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

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& it came to pass that when Laman saw me he was excedingly frightened & also Lemuel & Sam & they fled from before my presance for they supposed it was Laban & that he had slain me & had sought to take away their lives also & it came to pass that I called after them & they did hear me wherefore they did cease to flee from my presance & it came to pass that when the servant of Laban Beheld my Brethren he began to tremble & was about to flee from before me & return to the city of Jerusalem & now I Nephi being a man of large <in> stature & also haveing received much strength of the Lord therefore I did seize upon the Servant of Laban & held him that he should not flee & it came to pass that I spake with him that if he would hearken unto my words as the Lord liveth & as I live even so that if he would hearken unto our words we would spare his life & I spake unto him even with an oath that he need not fear that he should be a free man like unto us if he would go down in the wilderness with us & I also spake unto him saying surely the Lord hath commanded us to do this thing & shall we not be diligent in heark keeping the commandments of the Lord therefore if thou wilt go down into the wilderness to my father thou shalt have place with us & it came to pass that Zoram did take courage at the words which I spake now Zoram was the name of the Servant & he promised that he would go down into the wilderness unto my <our> father & he also made an oath unto us that he would tarry with us from that time forth now we were desireous that he should tarry with us for this cause that the Jews might not know concerning our flight unto into the wilderness lest they should persue us & destroy us & it came to pass that when Zoram had made an oath unto us our fears did cease concerning him & it came to pass that we took the plates of Brass & the servant of Laban & departed into the wilderness & journied unto the tent of our father & it came to pass that after we had came down into the wilderness unto our father behold he was filled with joy & also my Bother Mother Sariah was exceding glad for she truly had mourned because of us for she had supposed that we had perished in the wilderness & she also had complained against my father telling him that he was a visionary man saying behold thou hast lead us forth from the land of our inheritance & my sons are no more & we perish in the wilderness & after this manner of language had my Mother complained against my father & it had came to pass that my father spake unto her saying I know that I am a visionary man for if I had not seen the things of God in a vision I should not have known the goodness of God but had tarried at Jerusalem & had perished with my Brethren but Behold I have obtained a land of promise inthewhich things I do rejoice yea & I know that the Lord will deliver my Sons out of the hands of Laban & bring o them down again unto us in the wilderness & after this manner of language did my father Lehi [p. 8]
& it came to pass that when Laman saw me he was excedingly frightened & also Lemuel & Sam & they fled from before my presance for they supposed it was Laban & that he had slain me & had sought to take away their lives also & it came to pass that I called after them & they did hear me wherefore they did cease to flee from my presance & it came to pass that when the servant of Laban Beheld my Brethren he began to tremble & was about to flee from before me & return to the city of Jerusalem & now I Nephi being a man large in stature & also haveing received much strength of the Lord therefore I did seize upon the Servant of Laban & held him that he should not flee & it came to pass that I spake with him that if he would hearken unto my words as the Lord liveth & as I live even so that if he would hearken unto our words we would spare his life & I spake unto him even with an oath that he need not fear that he should be a free man like unto us if he would go down in the wilderness with us & I also spake unto him saying surely the Lord hath commanded us to do this thing & shall we not be diligent in keeping the commandments of the Lord therefore if thou wilt go down into the wilderness to my father thou shalt have place with us & it came to pass that Zoram did take courage at the words which I spake now Zoram was the name of the Servant & he promised that he would go down into the wilderness unto our father & he also made an oath unto us that he would tarry with us from that time forth now we were desireous that he should tarry with us for this cause that the Jews might not know concerning our flight into the wilderness lest they should persue us & destroy us & it came to pass that when Zoram had made an oath unto us our fears did cease concerning him & it came to pass that we took the plates of Brass & the servant of Laban & departed into the wilderness & journied unto the tent of our father & it came to pass that after we had came down into the wilderness unto our father behold he was filled with joy & also my Mother Sariah was exceding glad for she truly had mourned because of us for she had supposed that we had perished in the wilderness & she also had complained against my father telling him that he was a visionary man saying behold thou hast lead us forth from the land of our inheritance & my sons are no more & we perish in the wilderness & after this manner of language had my Mother complained against my father & it had came to pass that my father spake unto her saying I know that I am a visionary man for if I had not seen the things of God in a vision I should not have known the goodness of God but had tarried at Jerusalem & had perished with my Brethren but Behold I have obtained a land of promise inthewhich things I do rejoice yea & I know that the Lord will deliver my Sons out of the hands of Laban & bring them down again unto us in the wilderness & after this manner of language did my father Lehi [p. 8]
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