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

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with the spirit untill their frames did shake before him & he did confound them that they derst not utter against him wherefore they did do as he commanded them & my father dwelt in a tent & it came to pass that I Nephi being exceding young nevertheless being large in statture & also haveing great desires to know of the mysteries of God wherefore I did cry unto the Lord & behold he did visit me & did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father wherefore I did not rebell against him like unto my Brothers & I spake unto Sam makeing known unto him the things which <​t​>he Lord had manifested unto me by his holy spirit & it came to pass that he believed in my words but behold Laman & Lemuel would not hearken unto my words & being grieved because of the hardness of their hearts I cried unto the Lord for them & it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me saying blessed art thou Nephi because because of thy faith for thou hast sought me diligently with lowliness of heart & in as much as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper & shall be lead to a land of promise yea even a land which I have prepared for you yea a land which is choice above of all other lands & in asmuch as thy Brethren shall rebell against thee they shall be cut off from the presance of the Lord & in as much as thou shalt keep my commandments thou shalt be made a ruler & a teacher over thy Brethren for behold in that day that they shall rebell against me I will curse them even with a sore curse & they shall have no power over thy seed except they shall rebell against me also & if it so be that they rebell against me they shall be a scorge unto thy seed to stir them up in the ways of rememberance & it came to pass that I Nephi returned from speaking with the Lord to the tent of my father & it came to pass that he spake unto me saying behold I have dreamed a dream in the which the Lord hath commanded me that thou & thy Brethren shall return to Jerusalem for behold Laban hath the record of the Jews & also a genealogy of my forefathers & they are engraven upon plates of Brass wherefore the Lord hath commanded me that thou & thy Brothers should go unto the house of Laban & seek the records & bring them down hither into the wilderness & now behold thy Brothers murmur saying it is a hard thing which I have required of them but behold I have not required it of them but it is a commandment of the Lord therefore go my Son & thou shalt be favoured of the Lord because thou hast not murmured & it came to pass that I Nephi said unto my father I will go & do the things which the Lord hath commanded [p. 4]
with the spirit untill their frames did shake before him & he did confound them that they derst not utter against him wherefore they did do as he commanded them & my father dwelt in a tent & it came to pass that I Nephi being exceding young nevertheless being large in statture & also haveing great desires to know of the mysteries of God wherefore I did cry unto the Lord & behold he did visit me & did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father wherefore I did not rebell against him like unto my Brothers & I spake unto Sam makeing known unto him the things which the Lord had manifested unto me by his holy spirit & it came to pass that he believed in my words but behold Laman & Lemuel would not hearken unto my words & being grieved because of the hardness of their hearts I cried unto the Lord for them & it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me saying blessed art thou Nephi because of thy faith for thou hast sought me diligently with lowliness of heart & in as much as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper & shall be lead to a land of promise yea even a land which I have prepared for you yea a land which is choice above all other lands & in asmuch as thy Brethren shall rebell against thee they shall be cut off from the presance of the Lord & in as much as thou shalt keep my commandments thou shalt be made a ruler & a teacher over thy Brethren for behold in that day that they shall rebell against me I will curse them even with a sore curse & they shall have no power over thy seed except they shall rebell against me also & if it so be that they rebell against me they shall be a scorge unto thy seed to stir them up in the ways of rememberance & it came to pass that I Nephi returned from speaking with the Lord to the tent of my father & it came to pass that he spake unto me saying behold I have dreamed a dream in the which the Lord hath commanded me that thou & thy Brethren shall return to Jerusalem for behold Laban hath the record of the Jews & also a genealogy of my forefathers & they are engraven upon plates of Brass wherefore the Lord hath commanded me that thou & thy Brothers should go unto the house of Laban & seek the records & bring them down hither into the wilderness & now behold thy Brothers murmur saying it is a hard thing which I have required of them but behold I have not required it of them but it is a commandment of the Lord therefore go my Son & thou shalt be favoured of the Lord because thou hast not murmured & it came to pass that I Nephi said unto my father I will go & do the things which the Lord hath commanded [p. 4]
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