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

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baptize little children behold I say unto you that this thing shall ye teach repentance & baptism unto they which are accountable & capable of committing sin yea teach parents that they must repent & be baptized & humble themselves as their little children & they shall all be saved with their little children & their little children not <​need​> no repentance neither baptism behold baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling the commandments unto the remmission of sins but little children are alive in christ even from the foundation of the world if not so God is a partial God & also a changeable being <​God &​> a respecter to persons for how many little children have died without baptism wherefore if little children could not be saved without baptism these must have gone to an endless hell behold I say unto you that he that supposeth that little children needeth baptism is in the gall of bitterness & in the bonds of iniquity for he hath neither faith hope nor charity wherefore should he be cut off while in the thought he must go down to hell for awful is the wickedness to suppose that God saveth one child because of baptism & the other <​must​> perish because he hath <​no​> not baptism wo be unto him that shall pervert the way of the Lord after this manner for they shall perish except they repent behold I speak with boldness having authority from God for <​&​> I fear not what man can do for perfect love casteth out all fear & I am filled with charity which is everlasting love wherefore all children are alike unto me wherefore I love little children with a perfect love & they are all alike & partakers of salvation for I know that God is not a partial God neither a changeable being but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity little children cannot repent wherefore it is awful wickedness to deny the pure mercies of God unto them for they are all alive in him because of his mercy & he that saith that little children needeth repentance <​baptism denieth​> the mercies of Christ & seteth at nought the atonement of him & the power of his redemption wo unto such for they are in danger of death hell & an endless torment I speak it boldly God hath commanded me listen unto them & give heed or they stand against you at the judgement seat of Christ for behold that all little children are alive in Christ & also all they that are without the law for the power of redemption cometh on all they that have no law wherefore he that is not condemned or he that is under no condemnation cannot repent & unto such baptism availeth nothing but is is mockery befrore God denying the mercies of Christ & the power of his Holy spirit & putting trust in dead works behold my son this thing had not ought to be for repentance is unto them that are under condemnation & under the curse of a broken law & the first fruits of repentance is baptism & Baptism cometh by faith unto the fulfilling the commandments & the fulfilling the commandments bringeth remission of sins & the remission of sins bringeth meekness & lowliness of heart & because of meekness & lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost which comforter filleth with hope & perfect love which <​love​> endureth by diligence unto prayer until the end shall come when all the saints shall dwell with God behold my son I will write unto you again if I go not out soon against the Lamanites behold the pride of this nation or the pride of the Nephites [p. 459]
baptize little children behold I say unto you that this thing shall ye teach repentance & baptism unto they which are accountable & capable of committing sin yea teach parents that they must repent & be baptized & humble themselves as their little children & they shall all be saved with their little children & their little children need no repentance neither baptism behold baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling the commandments unto the remmission of sins but little children are alive in christ even from the foundation of the world if not so God is a partial God & also a changeable God & a respecter to persons for how many little children have died without baptism wherefore if little children could not be saved without baptism these must have gone to an endless hell behold I say unto you that he that supposeth that little children needeth baptism is in the gall of bitterness & in the bonds of iniquity for he hath neither faith hope nor charity wherefore should he be cut off while in the thought he must go down to hell for awful is the wickedness to suppose that God saveth one child because of baptism & the other must perish because he hath no baptism wo be unto him that shall pervert the way of the Lord after this manner for they shall perish except they repent behold I speak with boldness having authority from God & I fear not what man can do for perfect love casteth out all fear & I am filled with charity which is everlasting love wherefore all children are alike unto me wherefore I love little children with a perfect love & they are all alike & partakers of salvation for I know that God is not a partial God neither a changeable being but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity little children cannot repent wherefore it is awful wickedness to deny the pure mercies of God unto them for they are all alive in him because of his mercy & he that saith that little children needeth baptism denieth the mercies of Christ & seteth at nought the atonement of him & the power of his redemption wo unto such for they are in danger of death hell & an endless torment I speak it boldly God hath commanded me listen unto them & give heed or they stand against you at the judgement seat of Christ for behold that all little children are alive in Christ & also all they that are without the law for the power of redemption cometh on all they that have no law wherefore he that is not condemned or he that is under no condemnation cannot repent & unto such baptism availeth nothing but is is mockery befrore God denying the mercies of Christ & the power of his Holy spirit & putting trust in dead works behold my son this thing had not ought to be for repentance is unto them that are under condemnation & under the curse of a broken law & the first fruits of repentance is baptism & Baptism cometh by faith unto the fulfilling the commandments & the fulfilling the commandments bringeth remission of sins & the remission of sins bringeth meekness & lowliness of heart & because of meekness & lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost which comforter filleth with hope & perfect love which love endureth by diligence unto prayer until the end shall come when all the saints shall dwell with God behold my son I will write unto you again if I go not out soon against the Lamanites behold the pride of this nation or the pride of the Nephites [p. 459]
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