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

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in the midst & Lamah had fallen with his ten thousand & Gilgal had fallen with his ten thousand & Limhah had follen with his ten thousand & Jonoum had fallen with his ten thousand & Cumenihah & moronihah & Antionum & shiblom & Shem & Josh had fallen with their tin thousand each & it came to pass thot there were ten more which did fall by the sword with their ten thousand each yea even all my People save it were those twenty & four which were with me & also a few which had escaped into the south countries & a few which had deserted over into unto the Lamanites had had fallen & their flesh & bones & blood lay upon the face of the earth being left by the hands of those who slew them to moulder upon the land & to crumble & to return to their mother earth & my soul was wrent with anguist because of the slain of my People & I said O ye fair ones how could ye have departed from the ways of the Lord O ye fair ones how could ye have rejected that Jesus who stood with open arms to receive you behold if ye had not done this ye would not have fallen but behold ye are fallen & I mourn your loss O ye fair sons & daughters ye Fathers & Mothers ye husbands & wives ye fair Ones how is it that ye could have fallen but behold ye are gone & my sorrows cannot bring your return & the day comeeth that your mortal must put on immortality & these bodies which are now mouldering in corruption must soon become incorruptable bodies & then ye must stand before the judgement seat of Christ to be judged according to your works & if it so be that ye are righteous then are ye blessed with your Fathers which have gone before you. O that ye had repened before that this great destruction had come upon you but behold ye are gone & the Father yea the eternal Father of Heaven knoweth State & he doeth with you according to his justece & mercy. And now I would speak somewhat unto the remnant of this People which are spared if it so be that God may give unto them my words that they may know of the things of their Fathers yea I speak unto you ye remnant of the house of Israel & this is the words which I speak know ye that ye are of the house of Israel know ye that ye must come unto repentance or ye cannot be saved know ye that ye must lay down your weapons of war & delight no more in the sheding of blood & take them not again save it be that God shall command you know ye that ye must come to the knowledge of your Fathers & repent of all your sins & iniquities & believe in Jesus Christ that he is the Son of God & that he was slain by the jews & by the power of the Father he hath risen again whereby he hath gained the victory over the grave & also in him is the sting of death swallowed up & he bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead whereby man must be raised to stand before his judgement seat & he hath brought to pass the redemption of the world whereby he that is found guiltless before him at the judgment day hath it given unto them to dwell in the presance of God in his Kingdom to sing ceaseleess praises with thee Choires above unto the Father & unto the Son & unto the Holy Ghost which is one God in a state of happiness which hath no end therefore repent & believe Baptised in the name of Jesus & lay hold upon the [p. 422]
in the midst & Lamah had fallen with his ten thousand & Gilgal had fallen with his ten thousand & Limhah had follen with his ten thousand & Jonoum had fallen with his ten thousand & Cumenihah & moronihah & Antionum & shiblom & Shem & Josh had fallen with their tin thousand each & it came to pass thot there were ten more which did fall by the sword with their ten thousand each yea even all my People save it were those twenty & four which were with me & also a few which had escaped into the south countries & a few which had deserted over unto the Lamanites had fallen & their flesh & bones & blood lay upon the face of the earth being left by the hands of those who slew them to moulder upon the land & to crumble & to return to their mother earth & my soul was wrent with anguist because of the slain of my People & I said O ye fair ones how could ye have departed from the ways of the Lord O ye fair ones how could ye have rejected that Jesus who stood with open arms to receive you behold if ye had not done this ye would not have fallen but behold ye are fallen & I mourn your loss O ye fair sons & daughters ye Fathers & Mothers ye husbands & wives ye fair Ones how is it that ye could have fallen but behold ye are gone & my sorrows cannot bring your return & the day comeeth that your mortal must put on immortality & these bodies which are now mouldering in corruption must soon become incorruptable bodies & then ye must stand before the judgement seat of Christ to be judged according to your works & if it so be that ye are righteous then are ye blessed with your Fathers which have gone before you. O that ye had repened before that this great destruction had come upon you but behold ye are gone & the Father yea the eternal Father of Heaven knoweth State & he doeth with you according to his justece & mercy. And now I would speak somewhat unto the remnant of this People which are spared if it so be that God may give unto them my words that they may know of the things of their Fathers yea I speak unto you ye remnant of the house of Israel & this is the words which I speak know ye that ye are of the house of Israel know ye that ye must come unto repentance or ye cannot be saved know ye that ye must lay down your weapons of war & delight no more in the sheding of blood & take them not again save it be that God shall command you know ye that ye must come to the knowledge of your Fathers & repent of all your sins & iniquities & believe in Jesus Christ that he is the Son of God & that he was slain by the jews & by the power of the Father he hath risen again whereby he hath gained the victory over the grave & also in him is the sting of death swallowed up & he bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead whereby man must be raised to stand before his judgement seat & he hath brought to pass the redemption of the world whereby he that is found guiltless before him at the judgment day hath it given unto them to dwell in the presance of God in his Kingdom to sing ceaseleess praises with thee Choires above unto the Father & unto the Son & unto the Holy Ghost which is one God in a state of happiness which hath no end therefore repent & be Baptised in the name of Jesus & lay hold upon the [p. 422]
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