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

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unto the words of Jesus & also to them which he hath chosen & sent among them for whoso receiveth not the words of Jesus & the words of them which he hath sent receiveth not him & therefore he will not receive them at the last day & it would be better for them if they had not been born for do ye suppose that ye can get rid of the justice of an offended God who hath been trampleed under feet of men that thereby salvation might come, And now behold as I spake concerning them whom the Lord had chosen yea even three which were caught up into <​the​> Heaven<​s​> that I knew not whether they were cleansed from mortality to immortality but But since I wrote I have enquired of the Lord & he hath made it manifest unto me that needs be a change wrought upon their bodies or else needs needs be that they must taste of death therefore that they might not toste of death there was a change wrought upon their bodies that they might not suffer pain nor sorrow save it were for the Sins of the world now this change was not equal to that which should take place at the last day but there was a change wrought upon them insomuch that Satan could have no power over them that he could not tempt them & they were sanctified in the flesh that they were Holy & that the powers of the earth could not hold them & in this state they were to remain until the Judgment day of christ & at that day they were to receive a greater change & to be received into the Kingdom of the Father to go no more out but to dwell with God eternally in the Heavens & now behold I say unto you that when the Lord shall see fit in his wisdom that these sayings shall come unto the Gentiles according to his word then ye may know that the covenant which the Father hath made with the Children of Israel concerning their restoration to the land<​s​> of their inheritance is already beginning to be fulfiled & ye may know that the words of the Lord which have been spoken by the Holy Prophets shall all be fulfiled & ye need not say that the Lord delays his comeing unto the Children of Israel & ye need not imagine in your hearts that the words which have been spoken are vain for behold the Lord will remember his covenant which he hath made unto his People of the House of Israel & when ye shall see these sayings coming forth among you then ye need not any longer spurn at the doings of the Lord for the sword of his justice is in his Right hand & behold at that day if ye shall spurn at his doings he will cause it that it shall soon overtake you. woe unto him that spurneth at the doings of the Lord yea woe unto him that shall deny the Christ & his works yea woe unto him that shall deny the revelations of the Lord & that shall say the Lord no longer worketh by revelations onl or by Prophecy or by gifts or by tongues or by healings or by the power of the Holy Ghost yea & woe unto him that shall say at that day that there can be no miracle wrought by jesus Christ for to get gain for he that doeth this shall become likes unto the son of perdition for whom there was no mer mercy according the words of Christ yea & ye need not any longer hiss nor spurn nor make [p. 409]
unto the words of Jesus & also to them which he hath chosen & sent among them for whoso receiveth not the words of Jesus & the words of them which he hath sent receiveth not him & therefore he will not receive them at the last day & it would be better for them if they had not been born for do ye suppose that ye can get rid of the justice of an offended God who hath been trampleed under feet of men that thereby salvation might come, And now behold as I spake concerning them whom the Lord had chosen yea even three which were caught up into the Heavens that I knew not whether they were cleansed from mortality to immortality but But since I wrote I have enquired of the Lord & he hath made it manifest unto me that needs be a change wrought upon their bodies or else needs be that they must taste of death therefore that they might not toste of death there was a change wrought upon their bodies that they might not suffer pain nor sorrow save it were for the Sins of the world now this change was not equal to that which should take place at the last day but there was a change wrought upon them insomuch that Satan could have no power over them that he could not tempt them & they were sanctified in the flesh that they were Holy & that the powers of the earth could not hold them & in this state they were to remain until the Judgment day of christ & at that day they were to receive a greater change & to be received into the Kingdom of the Father to go no more out but to dwell with God eternally in the Heavens & now behold I say unto you that when the Lord shall see fit in his wisdom that these sayings shall come unto the Gentiles according to his word then ye may know that the covenant which the Father hath made with the Children of Israel concerning their restoration to the lands of their inheritance is already beginning to be fulfiled & ye may know that the words of the Lord which have been spoken by the Holy Prophets shall all be fulfiled & ye need not say that the Lord delays his comeing unto the Children of Israel & ye need not imagine in your hearts that the words which have been spoken are vain for behold the Lord will remember his covenant which he hath made unto his People of the House of Israel & when ye shall see these sayings coming forth among you then ye need not any longer spurn at the doings of the Lord for the sword of his justice is in his Right hand & behold at that day if ye shall spurn at his doings he will cause it that it shall soon overtake you. woe unto him that spurneth at the doings of the Lord yea woe unto him that shall deny the Christ & his works yea woe unto him that shall deny the revelations of the Lord & that shall say the Lord no longer worketh by revelation or by Prophecy or by gifts or by tongues or by healings or by the power of the Holy Ghost yea & woe unto him that shall say at that day that there can be no miracle wrought by jesus Christ for to get gain for he that doeth this shall become like unto the son of perdition for whom there was no mercy according the words of Christ yea & ye need not any longer hiss nor spurn nor make [p. 409]
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