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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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is over all them whom he hath chosen because of their faith to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance for behold it came to pass that the Lord spake unto my father yea even in a dream & sayeth unto him blessed art thou Lehi because of the things which thou hast done & because thou hast been faithful & declared unto this people the things which I commanded thee behold they seek to take away thy life & it came to pass that the Lord commanded my father even in a dream that he should take his family & depart into the wilderness & it came to pass that he was obediant unto the word of the Lord wherefore he did as the Lord commanded him & it came to pass that he departed into the wilderness & he left his house & the land of his inheritance & his gold & his silver & his precious things & took nothing with him save it were his family & provisions & tents & he departed into the wilderness & he came down by the borders near the shore of the Red Sea & he traveled in the wilderness in the borders which was nearer the Red Sea & he did travel in the wilderness with his family which consisted of my Mother Sariah & my elder Brethren which were Laman Lemuel & Sam & it came to pass that when he had traveled three days in the wilderness he pitched his tent in a vally beside a river of water & it came to pass & that he built an altar of stones & he made an offering unto the Lord & gave thanks unto the Lord our God & it came to pass that he called the name of the River Laman & it empted into the red Sea & the vally was in the borders near the mouth thereof & when my father saw that the waters of the river empted into the fountain of the red Sea he spake unto Laman Saying O that thou mightest be like unto this river continually runing into the fountain of all righteousness & he also spake unto Lemuel O that thou mightest be like unto this <​vally​> firm & steadfast & immoveable in keeping the commandments of the Lord now this he spake because of the stiffneckedness of Laman & Lemuel for behold they did murmur in many things against their father because that he was a visionary <​man​> & that he had lead them out of the land of Jerusalem to leave the land of their inheritance & their gold & their silver & their precious things & to perish in the wilderness & this they said he had done because of the foolish immagionations of his heart & this <​thus​> Laman & Lemuel being the eldest did murmur against their father & they did murmur because they knew knew not the dealings of that God who had created them neither did they believe that Jerusalem that great City could be destroid according to the words of the prophets & they were like unto the Jews which were at Jerusalem which sought to take away the life of my father & it came to pass that my father did speak unto them in the vally of Lemuel with power being filled [p. 3]
is over all them whom he hath chosen because of their faith to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance for behold it came to pass that the Lord spake unto my father yea even in a dream & sayeth unto him blessed art thou Lehi because of the things which thou hast done & because thou hast been faithful & declared unto this people the things which I commanded thee behold they seek to take away thy life & it came to pass that the Lord commanded my father even in a dream that he should take his family & depart into the wilderness & it came to pass that he was obediant unto the word of the Lord wherefore he did as the Lord commanded him & it came to pass that he departed into the wilderness & he left his house & the land of his inheritance & his gold & his silver & his precious things & took nothing with him save it were his family & provisions & tents & he departed into the wilderness & he came down by the borders near the shore of the Red Sea & he traveled in the wilderness in the borders which was nearer the Red Sea & he did travel in the wilderness with his family which consisted of my Mother Sariah & my elder Brethren which were Laman Lemuel & Sam & it came to pass that when he had traveled three days in the wilderness he pitched his tent in a vally beside a river of water & it came to pass that he built an altar of stones & he made an offering unto the Lord & gave thanks unto the Lord our God & it came to pass that he called the name of the River Laman & it empted into the red Sea & the vally was in the borders near the mouth thereof & when my father saw that the waters of the river empted into the fountain of the red Sea he spake unto Laman Saying O that thou mightest be like unto this river continually runing into the fountain of all righteousness & he also spake unto Lemuel O that thou mightest be like unto this vally firm & steadfast & immoveable in keeping the commandments of the Lord now this he spake because of the stiffneckedness of Laman & Lemuel for behold they did murmur in many things against their father because that he was a visionary man & that he had lead them out of the land of Jerusalem to leave the land of their inheritance & their gold & their silver & their precious things & to perish in the wilderness & this they said he had done because of the foolish immagionations of his heart & thus Laman & Lemuel being the eldest did murmur against their father & they did murmur because they knew not the dealings of that God who had created them neither did they believe that Jerusalem that great City could be destroid according to the words of the prophets & they were like unto the Jews which were at Jerusalem which sought to take away the life of my father & it came to pass that my father did speak unto them in the vally of Lemuel with power being filled [p. 3]
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