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

  • Source Note
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that he hath delivered their Souls from Hell. Behold he changed their hearts yea he awaked them out of a deep sleep & they awake unto God. Behold they were in the midst of darkness, nevertheless their souls were illuminated by the light of the everlasting word yea they were encircled about by the bands of Death & the chains of Hell & an everlasting destruction did await them. And now I ask of you my Brethren were they destroyed, Behold I say unto you nay they were not, & again I ask was the Bands of death broken & the chains of hell which encircled them about were they loosed. I say unto you yea they were loosed & their souls did expand & they did sing redeeming love, & I say unto you that they are saved, & now I ask of you on what Conditions are they saved yea what grounds had they to hope for salvation what is the cause of there being loosed from the bands of death, yea & also the chains of Hell, Behold I can tell you, did not my Father Alma believed in the words which was delivered by the mouth of Abinedi & was he not a holy Prophet did he not speak the word of God, and my Father Alma believed them & according to his spirit faith there was a mighty change wrought in his heart. Behold I say unto you that this is all true, & Behold he preached the word unto your Fathers & a mighty change was also wrought in their hearts & they humbled themselves and put their trust in the true & living God, & behold they were faithful until the end, therefore they were saved, & now behold I ask of you my Brethren of the church have yu ye spiritually been born of God. have ye received his Image in your own countenances have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you do you look forward with an Eye of faith & view this mortal Body raised in Immortality & this corruption raised in Incorruption to stand before God to be Judged according to the deeds which hath been done in the Mortal Body. I say unto you can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord saying unto you in that day come unto me ye blessed for your Behold your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth Or do yu ye imagine to yourselves that ye can lie unto the Lord at that day & I say Lord our works have been righteous works upon the face of the Earth & that he will save you or otherwise can ye Imagine yourselves brought before the tribunal of God with your souls filled with guilt & remorse having a remembrance of all your Guilt yea a perfect remembrance of all your wickedness yea Remembrance that ye have set at naught defiance the commandments of God, I say unto you can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands, I say unto you can you look up having the image of God [p. 180]
that he hath delivered their Souls from Hell. Behold he changed their hearts yea he awaked them out of a deep sleep & they awake unto God. Behold they were in the midst of darkness, nevertheless their souls were illuminated by the light of the everlasting word yea they were encircled about by the bands of Death & the chains of Hell & an everlasting destruction did await them. And now I ask of you my Brethren were they destroyed, Behold I say unto you nay they were not, & again I ask was the Bands of death broken & the chains of hell which encircled them about were they loosed. I say unto you yea they were loosed & their souls did expand & they did sing redeeming love, & I say unto you that they are saved, & now I ask of you on what Conditions are they saved yea what grounds had they to hope for salvation what is the cause of there being loosed from the bands of death, yea & also the chains of Hell, Behold I can tell you, did not my Father Alma believe in the words which was delivered by the mouth of Abinedi & was he not a holy Prophet did he not speak the word of God, and my Father Alma believed them & according to his faith there was a mighty change wrought in his heart. Behold I say unto you that this is all true, & Behold he preached the word unto your Fathers & a mighty change was also wrought in their hearts & they humbled themselves and put their trust in the true & living God, & behold they were faithful until the end, therefore they were saved, & now behold I ask of you my Brethren of the church have ye spiritually been born of God. have ye received his Image in your own countenances have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you do you look forward with an Eye of faith & view this mortal Body raised in Immortality & this corruption raised in Incorruption to stand before God to be Judged according to the deeds which hath been done in the Mortal Body. I say unto you can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord saying unto you in that day come unto me ye blessed for Behold your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth Or do ye imagine to yourselves that ye can lie unto the Lord at that day & say Lord our works have been righteous works upon the face of the Earth & that he will save you or otherwise can ye Imagine yourselves brought before the tribunal of God with your souls filled with guilt & remorse having a remembrance of all your Guilt yea a perfect remembrance of all your wickedness yea Remembrance that ye have set at defiance the commandments of God, I say unto you can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands, I say unto you can you look up having the image of God [p. 180]
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