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

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now as soon as Ammon had read the record the king inquired of him to know if he could interpret languagees & Ammon told him that he could not & the king sayeth unto him I being grieved for the afflictions of my People I caused that forty & three of my People should take a journey into the wilderness that thereby they might find the land of Zarahemla that we might appeal unto our Brethren to deliver us out of bondage & they were lost in the wilderness for the space of many days yet they were diligent & found not the land of Zarahemla but returned to this land haveing traveled in a land among many waters having discovered a land which was covered with bones of men & of beasts .&C. & was also covered with ruins of buildings of every kind having discovered a land which had been Peopled with a People which were a numerous as the hosts of Israel & for a testimony that the things that they had <​hve​> said were <​is​> true they have brought twenty four plates which are filled with engraveings & they are of pure Gold & behold also they have brought breast plates which are large & they are of Brass & of copper & are perfectly sound & again they have brought swords the hilts thereof hath perished & the blades thereof were cankered with rust & there is no one <​in the land​> that is able to interpret the language or the engravings that are on the plates therefore I said unto the<​e​> canst thou translate & I say unto thee again knowest thou of any one that can translate for I am desireable <​desireous​> that these records should be translated into our language for perhaps they will give us a knowledge of a remnant of the People which have been destroid from whence these records came or perhaps they will give us a knowledge of this verry People which hath been destroid & I am desireous to know the cause of their destruction now Ammon <​saith​> unto him I can assuredly tell thee O king of a man that can translate the records for <​he​> hath wherewith that he can look & translate all records that are of antient date & it is a gift from God & the things are called interpreters & no man can look in them except he be commanded lest he should look for that he had not ought & he should perish & whosoever is commanded to look in them the same is called seer & behold the king of the People which is in the land of Zarahemla is the man that is commanded to do these things & which hath this high gift from God & the king saith that a seer is greater then a Prop <​Prophet​> & Ammon saith that a seer is a revelator & a prophet also & a gift which is greater can no man have except he should possess the power of God but a seer can know of things which has past & also of things which is to come & by them shall all things be revealed or rather shall secret things be made manifest & hiden things shall come to light & things which which as <​is​> not known shall be made known by them & also things shall be made known by them which otherwise could not be known thus God hath provided a means that man through faith might work mighty miracles therefore he becometh a great benefit to his fellow beings & now when Ammon had made an end of speaking these words the king rejoiced excedingly & gave thanks to God saying doubtless a great mystery is conta [p. 131]
now as soon as Ammon had read the record the king inquired of him to know if he could interpret languagees & Ammon told him that he could not & the king sayeth unto him I being grieved for the afflictions of my People I caused that forty & three of my People should take a journey into the wilderness that thereby they might find the land of Zarahemla that we might appeal unto our Brethren to deliver us out of bondage & they were lost in the wilderness for the space of many days yet they were diligent & found not the land of Zarahemla but returned to this land haveing traveled in a land among many waters having discovered a land which was covered with bones of men & of beasts .&C. & was also covered with ruins of buildings of every kind having discovered a land which had been Peopled with a People which were a numerous as the hosts of Israel & for a testimony that the things that they hve said is true they have brought twenty four plates which are filled with engraveings & they are of pure Gold & behold also they have brought breast plates which are large & they are of Brass & of copper & are perfectly sound & again they have brought swords the hilts thereof hath perished & the blades thereof were cankered with rust & there is no one in the land that is able to interpret the language or the engravings that are on the plates therefore I said unto thee canst thou translate & I say unto thee again knowest thou of any one that can translate for I am desireous that these records should be translated into our language for perhaps they will give us a knowledge of a remnant of the People which have been destroid from whence these records came or perhaps they will give us a knowledge of this verry People which hath been destroid & I am desireous to know the cause of their destruction now Ammon saith unto him I can assuredly tell thee O king of a man that can translate the records for he hath wherewith that he can look & translate all records that are of antient date & it is a gift from God & the things are called interpreters & no man can look in them except he be commanded lest he should look for that he had not ought & he should perish & whosoever is commanded to look in them the same is called seer & behold the king of the People which is in the land of Zarahemla is the man that is commanded to do these things & which hath this high gift from God & the king saith that a seer is greater then a Prophet & Ammon saith that a seer is a revelator & a prophet also & a gift which is greater can no man have except he should possess the power of God but a seer can know of things which has past & also of things which is to come & by them shall all things be revealed or rather shall secret things be made manifest & hiden things shall come to light & things which is not known shall be made known by them & also things shall be made known by them which otherwise could not be known thus God hath provided a means that man through faith might work mighty miracles therefore he becometh a great benefit to his fellow beings & now when Ammon had made an end of speaking these words the king rejoiced excedingly & gave thanks to God saying doubtless a great mystery is conta [p. 131]
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