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

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And now my Son I have somewhat more to say unto thee then what I said unto thy brother for behold have ye not observed the stediness of thy brother his faithfulness & his diligence in keeping the commandments of God behold has he no not set a good example for thee for thou didst not give so much heed unto my words as did thy brother among the people of the Zoramites now this is what I have against thee thou didst go on unto boasting in thy strength & thy wisdom & this is not all my Son thou didst do that which was grievious unto me for thou didst forsake the ministry & did go over into the land of Siron among the borders of the Lamanites after the Harlot Isabel yea she did steal away the hearts of many but this was no excuse for thee my Son thou shouldst have tended to the ministry wherewith thou wast entrusted know ye not my Son that these things are an abomination in the sight of the Lord yea most abominable above all sins save it be the sheding of inocent blood or denying the Holy Ghost for behold if ye deny the Holy Ghost when it one hath hath had place in you & ye know that ye deny it behold this is a Sin which is unpardonable yea & whosoever murdereth against the light & knowledge of God it is not easy for him to obtain forgiveness yea I say unto you my Son that it is not easy for him to obtain a forgiveness & now my Son I would that ye had not been guilty of so great a crime I would not dwell upon your crimes to harrow up your soul if it were not for your good but behold ye cannot hide your crimes from God & except ye repent they will stand as a testimony against you at the last day now my Son I would that ye should repent & forsake your sins & go no more after the lusts of your eyes but cro ss <​cross​> yourself in all these things for except ye do this ye can in no wise inherit the Kingdom of God O remember & take it upon you & cross yourself in these things & I command you to <​take it upon you to​> counsel your elder brothers in your undertakeings for behold thou art in thy youth & ye stand in need to be nourished by your brothers & give heed to their counsel suffer not yourself to be led away by any vain or foolish thing suffer not that the devil lead away your heart again after those wicked harlots behold O my Son how great iniquity ye brought upon the Zoramites for when they <​saw​> your conduct they would not believe in my words & now the spirit of the Lord doth say unto me command thy children to do good lest they lead away the hearts of many people to destruction therefore I command you my Son in the fear of God that ye refrain from <​your​> iniquity iniquities that ye turn to the Lord with all your mind might & strength that ye lead away the hearts of no more to do wickedly but rather return unto them & acknowledge your faults & retain that wrong which ye have done seek not after riches nor the vain things of this world for behold you cannot carry them with you & [p. 268]
And now my Son I have somewhat more to say unto thee then what I said unto thy brother for behold have ye not observed the stediness of thy brother his faithfulness & his diligence in keeping the commandments of God behold has he not set a good example for thee for thou didst not give so much heed unto my words as did thy brother among the people of the Zoramites now this is what I have against thee thou didst go on unto boasting in thy strength & thy wisdom & this is not all my Son thou didst do that which was grievious unto me for thou didst forsake the ministry & did go over into the land of Siron among the borders of the Lamanites after the Harlot Isabel yea she did steal away the hearts of many but this was no excuse for thee my Son thou shouldst have tended to the ministry wherewith thou wast entrusted know ye not my Son that these things are an abomination in the sight of the Lord yea most abominable above all sins save it be the sheding of inocent blood or denying the Holy Ghost for behold if ye deny the Holy Ghost when it one hath had place in you & ye know that ye deny it behold this is a Sin which is unpardonable yea & whosoever murdereth against the light & knowledge of God it is not easy for him to obtain forgiveness yea I say unto you my Son that it is not easy for him to obtain a forgiveness & now my Son I would that ye had not been guilty of so great a crime I would not dwell upon your crimes to harrow up your soul if it were not for your good but behold ye cannot hide your crimes from God & except ye repent they will stand as a testimony against you at the last day now my Son I would that ye should repent & forsake your sins & go no more after the lusts of your eyes but cross yourself in all these things for except ye do this ye can in no wise inherit the Kingdom of God O remember & take it upon you & cross yourself in these things & I command you to take it upon you to counsel your elder brothers in your undertakeings for behold thou art in thy youth & ye stand in need to be nourished by your brothers & give heed to their counsel suffer not yourself to be led away by any vain or foolish thing suffer not that the devil lead away your heart again after those wicked harlots behold O my Son how great iniquity ye brought upon the Zoramites for when they saw your conduct they would not believe in my words & now the spirit of the Lord doth say unto me command thy children to do good lest they lead away the hearts of many people to destruction therefore I command you my Son in the fear of God that ye refrain from your iniquities that ye turn to the Lord with all your mind might & strength that ye lead away the hearts of no more to do wickedly but rather return unto them & acknowledge your faults & retain that wrong which ye have done seek not after riches nor the vain things of this world for behold you cannot carry them with you & [p. 268]
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