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

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forth his hand immediately & partook of the tree of life he would have lived forever according to the word of God haveing no space for repentance yea & also the word of God would have been void & the great plan of salvation would have been frustrated but behold it was appointed unto man to die therefore as they were cut off from the tree of life therefore they should be cut off from the face of the earth & man became lost forever yea they became fallen man & now we see by this that our first parents were cut off both temporally & spiritually from the presance of the Lord & thus we see they became subjects to follow after their own will now behold it was not expediant that man should be reclaimed from this temporal death for that would destroy the great plan of happiness therefore as the soul could never die & the fall had brought upon all mankind a spiritual death as well as a temporal that is they were cut off from the presance of the Lord therefore it was expediant that mankind should be reclaimed from this spiritual death therefore as they had become carnal sensual & devilish by nature this probationary state became a state for them to prepare it became a probationary state & now remember my Son if it were not for the plan of redemption laying it a side as soon as they were dead their souls were miserable being cut off from the presance of the Lord & now there was no means to reclaim men from this fallen state which man had brought upon himself because of his own disobediance therefore according to justice the plan of redemption could not be brought about only on conditions of repentance of men in this probationary state <​yea this probationary state preparatory state​> for except it were for these conditions mercy could not take effect except it should destroy the work of justice now the work of justice could not be destroyed if so God would cease to be God & thus we see that all mankind were fallen & they were in the grasp of justice yea the justice of God which consigned them forever to be cut off from his presance & now the plan of mercy could not be brought about except an atonement should be made therefore God himself atoneth for the sins of the world to bring about the plan of mercy to appeas the demands of justice that God might be a perfect just God & a merciful God also now repentance could not come unto men except there were a punishment which also was as eternal as the life of the Soul should be affixed opposite to the plan of happiness which was as eternal also as the life of the soul now <​how​> could a man repent except he should sin how could he sin if there was no law how could there be a law save there was a punishment now there was a punishment affixed & a just law given which brought remorse of conscience unto man now if there was no law given if a man murdered he should [p. 273]
forth his hand immediately & partook of the tree of life he would have lived forever according to the word of God haveing no space for repentance yea & also the word of God would have been void & the great plan of salvation would have been frustrated but behold it was appointed unto man to die therefore as they were cut off from the tree of life therefore they should be cut off from the face of the earth & man became lost forever yea they became fallen man & now we see by this that our first parents were cut off both temporally & spiritually from the presance of the Lord & thus we see they became subjects to follow after their own will now behold it was not expediant that man should be reclaimed from this temporal death for that would destroy the great plan of happiness therefore as the soul could never die & the fall had brought upon all mankind a spiritual death as well as a temporal that is they were cut off from the presance of the Lord therefore it was expediant that mankind should be reclaimed from this spiritual death therefore as they had become carnal sensual & devilish by nature this probationary state became a state for them to prepare it became a probationary state & now remember my Son if it were not for the plan of redemption laying it a side as soon as they were dead their souls were miserable being cut off from the presance of the Lord & now there was no means to reclaim men from this fallen state which man had brought upon himself because of his own disobediance therefore according to justice the plan of redemption could not be brought about only on conditions of repentance of men in this probationary state yea this preparatory state for except it were for these conditions mercy could not take effect except it should destroy the work of justice now the work of justice could not be destroyed if so God would cease to be God & thus we see that all mankind were fallen & they were in the grasp of justice yea the justice of God which consigned them forever to be cut off from his presance & now the plan of mercy could not be brought about except an atonement should be made therefore God himself atoneth for the sins of the world to bring about the plan of mercy to appeas the demands of justice that God might be a perfect just God & a merciful God also now repentance could not come unto men except there were a punishment which also was as eternal as the life of the Soul should be affixed opposite to the plan of happiness which was as eternal also as the life of the soul now how could a man repent except he should sin how could he sin if there was no law how could there be a law save there was a punishment now there was a punishment affixed & a just law given which brought remorse of conscience unto man now if there was no law given if a man murdered he should [p. 273]
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