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

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have power to enact Laws according to the Laws which had been given & to put them in force according to the wickedness & the crimes of the people— Now this mans name was Nephiah & he was appointed Chief Judge & he sat upon in the Judgment seat to Judge & to govern the people, now Alma did not grant unto him the Office of High priest over the church but the retained the Office of high Priest unto himself, but he delivered the Judgment Seat unto Nephiah & this he did that he himself might go forth among his people or among the people of Nephi that he might Preach the word of God unto them to stir them up in remembrance of their duty & that he might pull down by the word of God all the pride & craftiness & all the contentions which was among his people seeing no way that he might reclaim them save it were in bearing down in pure testimony against them. And thus in the ninth commencement of the ninth year of the Judges over the people of Nephi Alma delivered up the Judgment Seat to Nephiah & confined himself wholly to the High Priesthood of the holy Order of God to the testimony of <​the​> word according to the spirit of revelation and Prophesy—
Alma, Chapter 3 [Alma 5]
Chapter 3rd.
The words which Alma the high priest according to the holy order of god delivered to the people in their Citties & viliges through out the land Now it Came to pass that Alma began to declair the word of God unto the People first in the land of Zarahemla & from thence throght all the land & these are the words which he spake to the People in the church which was established in the City of Zarahemla according to his own Record, Saying I Alma having been Consecrated by own Father Alma to be a High Priest over the church of God, he having Power and authority from to do these things, Behold I say unto you that he began to establish church in the land which was in the Borders of Nephi yea the land was Called the land of Mormon yea & he did Baptise his Brethren in the waters of Mormon & Behold I say unto you they were dlivered out of the hand of the people of King Noah by the mercy & power of God and Behold after that they were brought into Bondage by the hands of the Lamanites in the wilderness yea I say unto you they were in captivity & again the Lord did deliver them out of Bondage by the power of his word & we were brought into this land, & here we began to Establish the Church of God throughout this land also, And <​now​> Behold I say unto you my Brethren you you that belong to this Church have you sufficiently retained in remembrance the Captivity of your Fathers Yea & have you sufficiently retained in remembrance his mercy & long suffering towards them & more over have ye sufficiently retained in remembrancce [p. 179]
have power to enact Laws according to the Laws which had been given & to put them in force according to the wickedness & the crimes of the people— Now this mans name was Nephiah & he was appointed Chief Judge & he sat in the Judgment seat to Judge & to govern the people, now Alma did not grant unto him the Office of High priest over the church but the retained the Office of high Priest unto himself, but he delivered the Judgment Seat unto Nephiah & this he did that he himself might go forth among his people or among the people of Nephi that he might Preach the word of God unto them to stir them up in remembrance of their duty & that he might pull down by the word of God all the pride & craftiness & all the contentions which was among his people seeing no way that he might reclaim them save it were in bearing down in pure testimony against them. And thus in the commencement of the ninth year of the Judges over the people of Nephi Alma delivered up the Judgment Seat to Nephiah & confined himself wholly to the High Priesthood of the holy Order of God to the testimony of the word according to the spirit of revelation and Prophesy—
Alma, Chapter 3 [Alma 5]
Chapter 3rd.
The words which Alma the high priest according to the holy order of god delivered to the people in their Citties & viliges through out the land Now it Came to pass that Alma began to declair the word of God unto the People first in the land of Zarahemla & from thence throght all the land & these are the words which he spake to the People in the church which was established in the City of Zarahemla according to his own Record, Saying I Alma having been Consecrated by own Father Alma to be a High Priest over the church of God, he having Power and authority from to do these things, Behold I say unto you that he began to establish church in the land which was in the Borders of Nephi yea the land was Called the land of Mormon yea & he did Baptise his Brethren in the waters of Mormon & Behold I say unto you they were dlivered out of the hand of the people of King Noah by the mercy & power of God and Behold after that they were brought into Bondage by the hands of the Lamanites in the wilderness yea I say unto you they were in captivity & again the Lord did deliver them out of Bondage by the power of his word & we were brought into this land, & here we began to Establish the Church of God throughout this land also, And now Behold I say unto you my Brethren you that belong to this Church have you sufficiently retained in remembrance the Captivity of your Fathers Yea & have you sufficiently retained in remembrance his mercy & long suffering towards them & more over have ye sufficiently retained in remembrancce [p. 179]
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