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

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whatsoever things were possible for us & did journy in the wilderness for the space of many days & after that we had journied for the space of many days we did pitch our tents & my People would that we should call the name of the place Nephi wherefore we did call it Nephi & all they which were with me did take it upon them to call themselves the People of Nephi & we did observe to keep the Judgments & the statutes & the commandments of the Lord in all things according to the law of Moses & the Lord was with us & we did prosper excedingly for we did sow seed & we did reap again in abundance & we began to raise flocks & heards & animels of every kind & I Nephi had also brought the records which were engraven upon the plates of Brass & also the Ball or compass which was prepared for my father by the hand of the Lord according to that whch <​which​> is written & it came to pass that we began to prosper excedingly & to multiply in the land & I Nephi did take the sword <​sword​> of Laban & after the manner of it did make many swords least by any means the People which were now called Lamanites should come upon us & destroy us for I knew their hatred towards me & my children & they which were called my people & I did teach my People that they should build buildings & that they should work in all manner of wood & of Iron & of Copper & of Brass & of Steel & of Gold & of Silver & of Precious Ores which were in great abundance & I Nephi did build a Temple & I did construct it after the manner of the Temple of Solomon save it were not build built of so many precious things for they were not to be found upon the land wherefore it could not be built like unto Solomons Temple but the manner of the construction was like unto the Temple of Solomon & the workmanship thereof was exceding fine & it came to pass that I Nephi did cause my People that they should be industrious & that they should labour with their hands & it came to pass that they would that I should be their King but I Nephi was desireous that they should have no King nevertheless I did do for them according to that which was in my power & behold the words of the Lord had been fulfiled unto my Brethren which he spake concerning them that I should be their ruler & their teacher wherefore I had been their ruler & their teacher according to the commandments of the Lord untill the time that they sought to take away my life wherefore the word of the Lord was fulfiled which he spake unto me saying that in as much as they will not hearken unto thy words they shall be cut off from the presance of the Lord & behold they were cut off from his presance & he had caused the cursing to come upon <​them​> yea even a sore curseing because of their iniquity for behold they had heardened their hearts against him that they had become like unto a flint wherefore as they were white & exceding fair & delightsome that they might not be enticeing unto my People therefore the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them [p. 57]
whatsoever things were possible for us & did journy in the wilderness for the space of many days & after that we had journied for the space of many days we did pitch our tents & my People would that we should call the name of the place Nephi wherefore we did call it Nephi & all they which were with me did take it upon them to call themselves the People of Nephi & we did observe to keep the Judgments & the statutes & the commandments of the Lord in all things according to the law of Moses & the Lord was with us & we did prosper excedingly for we did sow seed & we did reap again in abundance & we began to raise flocks & heards & animels of every kind & I Nephi had also brought the records which were engraven upon the plates of Brass & also the Ball or compass which was prepared for my father by the hand of the Lord according to that which is written & it came to pass that we began to prosper excedingly & to multiply in the land & I Nephi did take the sword of Laban & after the manner of it did make many swords least by any means the People which were now called Lamanites should come upon us & destroy us for I knew their hatred towards me & my children & they which were called my people & I did teach my People that they should build buildings & that they should work in all manner of wood & of Iron & of Copper & of Brass & of Steel & of Gold & of Silver & of Precious Ores which were in great abundance & I Nephi did build a Temple & I did construct it after the manner of the Temple of Solomon save it were not built of so many precious things for they were not to be found upon the land wherefore it could not be built like unto Solomons Temple but the manner of the construction was like unto the Temple of Solomon & the workmanship thereof was exceding fine & it came to pass that I Nephi did cause my People that they should be industrious & that they should labour with their hands & it came to pass that they would that I should be their King but I Nephi was desireous that they should have no King nevertheless I did do for them according to that which was in my power & behold the words of the Lord had been fulfiled unto my Brethren which he spake concerning them that I should be their ruler & their teacher wherefore I had been their ruler & their teacher according to the commandments of the Lord untill the time that they sought to take away my life wherefore the word of the Lord was fulfiled which he spake unto me saying that in as much as they will not hearken unto thy words they shall be cut off from the presance of the Lord & behold they were cut off from his presance & he had caused the cursing to come upon them yea even a sore curseing because of their iniquity for behold they had heardened their hearts against him that they had become like unto a flint wherefore as they were white & exceding fair & delightsome that they might not be enticeing unto my People therefore the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them [p. 57]
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