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

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<​&​> now for three days & for three nights was I racked even with the pains of a damned soul & it came to pass that as I was thus racked with torment while I was harrowed up by the memory of my many sins behold I remembered also to have heard my father prophesy unto the people concerning the coming of one Jesu Christ a Son of God to atone for the Sins of the world now as my mind caught hold upon this thought I cried within my heart O Jesus thou Son of God have mercy on me who art in the gall of bitterness & art insercled about by the everlasting chanes of death & now behold when I thought this I could remember my pains no more yea I was harrowed up by the memmory of my sins no more & O what joy & what marvelous light I did behold yea my soul was filled with joy as exceding as was my pain yea I say unto you my Son that there could be nothing so exquisit & so bitter as was my pains yea & again I say unto you my Son that on the other hand there can be nothing so exquisit & sweet as was my joy <​joy​> yea & me thought I saw even as our father Lehi saw God sitting upon his throne surrounded with numberless concorses of angels in the attitude of singing & praising their God yea & my soul did long to be there but behold my limbs did receive their strength again & I stood upon <​my​> feet & did manifest unto the people that I had been born of God yea & from that time even until now I have laboured without ceasing that I might bring souls unto repentance that I might bring them to taste of the exceding joy of which I did taste that they might also be born of God & be filled with the holy Ghost yea & now behold O my Son the Lord doth give me exceding great joy in the fruit of my labour<​s​> for because of the word which he hath imparted unto me behold many hath been born of God & hath tasted as I have tasted & hath seen eye to eye as I have seen therefore they do know of these things of which I have spoken as I do know & the knowledge which I have is of God & I have been supported under trials & troubles of every kind yea & in all manner of afflictions yea God hath delivered me from prisons & from bonds & from death yea & I do put my trust in him & he will still deliver me & I know that he will raise me up at the last day to dwell with him in glory yea & I will praise him forever for he hath brought our fathers out of Egypt & he hath swallowed up the Egyptians in the red Sea & he led them by his power into the promised land yea & he hath delivered them out of bondage & captivity from time to time yea & he hath also brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem & he hath also by his everlasting power delivered them out of bondage & captivity from time to time even down to the presant day & I have always retained in rememberance their captivity yea & ye also hd ought to retain in rememberance as I have done thei[r] [p. 262]
& now for three days & for three nights was I racked even with the pains of a damned soul & it came to pass that as I was thus racked with torment while I was harrowed up by the memory of my many sins behold I remembered also to have heard my father prophesy unto the people concerning the coming of one Jesu Christ a Son of God to atone for the Sins of the world now as my mind caught hold upon this thought I cried within my heart O Jesus thou Son of God have mercy on me who art in the gall of bitterness & art insercled about by the everlasting chanes of death & now behold when I thought this I could remember my pains no more yea I was harrowed up by the memmory of my sins no more & O what joy & what marvelous light I did behold yea my soul was filled with joy as exceding as was my pain yea I say unto you my Son that there could be nothing so exquisit & so bitter as was my pains yea & again I say unto you my Son that on the other hand there can be nothing so exquisit & sweet as was my joy yea & me thought I saw even as our father Lehi saw God sitting upon his throne surrounded with numberless concorses of angels in the attitude of singing & praising their God yea & my soul did long to be there but behold my limbs did receive their strength again & I stood upon my feet & did manifest unto the people that I had been born of God yea & from that time even until now I have laboured without ceasing that I might bring souls unto repentance that I might bring them to taste of the exceding joy of which I did taste that they might also be born of God & be filled with the holy Ghost yea & now behold O my Son the Lord doth give me exceding great joy in the fruit of my labours for because of the word which he hath imparted unto me behold many hath been born of God & hath tasted as I have tasted & hath seen eye to eye as I have seen therefore they do know of these things of which I have spoken as I do know & the knowledge which I have is of God & I have been supported under trials & troubles of every kind yea & in all manner of afflictions yea God hath delivered me from prisons & from bonds & from death yea & I do put my trust in him & he will still deliver me & I know that he will raise me up at the last day to dwell with him in glory yea & I will praise him forever for he hath brought our fathers out of Egypt & he hath swallowed up the Egyptians in the red Sea & he led them by his power into the promised land yea & he hath delivered them out of bondage & captivity from time to time yea & he hath also brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem & he hath also by his everlasting power delivered them out of bondage & captivity from time to time even down to the presant day & I have always retained in rememberance their captivity yea & ye also hd ought to retain in rememberance as I have done their [p. 262]
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