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Book of Mormon Manuscript Excerpt, circa June 1829 [1 Nephi 2:2b–3:18a]

Book of Mormon Manuscript Excerpt, circa June 1829 [1 Nephi 2:2b–3:18a]

aer ereth [that he Should] take his family & depart into the wilderness [and it ca]me to [p]ass that he was obediant unto the word of the Lord wherefore he did as the Lord commanded

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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him & it came to pass that he departed into the wilderness & he left his house & the land of his in heritance [and] his gold & his silver & his precious things & took nothing with him save it were his family & provisions & tents & he departed into the wilderness & he came down by the border near the shore of the Red Sea & he traveled in the wilderness in the borders which was nearer the Red Sea and he did traveld in the wilderness with his family which consisted of my mother Sariah & my elder Brethren which were Laman Lemuel & Sam & it came to pass that when he had traveled three days in the wilderness he pitched his tent in a vally beside a river of water & it came to pass that he built an altar of stones & he made an offering unto the Lord & gave thanks unto the Lord our God & it came to pass that he called the name of the River Laman & it empted into the Read Sea & the vally was in the borders near the mouth thereof & when my father saw that the waters of the River empted into the fountain of the Red sea he spake unto Laman saying O that thou mightest be like unto this River continually running into the fountain of all righteousness & he also spake unto Lemuel saying O that thou mightest be like unto this vally firm & steadfast & immoveable in keeping the commandments of the Lord now this he spake because of the stiffneckedness of Laman & Lemuel for behold they did murmur in many thinngs against their father because that he was a visionary man & that he had lead them out of the land of Jerusalem to leave the land of their in heritance & their gold & their silver & their precious things & to perish in the wilderness & this they said that he had done because of the foolish immagionations of his heart & thus Laman & Lemuel being the eldest did murmur against their father & they did murmur because they knew not the dealings of that God who had created them neither did they believe that Jerusalem that great City could be destroid according to the words of the prophets & they were like unto the Jews which were at Jerusalem which saught to take away the life of my father & it came to pass that my father did speak unto them in the vally of Lemuel with power being filled with the spirit untill their frames did shake before him & he did confound them that they est [durst] not utter against him wherefore they did do as he commanded them & my father dwelt in a tent & it came to [p]ass that I Nephi being exceding young nevertheless being large in stature & also haveing great desires to Know of the mysteries of God wherefore I cried unto the Lord & behold he did visit me & did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father wherefore I did not rebell against him like unto my Brothers & I spake unto Sam makeing known unto him the things which the Lord had manifested unto me by his Holy spirit & it came to pass that he believed in my words but behold Laman & Lemuel would not hearken unto my words & being grieved because of the heardness of their hearts I cried unto the Lord for them & it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me saying blessed art thou Nephi because of thy faith for thou hast saught me diligently with lowliness of heart & in as much as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper & shall be lead to a land of promise yea even a land which I have prepared for you a land which is choice above all other lands & in as much as thy Brethren shall rebell against thee they shall be cut off from the presance of the Lord & in as much as thou shalt keep my commandments thou shalt be made a ruler [and a] teacher over thy Brethren for behold in that day that they shall rebell against me I will curse them even with a sore curse & they shall have no power over thy seed except they shall [p. [3]]
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Oliver Cowdery handwriting begins. This excerpt begins midnarrative because the previous leaf of the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon is missing.  


[that he Should] ta[k]e his family & dep[a]rt into the wilder[n]ess [and it ca] me to [p]ass that he was obediant unto the word of the Lord wherefo[re he]  did as the Lord commanded

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him & it came to pass that he depart[e]d  into the wilderness & he left his house & the land of his in heritance [and]  his gold & his silver & his precious things & took nothing with him save  it were his family & provisions & tents & he departed into the wilder[n] ess & he came dow[n] by the borders near the shores of the Red Sea & he trav eled in the wilderness in the borders which was nearer the Red Sea  [and] he did travel<d> in the wilderness with his family which consisted of my  mother Sariah & my elder Brethren which were Laman Lemuel &  Sam & it came to pass that when he had traveled three days in the wilderness  he pitched his tent in a vally beside a river of water & it came to pass  that he built an altar of stones & he made an offering unto the Lord & gave  thanks unto the Lord our God & it came to pass that he called the name of the  River Laman & it empted into the Read Sea & the vally was in the borders  near the mouth thereof & when my father saw that the waters of the River  empted into the fountain of the Red sea he spake unto Laman saying O  that thou mightest be like unto this River continually runn [in]g into <the fountain of> all righteousness & he also spake unto Lemuel saying O that thou  mightest be like unto this vally firm & steadfast & immoveable in keeping  the commandments of the Lord now this he spake because of the stiffneck edness of Laman & Lemuel for behold they did murmur in many thin ngs against their father because that he was a visionary man & that he had lead  them out of the land of Jerusalem to leave the land of their in heritance &  their gold & their silver & their precious things & to perish in the wilder ness & this they said that he had done because of the foolish immagionations of  his heart & thus Laman & Lemuel being the eldest did murmur against  their father & they did murmur because they knew not the dealings of that God  who had created them neither did they believe that Jerusalem that great City  could be destroid according to the words of the prophets & they were like unto  the Jews which were at Jerusalem which saught to take away the life of  my father & it came to pass that my father did speak unto them in the vally of  Lemuel with power being filled with the spirit untill their frame[s] di[d]  [sh]ake before him & he did confound them that they est [durst] not utte[r] ag[a]inst him where[for]e they did do as he commanded them & my father dwelt in a tent & it came  [to] [p]as[s] that I Nephi being exceding young nevertheless being large in sta ture & also haveing great desires to Know of the mysteries <of God> wherefore I cried  unto the Lord & behold he did visit me & did soften my heart that I did  believe all the words which ha[d] been spoken by my father wherefore I  did not rebell against him like unto my Brothers & I spake unto Sam  makeing known unto him the things which the Lord had manifested  unto me by his Holy spirit & it came to pass that he believed in my wo rds but behold Laman & Lemuel would not hearken unto my words  & being grieved because of the heardness of their hearts I cried unto the Lord fo[r] th em & it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me saying blessed art thou <[N]ephi> beca use of thy faith for thou hast saught me diligently with lowliness of heart  & in as much as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in & sh all be lead to a land of promise yea even a land which I have prepared fo r you a land which is choice above all other lands & in as much as thy Br ethren shall rebell against the<e> they shall be cut off from the presance  of the Lord & in as much as thou shalt keep my commandments thou  [s]halt be made a ruler [and a] teacher over thy Brethren for behold in that  day that they shall rebell against me I will curse them even with a so r[e] curse & they shall have no power over thy seed except they shall [p. [3]]
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Book of Mormon, original manuscript, pp. [3]–[4]; [likely Fayette

Located in northern part of county between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. Area settled, by 1790. Officially organized as Washington Township, 14 Mar. 1800. Name changed to Fayette, 6 Apr. 1808. Population in 1830 about 3,200. Population in 1840 about 3,700. Significant...

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, NY, ca. June 1829]; handwriting of Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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and two unidentified scribes; Book of Mormon manuscript 1829, CHL.

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