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

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did not exercise his justice upon us but in his great mercy hath brought us over that everlasting gulf of death & miseary even to the salvation of our souls & now behold my brethren what natural man is there that knoweth these things I say unto you there is none that knoweth these things save it be the penitant yea he that repenteth & exerciseth faith & bringeth forth good works & prayeth continually without ceaseing unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God yea unto such it shall be given to reveal things which have never have been revealed yea & it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to repentance even as it hath been given unto us to bring these our brethren to repentance now do ye remember my brethren that we said unto our brethren in the land of Zarahemla we go up to the land of Nephi to preach unto our brethren the Lamanites & they laughed us to scorn for they said unto us do ye suppose that ye can bring the Lamanites to the knowledge of the truth do ye suppose that ye can convince the Lamanites of the incorrectness of the traditions of their fathers as stiffnecked a people as they are whose hearts delighteth in the shedding of blood whose days have been spent in the grossest iniquity whose ways have been the ways of a transgressor from the beginning now my brethren ye remember that this was their language & moreover they did say let us take up arms against them that we destroy them & their iniquity out of the land lest they overrun us & destroy us but behold my <​beloved​> brethren we came into the wilderness not with the intent to destroy our brethren but with the intent that perhaps we might save some few of their <​souls​> sou now when our hearts were depressed & we were about to turn back behold the Lord comforted us & said go amongst thy brethren the Lamanites & bear with patience thine afflictions & I will give unto thee success & mow behold we have come & been forth amongst them & we have been patient in our sufferings & we have suffered every privation yea we have traveled from house to house relying upon the mercies of the world not upon the mercies of the world alone but upon the mercies of God & we have entered into their houses & taught them & we have taught them in their streets yea & we have taught them upon their hills & we have also entered into their tempels & their Synagogues & taught them & we have been cast out & mocked & spit upon & smote upon our cheeks & we have been stoned & taken & bound with strong cords & cast into prison & through & the power & wisdom of God we have been delivered again & we have suffered all manner of afflictions & all this that perhaps we might be the means of saveing some soul & we supposed that our joy would be full if perhaps we could be the means of saving some now behold we can look forth & see the fruits of our labours & are they few I say unto you nay they are many yea & we can [p. 239]
did not exercise his justice upon us but in his great mercy hath brought us over that everlasting gulf of death & miseary even to the salvation of our souls & now behold my brethren what natural man is there that knoweth these things I say unto you there is none that knoweth these things save it be the penitant yea he that repenteth & exerciseth faith & bringeth forth good works & prayeth continually without ceaseing unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God yea unto such it shall be given to reveal things which never have been revealed yea & it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to repentance even as it hath been given unto us to bring these our brethren to repentance now do ye remember my brethren that we said unto our brethren in the land of Zarahemla we go up to the land of Nephi to preach unto our brethren the Lamanites & they laughed us to scorn for they said unto us do ye suppose that ye can bring the Lamanites to the knowledge of the truth do ye suppose that ye can convince the Lamanites of the incorrectness of the traditions of their fathers as stiffnecked a people as they are whose hearts delighteth in the shedding of blood whose days have been spent in the grossest iniquity whose ways have been the ways of a transgressor from the beginning now my brethren ye remember that this was their language & moreover they did say let us take up arms against them that we destroy them & their iniquity out of the land lest they overrun us & destroy us but behold my beloved brethren we came into the wilderness not with the intent to destroy our brethren but with the intent that perhaps we might save some few of their souls now when our hearts were depressed & we were about to turn back behold the Lord comforted us & said go amongst thy brethren the Lamanites & bear with patience thine afflictions & I will give unto thee success & mow behold we have come & been forth amongst them & we have been patient in our sufferings & we have suffered every privation yea we have traveled from house to house relying upon the mercies of the world not upon the mercies of the world alone but upon the mercies of God & we have entered into their houses & taught them & we have taught them in their streets yea & we have taught them upon their hills & we have also entered into their tempels & their Synagogues & taught them & we have been cast out & mocked & spit upon & smote upon our cheeks & we have been stoned & taken & bound with strong cords & cast into prison & through the power & wisdom of God we have been delivered again & we have suffered all manner of afflictions & all this that perhaps we might be the means of saveing some soul & we supposed that our joy would be full if perhaps we could be the means of saving some now behold we can look forth & see the fruits of our labours & are they few I say unto you nay they are many yea & we can [p. 239]
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