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

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were dark according to the mark which was set upon their Fathers which was a curse upon them because of their transgressions & their rebellion against their brethren, which Consisted of Nephi Jacob & Joseph & Sam which were just & holy men & their brethren saught to destroy them therefore they Cursed & the Lord God set a mark upon them yea upon Laman & Lemuel and also the Sons of Ishmael & the Ishmaelitish women & this the Was done that their seed might be destinguished from the seed of their brethren that thereby the Lord God might preserve his people that they might not mix & believe in incorrect traditions which would prove their destruction. And it came to pass that whosoever did mingle his seed with that of the Lamanites did bring the same Curse upon his seed therefore whomsoever suffered himself to be led away <​by​> the Lamanites were Called under that head & there was a mark set upon him. And it came to pass that whosoever would not believe in the tradition of the Lamanites but believed those Records which were brought out of the land of Jerusalem & also in the tradition of their Fathers which were correct which believed in the commandments of God & kept them were called the Nephites or the people of Nephi from that time forth & it is they which have kept the Records which are true of their People & also of the people of the Lamanites. Now we will return again to the Amlicites for they also they had a mark set upon them yea they set the mark upon themselves yea over a mark of red upon their foreheads thus I The word of God is fulfiled <​for​> these are the words which he saith to Nephi. Behold the Lamanites have I Cursed & I will set a mark upon them that they & their seed may be separated from thee & thy seed from this time henceforth and for ever except they repent of their wickedness & turn to me that I may have mercy upon them, And again I will set a mark upon him that mingleeth his seed with thy Brethren they that they may be Cursed also, and again will I set a mark upon him that fighteth against thee and thy seed & again I say he that departeth from thee shall no more be Called thy seed, and I will bless the &c. and whomsoever shall be Called thy seed henceforth and for ever, And these were the promises of the Lord unto Nephi and to his seed. Now the Amlicites knew not that they were fulfiling the words of God when they bgan to mark themselves in their foreheads nevertheless as they had come out in open rebelling rebellinon against God therefore it was expedient that the curse should foll upon them, now I would that ye should see that they brought upon themselves the Curse & even so doeth every man that is Cursed bringeth upon himself his own Condemnation [p. 176]
were dark according to the mark which was set upon their Fathers which was a curse upon them because of their transgression & their rebellion against their brethren, which Consisted of Nephi Jacob & Joseph & Sam which were just & holy men & their brethren saught to destroy them therefore they Cursed & the Lord God set a mark upon them yea upon Laman & Lemuel and also the Sons of Ishmael & the Ishmaelitish women & this Was done that their seed might be destinguished from the seed of their brethren that thereby the Lord God might preserve his people that they might not mix & believe in incorrect traditions which would prove their destruction. And it came to pass that whosoever did mingle his seed with that of the Lamanites did bring the same Curse upon his seed therefore whomsoever suffered himself to be led away by the Lamanites were Called under that head & there was a mark set upon him. And it came to pass that whosoever would not believe in the tradition of the Lamanites but believed those Records which were brought out of the land of Jerusalem & also in the tradition of their Fathers which were correct which believed in the commandments of God & kept them were called the Nephites or the people of Nephi from that time forth & it is they which have kept the Records which are true of their People & also of the people of the Lamanites. Now we will return again to the Amlicites for they also had a mark set upon them yea they set the mark upon themselves yea over a mark of red upon their foreheads thus The word of God is fulfiled for these are the words which he saith to Nephi. Behold the Lamanites have I Cursed & I will set a mark upon them that they & their seed may be separated from thee & thy seed from this time henceforth and for ever except they repent of their wickedness & turn to me that I may have mercy upon them, And again I will set a mark upon him that mingleeth his seed with thy Brethren that they may be Cursed also, and again will I set a mark upon him that fighteth against thee and thy seed & again I say he that departeth from thee shall no more be Called thy seed, and I will bless the &c. and whomsoever shall be Called thy seed henceforth and for ever, And these were the promises of the Lord unto Nephi and to his seed. Now the Amlicites knew not that they were fulfiling the words of God when they bgan to mark themselves in their foreheads nevertheless as they had come out in open rebellinon against God therefore it was expedient that the curse should foll upon them, now I would that ye should see that they brought upon themselves the Curse & even so doeth every man that is Cursed bringeth upon himself his own Condemnation [p. 176]
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