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

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their flocks & their herds & they went round about the land of Shilom in the wilderness & bent their course towards the land of Zarahemla being led by Ammon & his brethren & they had taken all their gold & silver & their precious things which they could carry & also their provisions with them unto into the wilderness & they persued their journey & after being many days in the wilderness they arived in the land of Zarahemla & joined his people & became his subjects & it came to pass that Mosiah received them with joy & he also received their records & also the records which had been found by the People of Limhi & now it came to pass when the Lamanites had found that the people of Limhi had departed out of the land by night <​night​> that they sent an army into the wilderness to persue them & after they had persued them two days they could no longer follow their tracks therefore they were lost in the wilderness
Mosiah, Chapter 11 [Mosiah 23–27]
Chapter [blank] An account of Alma & the people of the Lord which was driven into the wilderness by the people of king Noah—— Now Alma having been warned of the Lord that the armies of king Noah would come upon them & had made it known to his people therefore they gathered together their flocks & too took of their grain & departed into the wilderness before the armies of king Noah & the Lord did strengthen them that the people of king Noah could not overtake them to destroy them & it came to pass that they fled eight days journey into the wilderness & they came to a land yea even a verry beautiful & pleasant land a land of pure water & it came to pass that they pitched their tents & began to till the ground & began to build buildings .&C. yea they were industrious & did labour excedingly & it came to pass that the people were desireous that Alma should be their king for he was beloved by his people but he saith unto them behold it is not expediant that we should have a king for thus saith the Lord ye shall not esteem one flesh above another or one man shall not think himself above another therefore I say unto you it is not expediant that ye should have a king nevertheless if it were possible that ye could always have a just man to be your kings it would be well for you to have a king but remember the iniquity of king Noah & his priests & I myself was caught in a snare & did many things which was abominable in the sight of God the Lord which caused me sore repentance nevertheless after much tribulation the Lord did hear my cries & did answer my prayres & hath made me an instrument in his hands in bringing so many of you to a knowledge of his truth nevertheless in this I do not glory for I am unworthy to glory of myself & now I say unto you as you have been opposed oppressed by king Noah & have been in bondage to him & his priests & have been brought into iniquity by them therefore ye were bound with the bands of iniquity & now as ye have been delivered by the power of God out of these bonds yea out of the hands of king Noah & his people & also from the bonds of iniquity even so I desire that ye [p. 153]
their flocks & their herds & they went round about the land of Shilom in the wilderness & bent their course towards the land of Zarahemla being led by Ammon & his brethren & they had taken all their gold & silver & their precious things which they could carry & also their provisions with them into the wilderness & they persued their journey & after being many days in the wilderness they arived in the land of Zarahemla & joined his people & became his subjects & it came to pass that Mosiah received them with joy & he also received their records & also the records which had been found by the People of Limhi & now it came to pass when the Lamanites had found that the people of Limhi had departed out of the land by night that they sent an army into the wilderness to persue them & after they had persued them two days they could no longer follow their tracks therefore they were lost in the wilderness
Mosiah, Chapter 11 [Mosiah 23–27]
Chapter [blank] An account of Alma & the people of the Lord which was driven into the wilderness by the people of king Noah—— Now Alma having been warned of the Lord that the armies of king Noah would come upon them & had made it known to his people therefore they gathered together their flocks & took of their grain & departed into the wilderness before the armies of king Noah & the Lord did strengthen them that the people of king Noah could not overtake them to destroy them & it came to pass that they fled eight days journey into the wilderness & they came to a land yea even a verry beautiful & pleasant land a land of pure water & it came to pass that they pitched their tents & began to till the ground & began to build buildings .&C. yea they were industrious & did labour excedingly & it came to pass that the people were desireous that Alma should be their king for he was beloved by his people but he saith unto them behold it is not expediant that we should have a king for thus saith the Lord ye shall not esteem one flesh above another or one man shall not think himself above another therefore I say unto you it is not expediant that ye should have a king nevertheless if it were possible that ye could always have just man to be your kings it would be well for you to have a king but remember the iniquity of king Noah & his priests & I myself was caught in a snare & did many things which was abominable in the sight of the Lord which caused me sore repentance nevertheless after much tribulation the Lord did hear my cries & did answer my prayres & hath made me an instrument in his hands in bringing so many of you to a knowledge of his truth nevertheless in this I do not glory for I am unworthy to glory of myself & now I say unto you as you have been oppressed by king Noah & have been in bondage to him & his priests & have been brought into iniquity by them therefore ye were bound with the bands of iniquity & now as ye have been delivered by the power of God out of these bonds yea out of the hands of king Noah & his people & also from the bonds of iniquity even so I desire that ye [p. 153]
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