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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them & it came to pass that when my father had heard these words he was exceding glad for he knew that I had been blessed of the Lord & I Nephi & my Brethren took our journey in the wilderness with our tents to go up to the land of Jerusalem & it came to pass that when we had come up to the land of Jerusalem I & my Brethren did consult one with another & we cast lots which of us should go in unto the house of Laban & it came to pass that the lo[t] fell upon Laman & Laman went in unto the house of Laban & he talked with him as he sat in his house & he desired of Laban the records which were engraven upon the plates of Brass which contained the genealogy of my father & behold it came to pass that Laban was angery & thrust him out from his presance & he would not that he shold have the records wherefore he said unto hism behold thou art a robber & I will slay thee but Laman fled out of his presance & told the things which Laban had done unto us & we began to be exceding sorrowful & my Brethren were about to return unto my father in the wilderness but behold I said unto them that as the Lord liveth & as we live we will not go down unto our father in the wilderness untill we have accomplished the thing which the Lord hath commanded us wherefore let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord therefore let us go down to the land of our fathers inheritance for behold he left gold & silver & all manner of riches & all this he hath done because of the commandments of the Lord for he knowing that Jerusalem must be destroid because of the wickedness of the People for behold they have rejected the words of the prophets wherefore if my father should dwell in the land after that he had <​hath​> been commanded to flee out of the land behold he would also perish wherefore it must needs be that he flee out of the land & behold it is wisdom in God that we should obtain these records that we might preserve unto our children the language of our fathers & also that we may preserve unto them the words which have been spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets which have been delivered unto them by the spirit & power of God since the world began even down unto this presants time & it came to pass that after this manner of language did I persuade my Brethren that they might be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord God & it came to pass that we went down to the land of our inheritance & we did gather to gether our gold & our Silver & our precious things & after that we had gathered these things together we went up again unto the house of Laban & it came to pass that we went in unto Laban & desired him that he would give unto us the [p. 5]
for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them & it came to pass that when my father had heard these words he was exceding glad for he knew that I had been blessed of the Lord & I Nephi & my Brethren took our journey in the wilderness with our tents to go up to the land of Jerusalem & it came to pass that when we had come up to the land of Jerusalem I & my Brethren did consult one with another & we cast lots which of us should go in unto the house of Laban & it came to pass that the lot fell upon Laman & Laman went in unto the house of Laban & he talked with him as he sat in his house & he desired of Laban the records which were engraven upon the plates of Brass which contained the genealogy of my father & behold it came to pass that Laban was angery & thrust him out from his presance & he would not that he shold have the records wherefore he said unto hism behold thou art a robber & I will slay thee but Laman fled out of his presance & told the things which Laban had done unto us & we began to be exceding sorrowful & my Brethren were about to return unto my father in the wilderness but behold I said unto them that as the Lord liveth & as we live we will not go down unto our father in the wilderness untill we have accomplished the thing which the Lord hath commanded us wherefore let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord therefore let us go down to the land of our fathers inheritance for behold he left gold & silver & all manner of riches & all this he hath done because of the commandments of the Lord for he knowing that Jerusalem must be destroid because of the wickedness of the People for behold they have rejected the words of the prophets wherefore if my father should dwell in the land after that he hath been commanded to flee out of the land behold he would also perish wherefore it must needs be that he flee out of the land & behold it is wisdom in God that we should obtain these records that we might preserve unto our children the language of our fathers & also that we may preserve unto them the words which have been spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets which have been delivered unto them by the spirit & power of God since the world began even down unto this presant time & it came to pass that after this manner of language did I persuade my Brethren that they might be faithful in keeping the commandments of God & it came to pass that we went down to the land of our inheritance & we did gather to gether our gold & our Silver & our precious things & after that we had gathered these things together we went up again unto the house of Laban & it came to pass that we went in unto Laban & desired him that he would give unto us the [p. 5]
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