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

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even so shall he be rewarded unto righteousness these are they that are redeemed of the Lord yea these are they that are taken out that are delivered from that endless night of darkness & thus they stand or fall for behold they are their own judges whether to do good or do evil now the decrees of God are unalterable therefore the way is prepared that whosoever will may walk therein & be saved & now behold my Son do not risk one more offence against your God upon those points of doctrine which ye hath hitherto risked to commit sin do not suppose because it hath been spoken conserning restoration that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness behold I say unto you wickedness never was happiness & now my Son all men that are in a state of nature or I would say in a carnal state are in the gall of bitterness & in the bonds of iniquity they are without God in the world & they have gone conterary to the nature of God therefore they are in a state conterary to the nature of happiness & now behold is the meaning of the word restoration to take a thing of a natural state & place it in an unmatural state or to place it in a state opposite to its nature O my Son this is not the case but the meaning of the word restoration is to bring back again evil for evil or carnal for carnal or devilish for devilish good for that which is good righteous for that which is righteous just for that which is just merciful for that which is merciful therefore my Son see that ye are merciful unto your brethren deal justly judge righteously & do good continually & if ye do all these things then shall ye receive your reward yea ye shall have mercy restored unto you again ye shall have justice restored unto you again ye shall have a righteous judgment restored unto you again & ye shall have good rewarded unto you again for that which ye doth send out shall return unto you again & be restored therefore the word restoration more fully condemneth the sinner & justifieth him not at all & now my Son I perseve there is somewhat more which doth worry your mind which ye cannot understand which is concerning the justice of God in the punishment of the sinner for ye do try to suppose that it is injustice that the sinner should be consigned to a state of miseary now behold my Son I will explain this thing unto thee for behold after the Lord God sent our first parents forth from the garden of Eden to till the ground from whence he was taken yea he drew out the man & he plased at the east end of the garden of Eden Cherubims & flaming sword which turned every way to keep the tree of life now we see that the man had became as God knowing good & evil & lest he should put forth his hand & take also of the tree of life <​& eat​> & live forever that the Lord God placed Cherubim & the flaming sword that he should not partake of the fruit & thus we see that there was a time granted unto man to repent yea probationary time a time to repent & serve God for behold if Adam had put [p. 272]
even so shall he be rewarded unto righteousness these are they that are redeemed of the Lord yea these are they that are taken out that are delivered from that endless night of darkness & thus they stand or fall for behold they are their own judges whether to do good or do evil now the decrees of God are unalterable therefore the way is prepared that whosoever will may walk therein & be saved & now behold my Son do not risk one more offence against your God upon those points of doctrine which ye hath hitherto risked to commit sin do not suppose because it hath been spoken conserning restoration that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness behold I say unto you wickedness never was happiness & now my Son all men that are in a state of nature or I would say in a carnal state are in the gall of bitterness & in the bonds of iniquity they are without God in the world & they have gone conterary to the nature of God therefore they are in a state conterary to the nature of happiness & now behold is the meaning of the word restoration to take a thing of a natural state & place it in an unmatural state or to place it in a state opposite to its nature O my Son this is not the case but the meaning of the word restoration is to bring back again evil for evil or carnal for carnal or devilish for devilish good for that which is good righteous for that which is righteous just for that which is just merciful for that which is merciful therefore my Son see that ye are merciful unto your brethren deal justly judge righteously & do good continually & if ye do all these things then shall ye receive your reward yea ye shall have mercy restored unto you again ye shall have justice restored unto you again ye shall have a righteous judgment restored unto you again & ye shall have good rewarded unto you again for that which ye doth send out shall return unto you again & be restored therefore the word restoration more fully condemneth the sinner & justifieth him not at all & now my Son I perseve there is somewhat more which doth worry your mind which ye cannot understand which is concerning the justice of God in the punishment of the sinner for ye do try to suppose that it is injustice that the sinner should be consigned to a state of miseary now behold my Son I will explain this thing unto thee for behold after the Lord God sent our first parents forth from the garden of Eden to till the ground from whence he was taken yea he drew out the man & he plased at the east end of the garden of Eden Cherubims & flaming sword which turned every way to keep the tree of life now we see that the man had became as God knowing good & evil & lest he should put forth his hand & take also of the tree of life & eat & live forever that the Lord God placed Cherubim & the flaming sword that he should not partake of the fruit & thus we see that there was a time granted unto man to repent yea probationary time a time to repent & serve God for behold if Adam had put [p. 272]
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