternal death according to the will of the flesh & <​the​> evil which is therein which giveth the spirit of the Devil power to captiveate to bring you down to hell that he may reign over you in his own Kingdom I have spoken these few words unto you all my Sons in the last days of my probation & I have chosen the good part according to the words of the Prophet & I have none other object save it be the everlasting wellfare of your Souls Amen.——
Second Nephi, Chapter 2 [2 Nephi 3]
Chapter [blank] And now I speak unto you Joseph my last born thou wast born in the wilderness of mine afflictions yea in the days of my greatest sorrow did thy Mother bear thee & may the Lord consecrate also unto thee this land which is a most precious land for thine inheritance & the inheritance of thy seed with thy Brethren for thy security forever if it so be that ye shall keep the Commandments of the holy one of Israel & now Joseph my last born whom I have brought out of the wilderness of mine afflictions may the Lord bless thee forever for thy seed shall not utterly be destroid for behold thou art the fruit of my loins & I am a decendant of Joseph which was carried captive into Egypt & great was the covenants of the Lord which he made unto Joseph wherefore Joseph truly saw our day & he obtained a promise of the Lord that out of the fruit of his loins the Lord God would raise up a righteous branch unto the house of Israel not the Messiah but a branch which was to be broken off nevertheless to be remembered in the covenants of the Lord that the Messiah should be made manifest unto them in the latter days in the spirit of power unto the bringing of them out of darkness unto light yea out of hidden darkness & out of captivity unto freedom for Joseph truly testified saying a seer shall the Lord my God raise up which shall be a choice Seer unto the fruit of my loins yea Josep truly said thus saith the Lord unto me a choice Seer will I raise up out of the fruit of thy loins <​& he​> shall be esteemed highly among the fruit of thy loins & unto him will I give commandment that he shall do a work for the fruit of thy loins his Brethren which shall be of great worth unto them even to the bringing of them to the knowlege of the covenants which I have made with thy fathers & I will give unto him a commandment that he shall do none other work save the work which I shall command him & I will make him great in mine eyes for he shall do my work & he shall be great like unto Moses whom I have said I would raise up unto you to deliver my People O house of Israel & Moses will I raise up to deliver thy People out of the land of Egypt but a Seer will I [p. 52]
eternal life through the great mediator of all men or to chose captivity & death according to the captivity & power of the Devil for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself & now my Sons I would that ye should look to the great mediator & hearken unto his great Commandments & be faithful unto his words & chose eternal life according to the will of his holy spirit & not chose eternal death according to the will of the flesh & the evil which is therein which giveth the spirit of the Devil power to captiveate to bring you down to hell that he may reign over you in his own Kingdom I have spoken these few words unto you all my Sons in the last days of my probation & I have chosen the good part according to the words of the Prophet & I have none other object save it be the everlasting wellfare of your Souls Amen.——
Second Nephi, Chapter 2 [2 Nephi 3]
Chapter [blank] And now I speak unto you Joseph my last born thou wast born in the wilderness of mine afflictions yea in the days of my greatest sorrow did thy Mother bear thee & may the Lord consecrate also unto thee this land which is a most precious land for thine inheritance & the inheritance of thy seed with thy Brethren for thy security forever if it so be that ye shall keep the Commandments of the holy one of Israel & now Joseph my last born whom I have brought out of the wilderness of mine afflictions may the Lord bless thee forever for thy seed shall not utterly be destroid for behold thou art the fruit of my loins & I am a decendant of Joseph which was carried captive into Egypt & great was the covenants of the Lord which he made unto Joseph wherefore Joseph truly saw our day & he obtained a promise of the Lord that out of the fruit of his loins the Lord God would raise up a righteous branch unto the house of Israel not the Messiah but a branch which was to be broken off nevertheless to be remembered in the covenants of the Lord that the Messiah should be made manifest unto them in the latter days in the spirit of power unto the bringing of them out of darkness unto light yea out of hidden darkness & out of captivity unto freedom for Joseph truly testified saying a seer shall the Lord my God raise up which shall be a choice Seer unto the fruit of my loins yea Josep truly said thus saith the Lord unto me a choice Seer will I raise up out of the fruit of thy loins & he shall be esteemed highly among the fruit of thy loins & unto him will I give commandment that he shall do a work for the fruit of thy loins his Brethren which shall be of great worth unto them even to the bringing of them to the knowlege of the covenants which I have made with thy fathers & I will give unto him a commandment that he shall do none other work save the work which I shall command him & I will make him great in mine eyes for he shall do my work & he shall be great like unto Moses whom I have said I would raise up unto you to deliver my People O house of Israel & Moses will I raise up to deliver thy People out of the land of Egypt but a Seer will I [p. 52]
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