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

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unto me with a broken heart & a contrite spirit him will I baptise with fire & with the holy Ghost even as the Lamanites because of their faith in me at the time of their conversion were baptised with fire & with the holy Ghost & they knew it not behold I have come unto the world to bring redemption unto the world to save the world from sin therefore whoso repenteth & cometh unto me as a little Child him will I receive for of such is the Kingdom of God behold for such I have laid down my life & have taken it up again therefore repent & come unto me ye ends of the earth & be saved & now behold it came to pass that all the people of the land did hear these sayings & did witness of it & after these sayings there was silence in the land for the space of many hours so great was the astonishment of the people that they did <​cease​> from <​lamenting &​> howling for the loss of their kindreds which had been slain therefore there was silence in all the land for the space of many hours & it came to pass that there came a voice again unto the people & all the people did hear & did witness of it saying O ye people of these great cities which have fallen which are a decendant of Jacob yea which are of the house of Israel O ye people of the house of Israel how oft have I gathered you as a hen gathereth he chickens under her wings & have nourished you & again How oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings yea O ye people of the house of Israel which have falllen <​fallen​> yea O ye people of the house of Israel ye that dwell at Jerusalem as ye that have fallen yea hay oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens & ye would not O ye house of Israel whom I have spared how oft will I gather you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings if ye will repent & return unto me with full purpose of heart but if not O house of Israel the place of your dwellings shall become desolate until the time of the fulfilling of the covenant to your fathers & now it came to pass that after the people had heard these words behold they began to weep & howl again because of the loss of their kindreds & friends & it came to pass that thus did the three days pass away & it was in the morning & the darkness did pass <​dispersed​> from off the face of the land & the earth did cease to tremble & the rocks did cease to <​rend​> & the dreadful groanings did cease & all the tumultuous noise did pass away & the dark <​earth​> did close <​cleave​> together again that it stood & the mourning & the weeping & the wailing of the people which were spared alive did cease & their mourning was turned unto into joy & their lamentations into the praise & the thanks giveing unto the Lord Jesus Christ their Redeemer & thus far were the Scriptures fulfilled which had been spoken by the prophets & it was the more righteous part of the people which were saved & it was they which received the prophets & stoned them not & it was they which had not shed the blood of the saints which were spared & they were spared & were not sunk & buried up in the earth & they were not drowned in the debths of the Sea & they were not burned by fire neither were they falle <​fallen​> upon & crushed to death & they were not carried away in the whirlwind neither were they overpowered by the vapours of smoke & of darkness & now whoso readeth let him understand he that hath the Scriptures let him search them & see & behold if all these deaths & destructions by fire & by smoke & by tempests & by whirlwinds & by the opening [p. 379]
unto me with a broken heart & a contrite spirit him will I baptise with fire & with the holy Ghost even as the Lamanites because of their faith in me at the time of their conversion were baptised with fire & with the holy Ghost & they knew it not behold I have come unto the world to bring redemption unto the world to save the world from sin therefore whoso repenteth & cometh unto me as a little Child him will I receive for of such is the Kingdom of God behold for such I have laid down my life & have taken it up again therefore repent & come unto me ye ends of the earth & be saved & now behold it came to pass that all the people of the land did hear these sayings & did witness of it & after these sayings there was silence in the land for the space of many hours so great was the astonishment of the people that they did cease lamenting & howling for the loss of their kindreds which had been slain therefore there was silence in all the land for the space of many hours & it came to pass that there came a voice again unto the people & all the people did hear & did witness of it saying O ye people of these great cities which have fallen which are a decendant of Jacob yea which are of the house of Israel O ye people of the house of Israel how oft have I gathered you as a hen gathereth he chickens under her wings & have nourished you & again How oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings yea O ye people of the house of Israel which have fallen yea O ye people of the house of Israel ye that dwell at Jerusalem as ye that have fallen yea hay oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens & ye would not O ye house of Israel whom I have spared how oft will I gather you as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings if ye will repent & return unto me with full purpose of heart but if not O house of Israel the place of your dwellings shall become desolate until the time of the fulfilling of the covenant to your fathers & now it came to pass that after the people had heard these words behold they began to weep & howl again because of the loss of their kindreds & friends & it came to pass that thus did the three days pass away & it was in the morning & the darkness dispersed from off the face of the land & the earth did cease to tremble & the rocks did cease to rend & the dreadful groanings did cease & all the tumultuous noise did pass away & the earth did cleave together again that it stood & the mourning & the weeping & the wailing of the people which were spared alive did cease & their mourning was turned into joy & their lamentations into the praise & the thanks giveing unto the Lord Jesus Christ their Redeemer & thus far were the Scriptures fulfilled which had been spoken by the prophets & it was the more righteous part of the people which were saved & it was they which received the prophets & stoned them not & it was they which had not shed the blood of the saints which were spared & they were spared & were not sunk & buried up in the earth & they were not drowned in the debths of the Sea & they were not burned by fire neither were they fallen upon & crushed to death & they were not carried away in the whirlwind neither were they overpowered by the vapours of smoke & of darkness & now whoso readeth let him understand he that hath the Scriptures let him search them & see & behold if all these deaths & destructions by fire & by smoke & by tempests & by whirlwinds & by the opening [p. 379]
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