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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page 243
image
the brother for the father & thus the cry of mourning was heard among every one of them <​a​> mourning for their kindred which had been slain & now sureful this was a sorrowful day yea a time of solemnity & a time of much fasting & prayer & thus ended the fifteenth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi & this is the account of Ammon & his brethren their journeyings into the land of Nephi their sufferings in the land their sorrows & afflictions & their incomprehensible joy & the reception & safty of the brethren in the land of Jershon & now may the Lord the redeemer of all men bless their souls forever & this is the account of the wars & contentions among the Nephites & also the wars between the Nephites & the Lamanites & the fifteenth year of the reign of the Judges is ended & from the first year to the fifteenth has brought to pass the destruction of many thousand lives yea it has brought to pass an awful scene of bloodshed & the bodies of many thousands are laid low in the earth while the bodies of many thousands are moulder<​ing​> in heaps upon the face of the earth yea & many thousands are mourning for the loss of their kindred because they have reason to fear according to the promises of the Lord that they are consigned to a state of endless wo while many thousands of others truly mourn for the loss of their kindred yet they rejoice & exult in the hope yea & even know according to the promises of the Lord that they are raised to dwell at the right hand of God in a state of never ending happiness & thus we see how great the unequality of man is because of sin & transgression & the power of the devil which comes by the cunning plans which he hath devised to ensnare the hearts of men & thus we see the great call of the diligence of men to labour in the vineyards of the Lord & thus we see the great reason of sorrow & also of rejoicing sorrow because of death & destruction among men & joy because of the light of Christ unto life O that I were an angel & could have the wish of mine heart that I might go forth & speak with the trump of God with a voice to shake the earth & cry repentance unto every people yea I would declare unto every soul as with the voice of thunder repentance & the plan of redemption that they should repent & come unto our God that there might be no more sorrow upon all the face of the earth but behold I am a man & do sin in my wish for I had ought to be content with the things which the Lord hath allotted unto me I had not ought to harrow up in my desires the firm decree of a just God for I know that he granteth unto men according to their desires whither it be unto death or unto life yea I know that he allotteth unto man <​men​> yea decreeth unto them decrees which are undlterable <​unalterable​> according to their wills whether it be unto salvation or unto destruction yea & I know that good & evil hath come before all men or he that knoweth not good from evil is blameless but he that knoweth good & evil to him it is given according to his desires whether he desireth [p. 243]
the brother for the father & thus the cry of mourning was heard among every one of them a mourning for their kindred which had been slain & now sureful this was a sorrowful day yea a time of solemnity & a time of much fasting & prayer & thus ended the fifteenth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi & this is the account of Ammon & his brethren their journeyings into the land of Nephi their sufferings in the land their sorrows & afflictions & their incomprehensible joy & the reception & safty of the brethren in the land of Jershon & now may the Lord the redeemer of all men bless their souls forever & this is the account of the wars & contentions among the Nephites & also the wars between the Nephites & the Lamanites & the fifteenth year of the reign of the Judges is ended & from the first year to the fifteenth has brought to pass the destruction of many thousand lives yea it has brought to pass an awful scene of bloodshed & the bodies of many thousands are laid low in the earth while the bodies of many thousands are mouldering in heaps upon the face of the earth yea & many thousands are mourning for the loss of their kindred because they have reason to fear according to the promises of the Lord that they are consigned to a state of endless wo while many thousands of others truly mourn for the loss of their kindred yet they rejoice & exult in the hope yea & even know according to the promises of the Lord that they are raised to dwell at the right hand of God in a state of never ending happiness & thus we see how great the unequality of man is because of sin & transgression & the power of the devil which comes by the cunning plans which he hath devised to ensnare the hearts of men & thus we see the great call of the diligence of men to labour in the vineyards of the Lord & thus we see the great reason of sorrow & also of rejoicing sorrow because of death & destruction among men & joy because of the light of Christ unto life O that I were an angel & could have the wish of mine heart that I might go forth & speak with the trump of God with a voice to shake the earth & cry repentance unto every people yea I would declare unto every soul as with the voice of thunder repentance & the plan of redemption that they should repent & come unto our God that there might be no more sorrow upon all the face of the earth but behold I am a man & do sin in my wish for I had ought to be content with the things which the Lord hath allotted unto me I had not ought to harrow up in my desires the firm decree of a just God for I know that he granteth unto men according to their desires whither it be unto death or unto life yea I know that he allotteth unto men yea decreeth unto them decrees which are unalterable according to their wills whether it be unto salvation or unto destruction yea & I know that good & evil hath come before all men or he that knoweth not good from evil is blameless but he that knoweth good & evil to him it is given according to his desires whether he desireth [p. 243]
Page 243