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

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one according to their families to their own houses & Mosiah began to reign in his fathers stead & he began to reign in the thirtyeth year of his age makeing in the whole about four hundred & seventy six years from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem & King Benjamin lived three years & he died & it came to pass that King Mosiah did walk in the ways of the Lord & did observe his Judgments & his statutes & did keep his commandments in all things whatsoever he commanded him & King Mosiah did cause his People that they should till the earth & he also himself did till the earth that thereby he might not become burthensome to his People that he might do according to that which his father had done in all things & there was no contention among all his People for the space of three years
Mosiah, Chapter 5 [Mosiah 7–8]
Chapter [blank]—— And now it came to pass that after King Mosiah had had continual peace for the space of three years he was desireous to know concerning the People which went up to dwell in the land of LehiNephi or in the city of LehiNephi for his People had heard nothing from them from the time they left the land of Zarahemla therefore they <​wearied​> wearyied him with their teasings & it came to pass that King Mosiah granted that sixteen of their strong men might go up to the land of LehiNephi to enquire concerning their Brethren & it came to pass that on the morrow they started to go up haveing with them one Ammon he being a strong & mighty man & a decendant of Zarahemla & he was also their leader & now they knew not the cours they should travel in the wilderness to go up to the land of LehiNephi therefore they wandered many days in the wilderness even forty days did they wander & when they had wandered forty days they came to a hill which is North of the land of Shilom & their they pitched their tents & Ammon took three of his Brethren & their names were Amaleki Helem & Hem & they went down into the land of Nephi & behold they met the king of the People which was in the land of Nephi & in the land of Shilom & they were surrounded by the kings guard & was taken & was bound & was commited to prison & it came to pass when they had been in prison two days they were again brought before the king & their bands were loosed & they stood before the king & was permited or rather commanded that they should answer the questions which he should ask them & he sayeth unto them behold I am Limhi the Son of Noah which was the Son of Zeniff which came up out of the land of Zarahemla to inherit this land which was the land of their fathers which was made a king by the voice of the People & now I desire to know the cause whereby ye were so bold as to come near the walls of the city when I myself was with my guards without the gate & now for this cause have I suffered that ye should be preserved that I might enquire of you or else I should have caused that my guards should have put you to death ye are permited to speak & now when Ammon saw that he was permited to speak he went forth & bowed himself before the king & riseing again he said O king I am verry thankful before God this day [p. 128]
one according to their families to their own houses & Mosiah began to reign in his fathers stead & he began to reign in the thirtyeth year of his age makeing in the whole about four hundred & seventy six years from the time that Lehi left Jerusalem & King Benjamin lived three years & he died & it came to pass that King Mosiah did walk in the ways of the Lord & did observe his Judgments & his statutes & did keep his commandments in all things whatsoever he commanded him & King Mosiah did cause his People that they should till the earth & he also himself did till the earth that thereby he might not become burthensome to his People that he might do according to that which his father had done in all things & there was no contention among all his People for the space of three years
Mosiah, Chapter 5 [Mosiah 7–8]
Chapter [blank]—— And now it came to pass that after King Mosiah had had continual peace for the space of three years he was desireous to know concerning the People which went up to dwell in the land of LehiNephi or in the city of LehiNephi for his People had heard nothing from them from the time they left the land of Zarahemla therefore they wearied him with their teasings & it came to pass that King Mosiah granted that sixteen of their strong men might go up to the land of LehiNephi to enquire concerning their Brethren & it came to pass that on the morrow they started to go up haveing with them one Ammon he being a strong & mighty man & a decendant of Zarahemla & he was also their leader & now they knew not the cours they should travel in the wilderness to go up to the land of LehiNephi therefore they wandered many days in the wilderness even forty days did they wander & when they had wandered forty days they came to a hill which is North of the land of Shilom & their they pitched their tents & Ammon took three of his Brethren & their names were Amaleki Helem & Hem & they went down into the land of Nephi & behold they met the king of the People which was in the land of Nephi & in the land of Shilom & they were surrounded by the kings guard & was taken & was bound & was commited to prison & it came to pass when they had been in prison two days they were again brought before the king & their bands were loosed & they stood before the king & was permited or rather commanded that they should answer the questions which he should ask them & he sayeth unto them behold I am Limhi the Son of Noah which was the Son of Zeniff which came up out of the land of Zarahemla to inherit this land which was the land of their fathers which was made a king by the voice of the People & now I desire to know the cause whereby ye were so bold as to come near the walls of the city when I myself was with my guards without the gate & now for this cause have I suffered that ye should be preserved that I might enquire of you or else I should have caused that my guards should have put you to death ye are permited to speak & now when Ammon saw that he was permited to speak he went forth & bowed himself before the king & riseing again he said O king I am verry thankful before God this day [p. 128]
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