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

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this is the doctrine of Christ & there will be no more doctrine given untill after that he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh & when he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do <​do​> & now I Nephi cannot say more the spirit stoppeth mine utterance & I am left to mourn because of the unbelief & the wickedness & the ignorance & the stiffneckedness of men for they will not search knowledge nor understanding great knowledge when it is given unto them in planeness even as plane as word can be & now my beloved Brethren I perseive that ye ponder still in your hearts & it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing for if ye would hearken unto the spirit which teacheth a man to pray ye would know that ye must pray for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray but teacheth him that he must not pray but behold I say unto you that ye must pray always & not feint that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee that thy performance may be for the well fare of thy soul
Second Nephi, Chapter 15 [2 Nephi 33]
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And now I Nephi cannot write all the things which were taught among my People neither am I mighty in writing like unto speaking for when a man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men but behold there are many that harden their hearts against the holy spirit that it hath no place in them wherefore they cast many things away which are written & esteem them as things of nought but I Nephi have written what I have written & I esteem it as of great worth & especially unto my People for I pray for them continually <​for them​> by day & mine eyes water my pillow by night because of them & I cry unto my God in faith & I know that he will hear my cry & I know that the Lord God will consecrate my prayers for the gain of my People & the things which I have written in weakness will he make strong unto them for it persuadeth them to do good it maketh known unto them of their Fathers & it speaketh of Jesus & persuadeth men to believe in him & to endure to the end which is life eternal & it speaketh harsh against sin according to the planeness of the truth wherefore no man will be angery at the words which I have written save he shall be of the spirit of the Devil I glory in planeness I glory in th truth I glory in my Jesus for he hath redeemed my soul from hell I have charity for my People & great faith in christ that I shall meet many souls spotless at his Judgmentseat I have charity for the Jew I say Jew because I mean them from whence I came I also have charity for the Gentiles but behold for none of these I cannot hope except they shall be reconciled unto Christ & enter into the narrow gate & walk in the strait path which leads to life & continue in the path untill the end of the day of probation & now my beloved Brethren & also Jew & all ye ends of the earth hearken unto these words & believe in Christ & if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ & if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words for [p. 94]
this is the doctrine of Christ & there will be no more doctrine given untill after that he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh & when he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do & now I Nephi cannot say more the spirit stoppeth mine utterance & I am left to mourn because of the unbelief & the wickedness & the ignorance & the stiffneckedness of men for they will not search knowledge nor understand great knowledge when it is given unto them in planeness even as plane as word can be & now my beloved Brethren I perseive that ye ponder still in your hearts & it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing for if ye would hearken unto the spirit which teacheth a man to pray ye would know that ye must pray for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray but teacheth him that he must not pray but behold I say unto you that ye must pray always & not feint that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee that thy performance may be for the well fare of thy soul
Second Nephi, Chapter 15 [2 Nephi 33]
Chapter [blank]
And now I Nephi cannot write all the things which were taught among my People neither am I mighty in writing like unto speaking for when a man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men but behold there are many that harden their hearts against the holy spirit that it hath no place in them wherefore they cast many things away which are written & esteem them as things of nought but I Nephi have written what I have written & I esteem it as of great worth & especially unto my People for I pray continually for them by day & mine eyes water my pillow by night because of them & I cry unto my God in faith & I know that he will hear my cry & I know that the Lord God will consecrate my prayers for the gain of my People & the things which I have written in weakness will he make strong unto them for it persuadeth them to do good it maketh known unto them of their Fathers & it speaketh of Jesus & persuadeth men to believe in him & to endure to the end which is life eternal & it speaketh harsh against sin according to the planeness of the truth wherefore no man will be angery at the words which I have written save he shall be of the spirit of the Devil I glory in planeness I glory in truth I glory in my Jesus for he hath redeemed my soul from hell I have charity for my People & great faith in christ that I shall meet many souls spotless at his Judgmentseat I have charity for the Jew I say Jew because I mean them from whence I came I also have charity for the Gentiles but behold for none of these I cannot hope except they shall be reconciled unto Christ & enter into the narrow gate & walk in the strait path which leads to life & continue in the path untill the end of the day of probation & now my beloved Brethren & also Jew & all ye ends of the earth hearken unto these words & believe in Christ & if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ & if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words for [p. 94]
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