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

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of engraveing our words upon plates & we know that the things which we write upon plates must remain but whatsoever things we write upon any thing save it be upon plates must perish & vanish away but we can write a few words upon plates which will give our children & also our beloved Brethren a small degree of knowledge concerning us or concerning their fathers now in this thing we do rejoice & we labour diligently to engraven these words upon plates hopeing that our beloved Brethren & our children will receive them with thankful hearts & look upon them that they may learn with joy & not with sorrow neither with contempt concerning their first parents for for this intent have we written these things that they may know that we knew of Christ & we had a hope of his glory many hundred years before his comeing & not only we ourselves had a hope of his glory but also all the holy Prophets which were before us behold they believed in Christ & worshiped the Father in his name & also we worship the Father in his name & for this intent we keep the law of Moses it pointing our souls to him & for this cause it is sanctified unto us for righteousness even as it was accounted unto Abraham in the wilderness to be obediant unto the commands of God in offering up his Son Isaac which was a similitude of God & his only begotten Son wherefore we search the Prophets & we have many revelations & the spirit of Prophesy & haveing all these witnesses we obtain a hope & our faith becometh unshaken insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus & the verry trees obey us or the mountains or the waves of the Sea nevertheless the Lord God sheweth us our weakness that we may know that it is by his grace & his great condesensions unto the children of men that we have power to do these things behold great & marvelous are the works of the Lord how unsearchible are the debths of the mysteries of him & it is impossible that man should find out all his ways & no man knoweth of his ways save it be revealed unto him wherefore Brethren despise not the revelations of God for behold by the power of his word man came upon the face of the earth which earth was created by the power of his word wherefore if God being able to speak & the world was & to speak & man was <​created​> O then why not able to command the earth or the workmanship of his hands upon the face of it according to his will & pleasure wherefore Brethren seek not to counsel the Lord but to take counsel from his hand for behold ye yourselves know that he counseleth in wisdom & in Justice & in great mercy over all his works wherefore beloved be reconciled unto him through the atonement of Christ his only begotten Son that ye may obtain a resurrection according to the power of the resurrection which is in Christ & be presented as the first fruits of Christ unto God haveing faith & obtained a good hope of glory in him before he manifesteth himself in the flesh & now beloved marvel not that I tell you these things for why not speak of the atonement of Christ & attain to a perfect knowledge of him as to attain [p. 100]
of engraveing our words upon plates & we know that the things which we write upon plates must remain but whatsoever things we write upon any thing save it be upon plates must perish & vanish away but we can write a few words upon plates which will give our children & also our beloved Brethren a small degree of knowledge concerning us or concerning their fathers now in this thing we do rejoice & we labour diligently to engraven these words upon plates hopeing that our beloved Brethren & our children will receive them with thankful hearts & look upon them that they may learn with joy & not with sorrow neither with contempt concerning their first parents for for this intent have we written these things that they may know that we knew of Christ & we had a hope of his glory many hundred years before his comeing & not only we ourselves had a hope of his glory but also all the holy Prophets which were before us behold they believed in Christ & worshiped the Father in his name & also we worship the Father in his name & for this intent we keep the law of Moses it pointing our souls to him & for this cause it is sanctified unto us for righteousness even as it was accounted unto Abraham in the wilderness to be obediant unto the commands of God in offering up his Son Isaac which was a similitude of God & his only begotten Son wherefore we search the Prophets & we have many revelations & the spirit of Prophesy & haveing all these witnesses we obtain a hope & our faith becometh unshaken insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus & the verry trees obey us or the mountains or the waves of the Sea nevertheless the Lord God sheweth us our weakness that we may know that it is by his grace & his great condesensions unto the children of men that we have power to do these things behold great & marvelous are the works of the Lord how unsearchible are the debths of the mysteries of him & it is impossible that man should find out all his ways & no man knoweth of his ways save it be revealed unto him wherefore Brethren despise not the revelations of God for behold by the power of his word man came upon the face of the earth which earth was created by the power of his word wherefore if God being able to speak & the world was & to speak & man was created O then why not able to command the earth or the workmanship of his hands upon the face of it according to his will & pleasure wherefore Brethren seek not to counsel the Lord but to take counsel from his hand for behold ye yourselves know that he counseleth in wisdom & in Justice & in great mercy over all his works wherefore beloved be reconciled unto him through the atonement of Christ his only begotten Son that ye may obtain a resurrection according to the power of the resurrection which is in Christ & be presented as the first fruits of Christ unto God haveing faith & obtained a good hope of glory in him before he manifesteth himself in the flesh & now beloved marvel not that I tell you these things for why not speak of the atonement of Christ & attain to a perfect knowledge of him as to attain [p. 100]
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