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

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id & the Lamanites should not be destroid that the Lord God would preserve a record of my People the Nephites even if it so be by the power of his holy arm that it might be brought forth some future day unto the Lamanites that perhaps they might be brought unto salvation for at the presant our struggleings were vain in restoreing them to the true faith & they swore in their wrath that if it were possible they would destroy our records & us & also all the traditions of our fathers wherefore I knowing that the Lord God was able to preserve our records I cried unto him continually for he had said unto me whatsoever thing <​thing​> ye shall ask in faith believeing that ye shall receive in the name of Christ ye shall receive it & I had faith & I did cry unto God that he would preserve the records & he covenanted with me that he would bring them forth unto the Lamanites in his own due time & I Enos knew that it would be according to the covenant which he had made wherefore my Soul did rest & the Lord said unto me thy fathers have also required of me this thing & it shall be done unto them according to their faith for their faith was like unto thine & now it came to pass that I Enos went about among the People of Nephi prophesying of things to come & testifying of the things which I had heard & seen & I bear record that the People of Nephi did seek diligently to restore the Lamanites unto the true faith in God but our labours were vain their hatred was fixed & they were lead by their evil nature that they became wild & ferocious & a bloodthirsty People full of idolitry & filthiness feading upon beasts of pray dwelling in tents & wandering about in the wilderness with a short skin girted about their loins & their heads shaven & their skill was in the bow & the Simeter & the Axe & may of them did eat nothing save it was raw meat & they were continually seeking to destroy us & it came to pass that the People of Nephi did till the land & raise all manner of grain & of fruit & flocks of herds & flocks of all manner of cattle of every kind & goats & wild goats & also much horses & there were exceding many prophets among us & the People were a stiff necked People hard to understand & there was nothing save it was exceding harshness preaching & prophesying of wars & contentions & destructions & continually reminding them of death & of the duration of eternity & the Judgments & the power of God & all these things stiring them up continually to keep them in the fear of the Lord I say there was nothing short of these things & exceding great plainness of speach would keep them from going down speedily to destruction & after this manner do I write concerning them & I saw wars between the Nephites & the Lamanites in the course of my days & it came to pass that I began to be old & an handred & seventy & nine years had passed away from the time that our father Lehi left Jerusalem & as I saw that I must soon go down to my grave haveing been wrought upon by the power of God that I must preach & prophesy unto this People & declare the word according to the truth which is in christ & I have declared it in all my days & have rejoiced in it above that of the world & I soon go to the place of my rest which is with [p. 111]
id & the Lamanites should not be destroid that the Lord God would preserve a record of my People the Nephites even if it so be by the power of his holy arm that it might be brought forth some future day unto the Lamanites that perhaps they might be brought unto salvation for at the presant our struggleings were vain in restoreing them to the true faith & they swore in their wrath that if it were possible they would destroy our records & us & also all the traditions of our fathers wherefore I knowing that the Lord God was able to preserve our records I cried unto him continually for he had said unto me whatsoever thing ye shall ask in faith believeing that ye shall receive in the name of Christ ye shall receive it & I had faith & I did cry unto God that he would preserve the records & he covenanted with me that he would bring them forth unto the Lamanites in his own due time & I Enos knew that it would be according to the covenant which he had made wherefore my Soul did rest & the Lord said unto me thy fathers have also required of me this thing & it shall be done unto them according to their faith for their faith was like unto thine & now it came to pass that I Enos went about among the People of Nephi prophesying of things to come & testifying of the things which I had heard & seen & I bear record that the People of Nephi did seek diligently to restore the Lamanites unto the true faith in God but our labours were vain their hatred was fixed & they were lead by their evil nature that they became wild & ferocious & a bloodthirsty People full of idolitry & filthiness feading upon beasts of pray dwelling in tents & wandering about in the wilderness with a short skin girted about their loins & their heads shaven & their skill was in the bow & the Simeter & the Axe & may of them did eat nothing save it was raw meat & they were continually seeking to destroy us & it came to pass that the People of Nephi did till the land & raise all manner of grain & of fruit & flocks of herds & flocks of all manner of cattle of every kind & goats & wild goats & also much horses & there were exceding many prophets among us & the People were a stiff necked People hard to understand & there was nothing save it was exceding harshness preaching & prophesying of wars & contentions & destructions & continually reminding them of death & of the duration of eternity & the Judgments & the power of God & all these things stiring them up continually to keep them in the fear of the Lord I say there was nothing short of these things & exceding great plainness of speach would keep them from going down speedily to destruction & after this manner do I write concerning them & I saw wars between the Nephites & the Lamanites in the course of my days & it came to pass that I began to be old & an handred & seventy & nine years had passed away from the time that our father Lehi left Jerusalem & as I saw that I must soon go down to my grave haveing been wrought upon by the power of God that I must preach & prophesy unto this People & declare the word according to the truth which is in christ & I have declared it in all my days & have rejoiced in it above that of the world & I soon go to the place of my rest which is with [p. 111]
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