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

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concerning thee that thou mightest be brought to the knowledge of the truth threrefore for this purpose have I come to convince thee of the power & authority of God that the prayers of his servants might be answered according to thier faith. & now behold can ye dispute the power of God for behold doth not my voice shake the earth & can ye not also behold me before you & I am sent from God. now I say unto thee go, & remember the captivity of thy Fathers in the land of Helem & in the land of Nephi & remember how great things he hath done for them for they were in bondage & he hath delivered them & now I say unto thee Alma go thy way & seek to destroy the church no more that their prayers may understood answered & this even if thou wilt of thyself be cast off, & now it came to pass that these were the lost words which the angel spake unto Alma & he departed & now Alma & those that were with him fell again to the earth for great was their astonishment for with their own eyes they had beheld an angel of the Lord & his voice was as thunder which shook the earth & they knew <​that​> there was nothing save the power of God that could shake the earth & cause it to tremble as though it wouldd part asunder & now the astonishment of Alma was so great that he became dumb that he could not open his mouuth yea & he bcame weak even that he could not move his hands therefore he was taken by those that were with him & carried helpless even until was laid before his Father & they rehearst unto his Father all that had happened unto them & his Father rejoiced for he knew that it was the power of God & he caused that a multitude should be gathered togather that they might witniss what the Lord had done for his son & also for those that were With him & he caused that the priests should assemble themselves together & they began to fast & to pray to their Lord their God that he would open the mouth of Alma that he might speak & also that his limbs might receive their strength that the eyes of the people might be opened to see and know of the goodness & glory of God, & it came to pass after they had fasted and prayed for the space of two days and two nights the limbs of Alma received their strength & he stood up & began to speak unto them bidding them to be of good comfort for said he I have repented of my sins & have been redeemed of the Lord, behold I am born of the spirit & the Lord unto me marvel not that all makind yea men & women all nations kindreds tongues & people must be born again yea born of God changed of their carnal & fallen state to a state of righteousness being redeemed of God becoming his sons & daughters & thus they become new creatures & unless they do this they can [p. 162]
concerning thee that thou mightest be brought to the knowledge of the truth threrefore for this purpose have I come to convince thee of the power & authority of God that the prayers of his servants might be answered according to thier faith. & now behold can ye dispute the power of God for behold doth not my voice shake the earth & can ye not also behold me before you & I am sent from God. now I say unto thee go, & remember the captivity of thy Fathers in the land of Helem & in the land of Nephi & remember how great things he hath done for them for they were in bondage & he hath delivered them & now I say unto thee Alma go thy way & seek to destroy the church no more that their prayers may answered & this even if thou wilt of thyself be cast off, & now it came to pass that these were the lost words which the angel spake unto Alma & he departed & now Alma & those that were with him fell again to the earth for great was their astonishment for with their own eyes they had beheld an angel of the Lord & his voice was as thunder which shook the earth & they knew that there was nothing save the power of God that could shake the earth & cause it to tremble as though it wouldd part asunder & now the astonishment of Alma was so great that he became dumb that he could not open his mouuth yea & he bcame weak even that he could not move his hands therefore he was taken by those that were with him & carried helpless even until was laid before his Father & they rehearst unto his Father all that had happened unto them & his Father rejoiced for he knew that it was the power of God & he caused that a multitude should be gathered togather that they might witniss what the Lord had done for his son & also for those that were With him & he caused that the priests should assemble themselves together & they began to fast & to pray to their Lord their God that he would open the mouth of Alma that he might speak & also that his limbs might receive their strength that the eyes of the people might be opened to see and know of the goodness & glory of God, & it came to pass after they had fasted and prayed for the space of two days and two nights the limbs of Alma received their strength & he stood up & began to speak unto them bidding them to be of good comfort for said he I have repented of my sins & have been redeemed of the Lord, behold I am born of the spirit & the Lord unto me marvel not that all makind yea men & women all nations kindreds tongues & people must be born again yea born of God changed of their carnal & fallen state to a state of righteousness being redeemed of God becoming his sons & daughters & thus they become new creatures & unless they do this they can [p. 162]
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