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

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elder daughter of Ishmael to wife & thus my father had fulfilledall the commandments of the Lord which had been given unto him & also I Nephi had been blessed of the Lord excedingly & it came to pass that the voice of the Lord spake unto my father by night & commanded him that on the morrow he should take his journy into the wilderness & it came to pass that as my father arose in the morning & went forth to the tent door & to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship & it was of fine Brass & within the Ball was two spindles & the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness & it came to pass that we did gather together whatsoever things we should carry into the wilderness & all the remainder of our provisions which the Lord had given unto us & we did take seed of every kind that we might carry into the wilderness & it came to pass that we did take our tents & departed in to the wilderness across the river Laman & it came to pass that we traveled for the space of four days nearly a South Southeast direction & we did pitch our tents again & we did call the name of the place Shazer & it came to pass that we did take our bows & our arrows & go forth into the wilderness to slay food for our families & after that we had slain food for our families we did return again to our families in the wilderness to the place of Shazer & we did go forth again in the wilderness following the same direction keeping in the most fertile parts of the wilderness which was in the borders near the Red Sea & it came to pass that we did travel for the space of many days slaying food by the way with our bows & our arrows & our stones & our slings & we did follow the directions of the ball which lead us in the more fertile parts of the wilderness & after that we had traveled for the space of many days we did pitch our tents for the space of a time that we might again rest ourselves & obtain food for our families & it came to pass that as I Nephi went forth to slay food behold I did break my bow which was made of fine steel & after that I did break my bow behold my Brethren were angery with me because of the loss of my bow for we did obtain no food & it came to pass that we did return without food to our families & being much fateagued because of their journying they did suffer much for the want of food & it came to pass that Laman & Lemuel & the Sons of Ishmael did begin to murmur excedingly because of their sufferings & afflictions in the wilderness & also my father began to murmur against the Lord his God yea & they were all excding sorrowful even that they did murmur against the Lord now it came to pass that I Nephi haveing been afflicted [p. 29]
elder daughter of Ishmael to wife & thus my father had fulfilledall the commandments of the Lord which had been given unto him & also I Nephi had been blessed of the Lord excedingly & it came to pass that the voice of the Lord spake unto my father by night & commanded him that on the morrow he should take his journy into the wilderness & it came to pass that as my father arose in the morning & went forth to the tent door & to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship & it was of fine Brass & within the Ball was two spindles & the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness & it came to pass that we did gather together whatsoever things we should carry into the wilderness & all the remainder of our provisions which the Lord had given unto us & we did take seed of every kind that we might carry into the wilderness & it came to pass that we did take our tents & departed in to the wilderness across the river Laman & it came to pass that we traveled for the space of four days nearly a South Southeast direction & we did pitch our tents again & we did call the name of the place Shazer & it came to pass that we did take our bows & our arrows & go forth into the wilderness to slay food for our families & after that we had slain food for our families we did return again to our families in the wilderness to the place of Shazer & we did go forth again in the wilderness following the same direction keeping in the most fertile parts of the wilderness which was in the borders near the Red Sea & it came to pass that we did travel for the space of many days slaying food by the way with our bows & our arrows & our stones & our slings & we did follow the directions of the ball which lead us in the more fertile parts of the wilderness & after that we had traveled for the space of many days we did pitch our tents for the space of a time that we might again rest ourselves & obtain food for our families & it came to pass that as I Nephi went forth to slay food behold I did break my bow which was made of fine steel & after that I did break my bow behold my Brethren were angery with me because of the loss of my bow for we did obtain no food & it came to pass that we did return without food to our families & being much fateagued because of their journying they did suffer much for the want of food & it came to pass that Laman & Lemuel & the Sons of Ishmael did begin to murmur excedingly because of their sufferings & afflictions in the wilderness & also my father began to murmur against the Lord his God yea & they were all excding sorrowful even that they did murmur against the Lord now it came to pass that I Nephi haveing been afflicted [p. 29]
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