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

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wherefore all things must have vanished away & now my Son I speak unto you these things for your profit & learning for there is a God & he hath created all things both the heavens & the earth & all things that in them is both things to act & things to be acted upon & to bring about his eternal purposses in the end of man after that he had created our first parents & the beasts of the field & the fowls of the air & in fine all things which are created it must needs be that there was an opposition even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life the one being sweet & the other bitter wherefore the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself wherefore man could not act for himself save it should be that he were entised by the one or the other & I Lehi according to the things which I have read must needs suppose that an Angel of God according to that which is written had fallen from heaven wherefore he became a devil haveing sought that which was evil before God & because that he had fallen from heaven & had became miserable forever & he sought also the miseary of all mankind wherefore he sayeth unto eve yea even that old serpant which is the Devil which is the father of all lies wherefore he sayeth partake of the forbidden fruit & ye shall not die but ye shall be as God knowing good & evil & after that Adam & Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit they were driven out from the garden of Eden to till the Earth & they have brought forth children yea even the family of all the earth & the days of the children of me<​n​> were prolonged according to the will of God that they might repent while in the flesh wherefore their state became a State of probation & their time was lengthened according to the commandments which the Lord God gave unto the children of men for he gave commandment that all men must repent for he shewed unto all men that they were lost because of the transgression of their parents & now behold if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen but he would have remained in the Garden of Eden & all things which were created must have remained in the same state which they were after that they were created & they must have remained forever & had no end & they would have had no children wherefore they would have remained in a state of innosence haveing no joy for they knew no miseary doing no good for they knew no Sin but behold all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things Adam fell that men might be & men are that they might have joy & the Messiah cometh in the fullness of time that he might redeem the children of men from the fall & because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become frao <​free​> forever knowing good from evil to act for themselves & not to be acted upon save it be by the punishment of the Law at the great & last day according to <​the​> commandments which God hath given wherefore men are free according <​to​> the flesh & all things are given them which is expediant unto man & they are free to chose liberty & [p. 51]
wherefore all things must have vanished away & now my Son I speak unto you these things for your profit & learning for there is a God & he hath created all things both the heavens & the earth & all things that in them is both things to act & things to be acted upon & to bring about his eternal purposses in the end of man after that he had created our first parents & the beasts of the field & the fowls of the air & in fine all things which are created it must needs be that there was an opposition even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life the one being sweet & the other bitter wherefore the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself wherefore man could not act for himself save it should be that he were entised by the one or the other & I Lehi according to the things which I have read must needs suppose that an Angel of God according to that which is written had fallen from heaven wherefore he became a devil haveing sought that which was evil before God & because that he had fallen from heaven & had became miserable forever he sought also the miseary of all mankind wherefore he sayeth unto eve yea even that old serpant which is the Devil which is the father of all lies wherefore he sayeth partake of the forbidden fruit & ye shall not die but ye shall be as God knowing good & evil & after that Adam & Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit they were driven out from the garden of Eden to till the Earth & they have brought forth children yea even the family of all the earth & the days of the children of men were prolonged according to the will of God that they might repent while in the flesh wherefore their state became a State of probation & their time was lengthened according to the commandments which the Lord God gave unto the children of men for he gave commandment that all men must repent for he shewed unto all men that they were lost because of the transgression of their parents & now behold if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen but he would have remained in the Garden of Eden & all things which were created must have remained in the same state which they were after that they were created & they must have remained forever & had no end & they would have had no children wherefore they would have remained in a state of innosence haveing no joy for they knew no miseary doing no good for they knew no Sin but behold all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things Adam fell that men might be & men are that they might have joy & the Messiah cometh in the fullness of time that he might redeem the children of men from the fall & because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever knowing good from evil to act for themselves & not to be acted upon save it be by the punishment of the Law at the great & last day according to the commandments which God hath given wherefore men are free according to the flesh & all things are given them which is expediant unto man & they are free to chose liberty & [p. 51]
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