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

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like unto his seed & thou shalt be blessed in all thy days & it came to pass that after Lehi had spake unto all his household according to the feelings of his heart & the spirit of the Lord which was in him he waxed old & it came to pass that he died & was buried & it came to pass that not many days after his Death Laman & Lemuel & the Sons of Ishmael were angery with me becaus of the admonitions of the Lord for I Nephi was constrained to speak unto them according to the word for I had spake many things unto them & also my father before his death many of which sayings are written upon mine other plates for a more history part are written upon mine other plates & upon these I write the things of my Soul & many of the Scriptures which are engraven upon the plates of Brass for my Soul deliteth in the Scriptures & my heart pondereth <​them​> & writeth them for the learning & the profit of my children behold my Soul deliteth in the things of the Lord & my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen & heard nevertheless notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord in shewing me his great & marvelous works my heart exclaimeth O wretched man that I am yea my heart sorroweth because of mine flesh my Soul grieveth because of mine iniquity I am encompassed about because of the temptations & the Sins which doth so easily beset me & when I desire to rejoice my heart groaneth because of my Sins nevertheless I know in whom I have trusted my God hath been my support he hath lead me through mine afflictions in the wilderness & he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep he hath filled me with his love even unto the Consumeing of my flesh he hath confounded mine enemies unto the causeing of them to quake before me behold he hath heard my cry by day & he hath given me knowledge by visions in the night time & by day have I waxed bold in mighty prayer before him yea my voice have I sent upon high & Angels came down & ministered unto me & upon the wings of his spirit hath my body been carried away upon exceding high Mountains & mine eyes hath beheld great things yea even to great for man therefore I was bidden that I should not write them O then if I have seen so great things if the Lord in his condesension unto me <​the​> children of men hath visited me in so much mercy why should my heart weep & my Soul linger in the vally of sorrow & my flesh waste away & my strength slacken because of mine afflictions & why should I yield be to sin because of my flesh yea why should I give way to temptations that the evil one have place in my heart to destroy my peace & afflict my soul why am I angery because of mine enemy awake my soul no longer droop in Sin rejoice O my heart & give place [p. 55]
like unto his seed & thou shalt be blessed in all thy days & it came to pass that after Lehi had spake unto all his household according to the feelings of his heart & the spirit of the Lord which was in him he waxed old & it came to pass that he died & was buried & it came to pass that not many days after his Death Laman & Lemuel & the Sons of Ishmael were angery with me becaus of the admonitions of the Lord for I Nephi was constrained to speak unto them according to the word for I had spake many things unto them & also my father before his death many of which sayings are written upon mine other plates for a more history part are written upon mine other plates & upon these I write the things of my Soul & many of the Scriptures which are engraven upon the plates of Brass for my Soul deliteth in the Scriptures & my heart pondereth them & writeth them for the learning & the profit of my children behold my Soul deliteth in the things of the Lord & my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen & heard nevertheless notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord in shewing me his great & marvelous works my heart exclaimeth O wretched man that I am yea my heart sorroweth because of mine flesh my Soul grieveth because of mine iniquity I am encompassed about because of the temptations & the Sins which doth so easily beset me & when I desire to rejoice my heart groaneth because of my Sins nevertheless I know in whom I have trusted my God hath been my support he hath lead me through mine afflictions in the wilderness & he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep he hath filled me with his love even unto the Consumeing of my flesh he hath confounded mine enemies unto the causeing of them to quake before me behold he hath heard my cry by day & he hath given me knowledge by visions in the night time & by day have I waxed bold in mighty prayer before him yea my voice have I sent upon high & Angels came down & ministered unto me & upon the wings of his spirit hath my body been carried away upon exceding high Mountains & mine eyes hath beheld great things yea even to great for man therefore I was bidden that I should not write them O then if I have seen so great things if the Lord in his condesension unto the children of men hath visited me in so much mercy why should my heart weep & my Soul linger in the vally of sorrow & my flesh waste away & my strength slacken because of mine afflictions & why should I yield to sin because of my flesh yea why should I give way to temptations that the evil one have place in my heart to destroy my peace & afflict my soul why am I angery because of mine enemy awake my soul no longer droop in Sin rejoice O my heart & give place [p. 55]
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