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

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of Nephi there began to be continual peace throughout all the land yea & the people did observe to keep the commandments of God <​the​> Lord & they were strict in observing the ordinance<​s​> of God according to the law of Moses for they were taught to keep the law of Moses until it should be fulfilled & thus the people did have no disterbance in all the sixteenth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi & it came to pass in the seventeenth year of the reign of the Judges there was continual peace but it came to pass in the latter end of the seventeenth year there came a man into the land of Zarahemla & he was Anti Christ for he began to preach unto the people against the prophecies which had been spoken by the prophets concerning the coming of Christ now there was no law against a mans belief for it was strictly conterary to the commands of God that there should <​be a law​> bring men on to unequal grounds for thus saith the scripture chose ye this day whom ye will serve now if a man desired to serve God it was his privilege or rather if he believed in God it was his privilege to serve him but if he did not believe in him there was no law to punish him but if he murdered he was punished unto death & if he robed he was also punished & if he stole he was also punished & if he committed adultry he was also punished yea for all this wickedness they were punished for there was a law that men should be judged according to their crimes nevertheless there was no law against a mans belief therefore a man was punished only for the crimes which he had done therefore all men were on equal grounds & this Anti Christ whose name was Korihor & the law could have no hold upon him & he began to preach unto the people that there should be no christ & after this manner did he preach saying O ye that are bound down under a foolish & a vain hope why do ye yoke yourselves with such foolish things why do ye look for a christ for no man can know of any thing which is to come behold these things which ye call prophecies which ye say are handed down by holy prophets behold they are foolish traditions of your fathers how do ye know of their surety behold ye cannot know of things that <​which​> ye do not see therefore ye cannot know that there shall be a christ ye look forward & say that ye see a remission of your sins but behold it is the effects of a phrenzied mind & this derangement of your minds comes because of the tradition of your fathers which lead you away into a belief of things which are not so & many more such things did he say unto them telling them that there could be no atonement made for the sins of the world but every man faired in this life according to the management of the creture therefore every man prospered according to his genius & that every man conquered according to his strength & whatsoever a man did was no crime & thus he did preach unto them leading away the hearts of many caasing them to lift up their heads in their wickedness yea leading away man <​many​> [p. 245]
of Nephi there began to be continual peace throughout all the land yea & the people did observe to keep the commandments of the Lord & they were strict in observing the ordinances of God according to the law of Moses for they were taught to keep the law of Moses until it should be fulfilled & thus the people did have no disterbance in all the sixteenth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi & it came to pass in the seventeenth year of the reign of the Judges there was continual peace but it came to pass in the latter end of the seventeenth year there came a man into the land of Zarahemla & he was Anti Christ for he began to preach unto the people against the prophecies which had been spoken by the prophets concerning the coming of Christ now there was no law against a mans belief for it was strictly conterary to the commands of God that there should be a law bring men on to unequal grounds for thus saith the scripture chose ye this day whom ye will serve now if a man desired to serve God it was his privilege or rather if he believed in God it was his privilege to serve him but if he did not believe in him there was no law to punish him but if he murdered he was punished unto death & if he robed he was also punished & if he stole he was also punished & if he committed adultry he was also punished yea for all this wickedness they were punished for there was a law that men should be judged according to their crimes nevertheless there was no law against a mans belief therefore a man was punished only for the crimes which he had done therefore all men were on equal grounds & this Anti Christ whose name was Korihor & the law could have no hold upon him & he began to preach unto the people that there should be no christ & after this manner did he preach saying O ye that are bound down under a foolish & a vain hope why do ye yoke yourselves with such foolish things why do ye look for a christ for no man can know of any thing which is to come behold these things which ye call prophecies which ye say are handed down by holy prophets behold they are foolish traditions of your fathers how do ye know of their surety behold ye cannot know of things which ye do not see therefore ye cannot know that there shall be a christ ye look forward & say that ye see a remission of your sins but behold it is the effects of a phrenzied mind & this derangement of your minds comes because of the tradition of your fathers which lead you away into a belief of things which are not so & many more such things did he say unto them telling them that there could be no atonement made for the sins of the world but every man faired in this life according to the management of the creture therefore every man prospered according to his genius & that every man conquered according to his strength & whatsoever a man did was no crime & thus he did preach unto them leading away the hearts of many caasing them to lift up their heads in their wickedness yea leading away many [p. 245]
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