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

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wist not what it meant for they thought it was an angel that had appeared unto them & it came to pass that he streached forth his hand & spake unto the people saying Behold I am Jesus Christ of which the prophets testified that should come into the world & behold I am the light & the life of the world & I have drank out of that bitter cup which <​the​> Father hath given me & have glorified the Father in takeing upon me the sins of the world in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning & it came to pass that when Jesus had spake these words the whole multitude fell to the earth for they remembered that it had been prophesied among them that Christ should shew himself unto them after his assension into Heaven & it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying arise & come forth unto me that ye may thrust your hands into my side & also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands & in my feet that ye may know that I am the God of Israel & the God of the whole earth & have been slain for the sins of the world & it came to pass that the multitude went forth & did <​thrust​> their hands into his side & did feel the prints of the nails in his hands & in his feet & this they did do going forth one by one until they had all gone forth & did see with their eyes & did feel with their hands & did know of a surety & did bear record that it was he of whom it was written by the prophets that should come & it came to pass that when they had all gone forth & had witnessed for themselves they did cry out with one accord saying Hozannah to the most <​blessed be​> had <​blessed​> be the name of the most high God & they did fall down at the feet of Jesus & did worship him & it came to pass that he spake unto Nephi for Nephi was among the multitude & commanded him that he should come forth & Nephi arose & went forth & bowed himself before the Lord & he did kiss his feet & the Lord commanded him that he should arise & he arose & stood before him & the Lord said unto him I give unto you power that ye shall baptise this people when I am again ascended into Heaven & again the Lord called others & said unto them likewise & he gave unto them power to Baptise & he sayeth unto them on this wise shall ye baptise & there shall be no disputations among you verily I say unto you that whosoever repenteth of his sins through your words & desireth to be baptised in my name on this wise shall ye baptise them behold ye shall go down & stand in the water & in my name shall <​ye​> baptise them & now behold these are the words which ye shall say calling them by name saying having authority <​Having authority​> given me of Jesus Christ I baptise you in the name of the Father & of the Son & of the Holy Ghost Amen & then shall ye immerse them in the water & come forth again out of the water & after this manner shall ye baptise in my name for behold verily I say unto you that the Father & the Son & the Holy Ghost are one & I am in the Father & the Father in me & the Father & I are one & according as I have commanded you thus shall ye baptise & there shall be no disputations among you <​as there hath hitherto been neither shall there be disputations among you concernin you​> concerning the points of my doctrine as there hath hitherto been for verily verily I say unto you he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me but is of the Devil which is the father of contention & he stireth up the hearts of men to contend with anger one with another behold this is not my doctrine to stir up the hearts of men to <​with​> anger against one <​against​> another but this is my doctrine that such things should be done away behold verily verily I say unto you I will [p. 381]
wist not what it meant for they thought it was an angel that had appeared unto them & it came to pass that he streached forth his hand & spake unto the people saying Behold I am Jesus Christ of which the prophets testified that should come into the world & behold I am the light & the life of the world & I have drank out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me & have glorified the Father in takeing upon me the sins of the world in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning & it came to pass that when Jesus had spake these words the whole multitude fell to the earth for they remembered that it had been prophesied among them that Christ should shew himself unto them after his assension into Heaven & it came to pass that the Lord spake unto them saying arise & come forth unto me that ye may thrust your hands into my side & also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands & in my feet that ye may know that I am the God of Israel & the God of the whole earth & have been slain for the sins of the world & it came to pass that the multitude went forth & thrust their hands into his side & did feel the prints of the nails in his hands & in his feet & this they did do going forth one by one until they had all gone forth & did see with their eyes & did feel with their hands & did know of a surety & did bear record that it was he of whom it was written by the prophets that should come & it came to pass that when they had all gone forth & had witnessed for themselves they did cry out with one accord saying Hozannah blessed be the name of the most high God & they did fall down at the feet of Jesus & did worship him & it came to pass that he spake unto Nephi for Nephi was among the multitude & commanded him that he should come forth & Nephi arose & went forth & bowed himself before the Lord & he did kiss his feet & the Lord commanded him that he should arise & he arose & stood before him & the Lord said unto him I give unto you power that ye shall baptise this people when I am again ascended into Heaven & again the Lord called others & said unto them likewise & he gave unto them power to Baptise & he sayeth unto them on this wise shall ye baptise & there shall be no disputations among you verily I say unto you that whoso repenteth of his sins through your words & desireth to be baptised in my name on this wise shall ye baptise them behold ye shall go down & stand in the water & in my name shall ye baptise them & now behold these are the words which ye shall say calling them by name saying Having authority given me of Jesus Christ I baptise you in the name of the Father & of the Son & of the Holy Ghost Amen & then shall ye immerse them in the water & come forth again out of the water & after this manner shall ye baptise in my name for behold verily I say unto you that the Father & the Son & the Holy Ghost are one & I am in the Father & the Father in me & the Father & I are one & according as I have commanded you thus shall ye baptise & there shall be no disputations among you as there hath hitherto been neither shall there be disputations among you concerning the points of my doctrine as there hath hitherto been for verily verily I say unto you he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me but is of the Devil which is the father of contention & he stireth up the hearts of men to contend with anger one with another behold this is not my doctrine to stir up the hearts of men with anger one against another but this is my doctrine that such things should be done away behold verily verily I say unto you I will [p. 381]
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