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

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them known unto me wherefore as I sat pondering in mine heart I was Caught away in the spirit of the Lord yea into an exceding high mountain which I never had before seen & upon which I never had before sat my foot & the spirit saith unto me behold what desirest thou & I saith I desire to behold the things which my father saw & the spirit saith unto me believest thou that thy father saw the tree of which he hath spoken & I said yea thou knowest that I believe all the words of my father & when I had spoken <​spake​> these words the spirit cried with a loud voice saying Hosanna to the Lord the most high God for he is God over all the earth yea even above all & blessed art thou Nephi because thou believest in the Son of the most high God wherefore thou shalt behold the things which thou hast desired & behold & behold this thing shall be given unto thee for a sign that after thou hast beheld the tree which bore the fruit which thy father tasted thou shalt also behold a man decending out of Heaven & him shall ye witness & after that ye have witnessed him ye shall bear record that it is the Son of God & it came to pass that the spirit saith unto me look & I looked & beheld a tree & it was like unto the tree which my father had seen & the beauty thereof was far beyond yea exceding of all beauty & the whiteness thereof did excede the whiteness of the driven snow & it came to pass that after <​that​> I had seen the tree I said unto the spirit I behold thou hast shewn unto me the tree which is precious above all & he saith unto me what desirest thou & I said unto him to know the interpretation thereof for I spake unto him as a man speaketh for I beheld that he was in the form of a man yet nevertheless I knew that it was the spirit of the Lord & he spake unto me as a man speaketh unto <​with​> another & it came to pass that he said unto me look & I looked as if to look upon him & I saw him not for he had gone from before my presance & it came to pass that I looked & beheld the great City Jerusalem & also other Cities & I beheld the City of Nazareth & in the City of Nazareth I beheld a virgin & she was exceding fair & white & it came to pass that I saw the heavens open & an Angel came down & stood before me & he saith unto me Nephi what beholdest thou & I saith unto him a virgin most beautiful & fair above all other virgins & he saith unto me knowest thou the condecention of God & I said unto him I know that he loveth his Children nevertheless I do not know the meaning of all things & he said unto me behold the virgin which thou seest is the Mother of God after the manner of the flesh & it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the spirit & after that she had been Carried away in the spir [p. 16]
them known unto me wherefore as I sat pondering in mine heart I was Caught away in the spirit of the Lord yea into an exceding high mountain which I never had before seen & upon which I never had before sat my foot & the spirit saith unto me behold what desirest thou & I saith I desire to behold the things which my father saw & the spirit saith unto me believest thou that thy father saw the tree of which he hath spoken & I said yea thou knowest that I believe all the words of my father & when I had spake these words the spirit cried with a loud voice saying Hosanna to the Lord the most high God for he is God over all the earth yea even above all & blessed art thou Nephi because thou believest in the Son of the most high God wherefore thou shalt behold the things which thou hast desired & behold this thing shall be given unto thee for a sign that after thou hast beheld the tree which bore the fruit which thy father tasted thou shalt also behold a man decending out of Heaven & him shall ye witness & after that ye have witnessed him ye shall bear record that it is the Son of God & it came to pass that the spirit saith unto me look & I looked & beheld a tree & it was like unto the tree which my father had seen & the beauty thereof was far beyond yea exceding of all beauty & the whiteness thereof did excede the whiteness of the driven snow & it came to pass that after that I had seen the tree I said unto the spirit I behold thou hast shewn unto me the tree which is precious above all & he saith unto me what desirest thou & I said unto him to know the interpretation thereof for I spake unto him as a man speaketh for I beheld that he was in the form of a man yet nevertheless I knew that it was the spirit of the Lord & he spake unto me as a man speaketh with another & it came to pass that he said unto me look & I looked as if to look upon him & I saw him not for he had gone from before my presance & it came to pass that I looked & beheld the great City Jerusalem & also other Cities & I beheld the City of Nazareth & in the City of Nazareth I beheld a virgin & she was exceding fair & white & it came to pass that I saw the heavens open & an Angel came down & stood before me & he saith unto me Nephi what beholdest thou & I saith unto him a virgin most beautiful & fair above all other virgins & he saith unto me knowest thou the condecention of God & I said unto him I know that he loveth his Children nevertheless I do not know the meaning of all things & he said unto me behold the virgin which thou seest is the Mother of God after the manner of the flesh & it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the spirit & after she had been Carried away in the [p. 16]
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