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

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unto me saying cry unto this people saying Repent ye, repent ye and prepare the way of the Lord and walk in his paths which are strait, for behold the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand and the Son of God cometh upon the face of the Earth and behold he shall be born of Mary at Jerusalem which is the land of our fore Fathers She being a virgin a precious and Chosen Vessel who shall be over shadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost and bring forth a Son yea even the Son of God and he shall go forth suffering pain and affliction and temptation of every Kind and this this that the word might be fulfiled which sayith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people and he will take upon him Death that he may loose the bands of Death which bind his people and he will take upon him their infirmities that his bowels may be filled with mercy According to the flesh that he may know according to the flesh how to suffer his people according to their infermities, now the spirit knoweth all things nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people that he might blot out their transgresseons according to the power of his deliverance, and now behold this is the testimony which is in me, now I say unto you that ye must repent and and be born again for the spirit sayeth if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the Kingdom of Heaven therefore come and be Baptised unto repentance that ye may be washed from your sins that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world which is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness yea I say unto you come and fear not and lay aside every Sin which easily doth beset you which doth bind you down to destruction yea come and go forth and show unto your God that ye are willing to repent of your sins and enter into a covenant with him to keep his commandments and witness it unto him this day by going into the waters of Baptism and whosoever doeth this and keepeth the commandments of God from thenceforth the same will remember that I say unto him yea he will remember that I have said unto him he shall have eternal life according to the testimony of the holy spirit which testifieth in me, and now my beloved Brethren do you believe these things, behold I say unto you yea I know that you believe them and the way I That I know that ye believe them is by the manifestation of the spirit which is in me and now because your faith is strong concerning that, yea concerning the things which I have spoken great is my joy. for as I said unto you from the begining that I had much desire that ye wa not in the state of dilemma like your Brethren even so I have found that my desires have been gratified for I perceive that ye are in the paths of righteousness I perceive that ye are in the paths which to leads to the Kingdom of God yea I perceive that ye are making his paths strait I perceive that it hath been made known unto you [p. 186]
unto me saying cry unto this people saying Repent ye, repent ye and prepare the way of the Lord and walk in his paths which are strait, for behold the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand and the Son of God cometh upon the face of the Earth and behold he shall be born of Mary at Jerusalem which is the land of our fore Fathers She being a virgin a precious and Chosen Vessel who shall be over shadowed and conceive by the power of the Holy Ghost and bring forth a Son yea even the Son of God and he shall go forth suffering pain and affliction and temptation of every Kind and this that the word might be fulfiled which sayith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people and he will take upon him Death that he may loose the bands of Death which bind his people and he will take upon him their infirmities that his bowels may be filled with mercy According to the flesh that he may know according to the flesh how to suffer his people according to their infermities, now the spirit knoweth all things nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people that he might blot out their transgresseons according to the power of his deliverance, and now behold this is the testimony which is in me, now I say unto you that ye must repent and be born again for the spirit sayeth if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the Kingdom of Heaven therefore come and be Baptised unto repentance that ye may be washed from your sins that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world which is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness yea I say unto you come and fear not and lay aside every Sin which easily doth beset you which doth bind you down to destruction yea come and go forth and show unto your God that ye are willing to repent of your sins and enter into a covenant with him to keep his commandments and witness it unto him this day by going into the waters of Baptism and whosoever doeth this and keepeth the commandments of God from thenceforth the same will remember that I say unto him yea he will remember that I have said unto him he shall have eternal life according to the testimony of the holy spirit which testifieth in me, and now my beloved Brethren do you believe these things, behold I say unto you yea I know that you believe them and the way That I know that ye believe them is by the manifestation of the spirit which is in me and now because your faith is strong concerning that, yea concerning the things which I have spoken great is my joy. for as I said unto you from the begining that I had much desire that ye wa not in the state of dilemma like your Brethren even so I have found that my desires have been gratified for I perceive that ye are in the paths of righteousness I perceive that ye are in the path which leads to the Kingdom of God yea I perceive that ye are making his paths strait I perceive that it hath been made known unto you [p. 186]
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