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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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who should be their Judges to Judge them according to the Law which had been given them & they were exceedingly rejoiced because of the liberty which had been granted unto them & they did wax strong in love towards Mosiah yea they did esteem him more than any other man for they did not look upon him as a Tyrant who was seeking for gain yea for that luker which doth corrupt the Soul for he had not exacted Riches of them neither had he delighted in sheding of blood but he had established Peace in the land & he had granted unto his people that they should be delivered from all manner of bondage. therefore they did esteem him yea exceedingly beyond measure. And it came to pass that they did appoint Judges to rule over them or to Judges them according to the law & this they done throughout all the land. And it came to pass that Alma was appointed to be the Chief Judge he being also the High Priest his Father having confered the office upon him & had given him the charge concerning all the offairs of the church, and now it came to pass that that Alma did walk in the ways of the Lord & he did keep his commandments & he did Judge righteous Judgments & there was continual Peace through the land & thus commenced the Reign of the Judges throughout all the land of Zarahemla among all the people which was called the Nephites, And Alma was the first & Chief Judge. And now it came to pass that his Father Died being Eighty and two years old having lived to fulfill the commandments of God. And It came to pass that that Mosiah died also in the thirty & third year of his Reign being sixty and three years, making in the whole Five Hundred & Nine years from the time Lehi left Jerusalem, And thus Ended the Reign of the Kings over the people of Nephi, and this thus ended the days of Alma who was the founder of their Church
Alma, Chapter 1 [Alma 1–3]
Chapter 1st
The account of Alma who was the Son of Alma the First and Chief Judge over the people of Nephi & also the high Priest over the Church. an account of the Reign of the Judges and the wars & contentions among the people, And also an account of a war between the Nephites & the Lamanites According to the Record of Alma the first and Chief Judge—— Now It came to pass that in the first Year of the Reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi from this time forward, King Mosiah having gone the way of all the Earth haveing warred a good warfare walking uprightly before God, leaveing no one to Reign in his stead nevertheless he established Laws & they were acknowledged before the people [p. 169]
who should be their Judges to Judge them according to the Law which had been given them & they were exceedingly rejoiced because of the liberty which had been granted unto them & they did wax strong in love towards Mosiah yea they did esteem him more than any other man for they did not look upon him as a Tyrant who was seeking for gain yea for that luker which doth corrupt the Soul for he had not exacted Riches of them neither had he delighted in sheding of blood but he had established Peace in the land & he had granted unto his people that they should be delivered from all manner of bondage. therefore they did esteem him yea exceedingly beyond measure. And it came to pass that they did appoint Judges to rule over them or to Judge them according to the law & this they done throughout all the land. And it came to pass that Alma was appointed to be the Chief Judge he being also the High Priest his Father having confered the office upon him & had given him the charge concerning all the offairs of the church, and now it came to pass that Alma did walk in the ways of the Lord & he did keep his commandments & he did Judge righteous Judgments & there was continual Peace through the land & thus commenced the Reign of the Judges throughout all the land of Zarahemla among all the people which was called the Nephites, And Alma was the first & Chief Judge. And now it came to pass that his Father Died being Eighty and two years old having lived to fulfill the commandments of God. And It came to pass that Mosiah died also in the thirty & third year of his Reign being sixty and three years, making in the whole Five Hundred & Nine years from the time Lehi left Jerusalem, And thus Ended the Reign of the Kings over the people of Nephi, and thus ended the days of Alma who was the founder of their Church
Alma, Chapter 1 [Alma 1–3]
Chapter 1st
The account of Alma who was the Son of Alma the First and Chief Judge over the people of Nephi & also the high Priest over the Church. an account of the Reign of the Judges and the wars & contentions among the people, And also an account of a war between the Nephites & the Lamanites According to the Record of Alma the first and Chief Judge—— Now It came to pass that in the first Year of the Reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi from this time forward, King Mosiah having gone the way of all the Earth haveing warred a good warfare walking uprightly before God, leaveing no one to Reign in his stead nevertheless he established Laws & they were acknowledged before the people [p. 169]
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