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

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which had been delivered unto him by the Angel of the Lord that he cast his eyes round about on the multitude & behold they had fell to the earth for the fear of the Lord had come upon them & they had viewed themselves in their own carnal states even less then the dust of the earth & they all cried aloud with one voice saying O have mercy & apply the atoneing blood that we Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our Sins & our hearts may be purified for we believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God who created heaven & earth & all things who shall come down among the children of men & it came to pass that after they had spoken these words the spirit of the Lord came upon them & they were filled with Joy haveing received a remission of their sins & having peace of conscience because of the exceding faith which they had in Jesus Christ which should come according to the words which King Benjamin had spoken unto them & King Benjanim again opened his mouth & began to speak unto them saying my friends & my Brethren my kindred & my People I would again call your attention that ye may hear & understand the remainder of my words which I shall speak unto you for behold that if the knowledge of the goodness of God at this time hath awakened you to a sense of your nothingness & your worthlessn◊◊s & fallen state I say unto you that if ye have come to a knowedge <​a knowledge​> of the goodness of God & his matchless power & his wisdom & his patience & his glory long suffering towards the children of men & also the atonement which hath been prophesied from prepared from the foundation of the world that thereby salvation might come to him that should put his trust in the Lord & should be diligent in keeping his commandments & continue in the faith even unto the end of his life I mean the life of the mortal body I say that this is the man that receiveth Salvation through the atonement which was prepared from the foundation of the world for all mankind which ever was ever since the fall of Adam or which is or which ever shall be even unto the end of the world & this is the means whereby salvation cometh & there is none other salvation save this which hath been spoken of neither is there any conditions whereby man can be saved except the conditions which I have told you believe in believe that he is & that he created all things both in heaven & in earth believe that he hath all wisdom & all power both in heaven & in earth believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend & again believe that ye must repent of your sins & forsake them & humble yourselves before God & ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you & now if you believe <​all​> these things see that ye do them & again I <​say​> unto you as I have said before that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God or if ye have known of his goodness & have tasted of his love & have received a remission of your Sins which causeth such exceding Jreat Joy in your souls even so I would that ye should remember & always retain in rememberance the greatness of God & your own nothingness & [p. 124]
which had been delivered unto him by the Angel of the Lord that he cast his eyes round about on the multitude & behold they had fell to the earth for the fear of the Lord had come upon them & they had viewed themselves in their own carnal state even less then the dust of the earth & they all cried aloud with one voice saying O have mercy & apply the atoneing blood that we Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our Sins & our hearts may be purified for we believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God who created heaven & earth & all things who shall come down among the children of men & it came to pass that after they had spoken these words the spirit of the Lord came upon them & they were filled with Joy haveing received a remission of their sins & having peace of conscience because of the exceding faith which they had in Jesus Christ which should come according to the words which King Benjamin had spoken unto them & King Benjanim again opened his mouth & began to speak unto them saying my friends & my Brethren my kindred & my People I would again call your attention that ye may hear & understand the remainder of my words which I shall speak unto you for behold that if the knowledge of the goodness of God at this time hath awakened you to a sense of your nothingness & your worthlessns & fallen state I say unto you that if ye have come to a knowledge of the goodness of God & his matchless power & his wisdom & his patience & his long suffering towards the children of men & also the atonement which hath been prepared from the foundation of the world that thereby salvation might come to him that should put his trust in the Lord & should be diligent in keeping his commandments & continue in the faith even unto the end of his life I mean the life of the mortal body I say that this is the man that receiveth Salvation through the atonement which was prepared from the foundation of the world for all mankind which ever was ever since the fall of Adam or which is or which ever shall be even unto the end of the world & this is the means whereby salvation cometh & there is none other salvation save this which hath been spoken of neither is there any conditions whereby man can be saved except the conditions which I have told you believe in believe that he is & that he created all things both in heaven & in earth believe that he hath all wisdom & all power both in heaven & in earth believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend & again believe that ye must repent of your sins & forsake them & humble yourselves before God & ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you & now if you believe all these things see that ye do them & again I say unto you as I have said before that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God or if ye have known of his goodness & have tasted of his love & have received a remission of your Sins which causeth such exceding Jreat Joy in your souls even so I would that ye should remember & always retain in rememberance the greatness of God & your own nothingness & [p. 124]
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