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

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began to deny the true church of church christ & it came to pass that when two hundred & ten years Had passed away there were many Churches in the Land yea there were Churches which professed to know the Christ & yet they did deny the more part of his Gospel insomuch that they did receive all manner of wickedness & did administer that which was sacred unto him to whom it had been forbidden because of unworthyness & this Church did multiply exceedingly because of iniquity & because of the power of Satan which did get hold upon their hearts, & again there was another Church which denyed the Christ & they did persecute the true Church of Christ because of their humility & thier belief in Christ & they did despise them bcause of the many miracles which were wrought among them therefore they did erercise power over & authority over the Disciples of Jesus which did tarry with them & they did cast them into prison but by the power of the word of God which was in them the prisons were rent in twain & they went forth doing mighty miracles among them nevertheless & notwithstanding all these miracles the People did harden their hearts & did seek to kill them even as the Jews at Jerusalem saught to kill Jesus according to his word & they did cast them into furnaces of fire & they came forth receiving no harm & they also cast them into dens of wild beasts & they did play with the wild beasts even as a child with a lamb & they did come forth from among them reciveing no harm nevertheless the People did harden their hearts for they were lead by many preist & false Prophets to build up many Churches & to do all manner of iniquity & they did smite upon the people of Jesus but the people of did not smite again & thus they did dwindle in unbelief & wickedness from year to year even until two hundred & thirty years had passed away— & now it came to pass in this year yea in the two hundred & thirty & first year there were a great division among the People. & it came to pass that in this year there arose a People which was called the Nephites & they were true believers in Christ & among them there were they which was called by the Lamanites Jacobites & Josephites & Zoramites therefore the true believers in Chist & the true worshipers of Christ among whom were the three disciples of Jesus which should tarry, were called Nephites & Jacobites & Josephites & Zoramites & it came to pass that they which rejected the Gospel were called Lamanites & Lemuelites & Ishmaelites & they did not dwindle in unbelief but they did willfully rebell against the Gospel of Christ & they did teach their children that they should not believe even as their Fathers from the beginning dwindle & it was because of the wickedness & abominations of their Fathers even as it was in the beginning & they were taught to hate the Children of God even as the Lamanites were taught to hate the Children of Nephites from the beginning & it came to pass thot two hundred & forty & four years had passed away & thus were the affairs of the People & the more wicked part [p. 412]
began to deny the true church of christ & it came to pass that when two hundred & ten years Had passed away there were many Churches in the Land yea there were Churches which professed to know the Christ & yet they did deny the more part of his Gospel insomuch that they did receive all manner of wickedness & did administer that which was sacred unto him to whom it had been forbidden because of unworthyness & this Church did multiply exceedingly because of iniquity & because of the power of Satan which did get hold upon their hearts, & again there was another Church which denyed the Christ & they did persecute the true Church of Christ because of their humility & thier belief in Christ & they did despise them bcause of the many miracles which were wrought among them therefore they did erercise power over & authority over the Disciples of Jesus which did tarry with them & they did cast them into prison but by the power of the word of God which was in them the prisons were rent in twain & they went forth doing mighty miracles among them nevertheless & notwithstanding all these miracles the People did harden their hearts & did seek to kill them even as the Jews at Jerusalem saught to kill Jesus according to his word & they did cast them into furnaces of fire & they came forth receiving no harm & they also cast them into dens of wild beasts & they did play with the wild beasts even as a child with a lamb & they did come forth from among them reciveing no harm nevertheless the People did harden their hearts for they were lead by many preist & false Prophets to build up many Churches & to do all manner of iniquity & they did smite upon the people of Jesus but the people of did not smite again & thus they did dwindle in unbelief & wickedness from year to year even until two hundred & thirty years had passed away— & now it came to pass in this year yea in the two hundred & thirty & first year there were a great division among the People. & it came to pass that in this year there arose a People which was called the Nephites & they were true believers in Christ & among them there were they which was called by the Lamanites Jacobites & Josephites & Zoramites therefore the true believers in Chist & the true worshipers of Christ among whom were the three disciples of Jesus which should tarry, were called Nephites & Jacobites & Josephites & Zoramites & it came to pass that they which rejected the Gospel were called Lamanites & Lemuelites & Ishmaelites & they did not dwindle in unbelief but they did willfully rebell against the Gospel of Christ & they did teach their children that they should not believe even as their Fathers from the beginning dwindle & it was because of the wickedness & abominations of their Fathers even as it was in the beginning & they were taught to hate the Children of God even as the Lamanites were taught to hate the Children of Nephi from the beginning & it came to pass thot two hundred & forty & four years had passed away & thus were the affairs of the People & the more wicked part [p. 412]
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