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

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of afflictions & this because of the great wickedness of those who are seeking for power & authority yea even those Kingmen but why should I say much concerning this matter but <​for​> we know not but what ye yourselves are a seeking for authority we know not but what ye are also traitors to your country or is it that ye have neglected us because ye are in the heart of our country & ye are surrounded by security that ye do not cause food to be sent unto us & also men to strengthen our armies have ye forgat the commandments of the Lord your God yea have ye forgat the captivity of our fathers have ye forgat the many times we have been delivered out of the hands of our enemies or do ye suppose that the Lord will still deliver us while we sit upon our thrones & do not make use of the means which the Lord hath provided for us yea will ye sit in idleness while ye are surrounded with thousands of those yea & tens of thousands of those <​which do​> also sit in idleness while there are thousands round about in the borders of the land which are falling by the sword yea wounded & bleeding do ye suppose that God will look upon you as guiltless while ye sit still & behold these things behold I say unto you nay now I would that ye should remember that God hath said that the inward vessel shall be cleansed first & then shall the outer vessel be cleansed also & now except ye do repent of that which ye have done & begin to be up & doing & send forth food & men unto us & also unto Helaman that he may support those parts of our country which he hath obtained that we may also recover the remainder of our possessions in these parts behold it will be expediant that we contend no more with the Lamanites until we have first cleansed our inner <​inner​> vessel yea even the great head of our goverment & except ye grant mine Epistle & come out & shew unto me a true spirit of freedom & try to strengthen & fortify our armies & grant unto them food for their support behold I will leave a part of my Freemen to maintain this part of our land & I will leave the strength of <​& &​> the blessings of God upon them that none other power can opperate against them & this because of their exceding faith & their patience in their tribullations & I will come unto you & if there be any among you that hath a desire for freedom yea if there be even a spark of freedom remaining behold I will stir up insurrections among you even until those who hath desires to usurp power & authority shall become extinct yea behold I do not fear your power nor your authority but it is my God whom I fear & it is according to his commandments that I do take my sword to defend the cause of my country & it is because of your iniquity that we have suffered so much loss behold it is time yea the time is <​now​> at hand that except ye do bestir yourselves in the defence of your country & your little ones the sword [p. 322]
of afflictions & this because of the great wickedness of those who are seeking for power & authority yea even those Kingmen but why should I say much concerning this matter for we know not but what ye yourselves are a seeking for authority we know not but what ye are also traitors to your country or is it that ye have neglected us because ye are in the heart of our country & ye are surrounded by security that ye do not cause food to be sent unto us & also men to strengthen our armies have ye forgat the commandments of the Lord your God yea have ye forgat the captivity of our fathers have ye forgat the many times we have been delivered out of the hands of our enemies or do ye suppose that the Lord will still deliver us while we sit upon our thrones & do not make use of the means which the Lord hath provided for us yea will ye sit in idleness while ye are surrounded with thousands of those yea & tens of thousands which do also sit in idleness while there are thousands round about in the borders of the land which are falling by the sword yea wounded & bleeding do ye suppose that God will look upon you as guiltless while ye sit still & behold these things behold I say unto you nay now I would that ye should remember that God hath said that the inward vessel shall be cleansed first & then shall the outer vessel be cleansed also & now except ye do repent of that which ye have done & begin to be up & doing & send forth food & men unto us & also unto Helaman that he may support those parts of our country which he hath obtained that we may also recover the remainder of our possessions in these parts behold it will be expediant that we contend no more with the Lamanites until we have first cleansed our inner vessel yea even the great head of our goverment & except ye grant mine Epistle & come out & shew unto me a true spirit of freedom & try to strengthen & fortify our armies & grant unto them food for their support behold I will leave a part of my Freemen to maintain this part of our land & I will leave the strength & the blessings of God upon them that none other power can opperate against them & this because of their exceding faith & their patience in their tribullations & I will come unto you & if there be any among you that hath a desire for freedom yea if there be even a spark of freedom remaining behold I will stir up insurrections among you even until those who hath desires to usurp power & authority shall become extinct yea behold I do not fear your power nor your authority but it is my God whom I fear & it is according to his commandments that I do take my sword to defend the cause of my country & it is because of your iniquity that we have suffered so much loss behold it is time yea the time is now at hand that except ye do bestir yourselves in the defence of your country & your little ones the sword [p. 322]
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