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

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the Prophets have written nor prophesied save they have spoken concerning this Christ & this is not all it hathbeen made manifest unto me for I have heard & seen & it also hath been made manifest unto me by the power of the Holy Ghost wherefore I know if there should be no atonement made all mankind must be lost & it came to pass that he sayeth unto me shew me a sign by this power of the Holy Ghost in the which ye know so much & I said wa <​what​> am I that I should tempt God to shew unto thee a sign in the things which thou knowest to be true yet thou wilt deny it because thou art of the Devil nevertheless not my will be done but if God shall smite thee let that be a sign unto thee that he hath power both in heaven & in earth & also that Christ shall come & thy will O Lord be done & not mine & it came to pass that when I Jacob had spoken these words the power of the Lord came upon him insomuch that he fell to the earth & it came to pass that he was nourished for the space of many days & it came to pass that he sayeth unto the People gather together on the morrow for I shall die wherefore I desire to speak unto the People before that I shall die & it came to pass that on the morrow that the multitude were gathered together & he speak plainly unto them & denied the things which he had taught them & confessed the Christ & the Power of the Holy Ghost & the ministering of Angels & he speak plainly unto them that he had been deceived by the power of the Devil & he spake of hell & of eternity & of eternal punishment & he sayeth I fear lest I have committed the unpardonable sin for I have lied unto God for I denyed the Christ & said that I believed the Scriptures & they truly testify of him & because that I have this <​thus​> lied unto God I greatly fear lest my case shall be awful but I confess unto God & it came to pass that when he had said these words he could say no more & he gave up the ghost & when the multitude had witnessed that he spake these things as he was about to give up the ghost they were astonished excedingly insomuch that the power of God came down upon them & they were overcome that they fell to the earth now this thing was pleasing unto me Jacob for I had requested it of my Father which was in heaven for he had heard my cry & answered my prayers & it came to pass that peace & the love of God was restored again among the People & they searched the Scriptures & hearkened no more to the words of this wicked man & it came to pass that many means were devised to reclaim & restore the Lamanites to the knowledge of the truth but it all were vain for they delighted in wars & bloodsheds & they had an eternal hatred against us their Brethren & they sought by the power of their arms to destroy us continually wherefore the People of Nephi did fortify against them with their arms & with all their might trusting in the God & the Rock of their Salvation wherefore they became as yet conquerers of their enemies & it came to pass that I Jacob began to be Old & the record of this People being kept on the other plates of Nephi [p. 109]
the Prophets have written nor prophesied save they have spoken concerning this Christ & this is not all it hathbeen made manifest unto me for I have heard & seen & it also hath been made manifest unto me by the power of the Holy Ghost wherefore I know if there should be no atonement made all mankind must be lost & it came to pass that he sayeth unto me shew me a sign by this power of the Holy Ghost in the which ye know so much & I said what am I that I should tempt God to shew unto thee a sign in the things which thou knowest to be true yet thou wilt deny it because thou art of the Devil nevertheless not my will be done but if God shall smite thee let that be a sign unto thee that he hath power both in heaven & in earth & also that Christ shall come & thy will O Lord be done & not mine & it came to pass that when I Jacob had spoken these words the power of the Lord came upon him insomuch that he fell to the earth & it came to pass that he was nourished for the space of many days & it came to pass that he sayeth unto the People gather together on the morrow for I shall die wherefore I desire to speak unto the People before that I shall die & it came to pass that on the morrow that the multitude were gathered together & he speak plainly unto them & denied the things which he had taught them & confessed the Christ & the Power of the Holy Ghost & the ministering of Angels & he speak plainly unto them that he had been deceived by the power of the Devil & he spake of hell & of eternity & of eternal punishment & he sayeth I fear lest I have committed the unpardonable sin for I have lied unto God for I denyed the Christ & said that I believed the Scriptures & they truly testify of him & because that I have thus lied unto God I greatly fear lest my case shall be awful but I confess unto God & it came to pass that when he had said these words he could say no more & he gave up the ghost & when the multitude had witnessed that he spake these things as he was about to give up the ghost they were astonished excedingly insomuch that the power of God came down upon them & they were overcome that they fell to the earth now this thing was pleasing unto me Jacob for I had requested it of my Father which was in heaven for he had heard my cry & answered my prayer & it came to pass that peace & the love of God was restored again among the People & they searched the Scriptures & hearkened no more to the words of this wicked man & it came to pass that many means were devised to reclaim & restore the Lamanites to the knowledge of the truth but it all were vain for they delighted in wars & bloodsheds & they had an eternal hatred against us their Brethren & they sought by the power of their arms to destroy us continually wherefore the People of Nephi did fortify against them with their arms & with all their might trusting in the God & the Rock of their Salvation wherefore they became as yet conquerers of their enemies & it came to pass that I Jacob began to be Old & the record of this People being kept on the other plates of Nephi [p. 109]
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