Book of Mormon, 1830

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Lord was fulfilled which he spake unto me, saying: That in asmuch as they will not hearken unto thy words, they shall  be cut off from the presence of the Lord. And behold, they  were cut off from his presence. And he had caused the cur sing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of  their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts  against him, that they had become like unto a flint; where fore, as they were white, and exceeding fair and delightsome,  that they might not be enticing unto my people, therefore the  Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them.  And thus saith the Lord God, I will cause that they shall be  loathsome unto thy people, save they shall repent of their ini quities. And cursed shall be the seed of him that mixeth with  their seed: for they shall be cursed even with the same cur sing. And the Lord spake it, and it was done. And because  of their cursing which was upon them, they did become an idle  people, full of mischief and subtlety, and did seek in the wil derness for beasts of prey. And the Lord God said unto me,  they shall be a scourge unto thy seed, to stir them up in re membrance of me; and inasmuch as they will not remember  me, and hearken unto my words, they shall scourge them even  unto destruction.
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did consecrate Jacob and  Joseph, that they should be priests and teachers over the land  of my people. And it came to pass that we lived after the  manner of happiness. And thirty years had passed away  from the time we left Jerusalem. And I, Nephi, had kept the  records upon my plates, which I had made of my people thus  far.
And it came to pass that the Lord God said unto me, Make  other plates; and thou shalt engraven many things upon them  which are good in my sight, for the profit of thy people.—  Wherefore, I, Nephi, to be obedient to the commandments of  the Lord, went and made these plates upon which I have en graven these things. And I engravened that which is pleasing  unto God. And if my people be pleased with the things of  God, they be pleased with mine engravings which are upon  these plates. And if my people desire to know the more par ticular part of the history of my people, they must search mine  other plates. And it sufficeth me to say, that forty years had  passed away, and we had already had wars and contentions  with our brethren. [p. 73]
Lord was fulfilled which he spake unto me, saying: That inasmuch as they will not hearken unto thy words, they shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord. And behold, they were cut off from his presence. And he had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceeding fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people, therefore the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them. And thus saith the Lord God, I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy people, save they shall repent of their iniquities. And cursed shall be the seed of him that mixeth with their seed: for they shall be cursed even with the same cursing. And the Lord spake it, and it was done. And because of their cursing which was upon them, they did become an idle people, full of mischief and subtlety, and did seek in the wilderness for beasts of prey. And the Lord God said unto me, they shall be a scourge unto thy seed, to stir them up in remembrance of me; and inasmuch as they will not remember me, and hearken unto my words, they shall scourge them even unto destruction.
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did consecrate Jacob and Joseph, that they should be priests and teachers over the land of my people. And it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness. And thirty years had passed away from the time we left Jerusalem. And I, Nephi, had kept the records upon my plates, which I had made of my people thus far.
And it came to pass that the Lord God said unto me, Make other plates; and thou shalt engraven many things upon them which are good in my sight, for the profit of thy people.— Wherefore, I, Nephi, to be obedient to the commandments of the Lord, went and made these plates upon which I have engraven these things. And I engravened that which is pleasing unto God. And if my people be pleased with the things of God, they be pleased with mine engravings which are upon these plates. And if my people desire to know the more particular part of the history of my people, they must search mine other plates. And it sufficeth me to say, that forty years had passed away, and we had already had wars and contentions with our brethren. [p. 73]
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