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

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right hand & now my Brethren what have ye to say against this I say unto you if ye speak against it, it matters not for the word of God must be fulfilled for what shepherd is there among you having many sheep doth not watch over them that the wolves enter not and devour his flock and behold if a wolf enter his flock doth he not drive him out yea & at the last if he can he will destroy him and now I say unto you that the good shepherd doth call after you & if you will hearken unto his voice he will bring you into his fold and ye are his Sheep and he commandeth you that ye suffer no ravenous wolf to enter among you that ye may not be destroyed, and now I Alma do command you in the language of him who hath commanded me that ye observe to do the words which I have spoken unto you I speak by way of Command unto you that belong to the Church & Unto those which do not belong to the Church— & ◊◊to those who do not belong to the Church I speak by way of Invitation saying come and Baptised unto repentance that ye also may be partakers of the spirit of the tree of life——
Alma, Chapter 4 [Alma 6]
Chapter 4th.
And now it came to pass that after Alma had made an end of speaking unto the people of the church which was establisthed in the City of Zarahemla he ordained Priests & elders by laying on his hands according to the Order of God preside and watch over the church & it came to pass that whomsoever did not belong to the church who repented of their sins was Baptised unto repentance and was received into the church & it also came to pass that womsoever did belong to the church that did not repent of their wickedness and humble themselves before God I mean those which were lifted up in the pride of their hearts the same were rejected and their names were blotted out that their names were not numbred among those of the righteous & thus they began to establish the order of the church in the City of Zarahemla now I would that ye should understand that the word of God was liberal unto all, that no one was deprived of the privilege of assembling themselves together to hear the word of God nevertheless the children of God were commanded that they should gather themselves together oft & join in fasting and mighty prayer in behalf of the welfare of the Souls of those who knew not God & now It came to pass— that when Alma had made these regulations he departed from them yea from the church which was in the City of Zarahemla & went over upon the east of the river Sidon into the valley of Gideon. there having been a City built which was Called the City of Gideon which was in the valley that was Called Gideon being Called after the man which was slain by the hand of Nehor with the sword and Alma went and bgan to dclare the word [p. 184]
right hand & now my Brethren what have ye to say against this I say unto you if ye speak against it, it matters not for the word of God must be fulfilled for what shepherd is there among you having many sheep doth not watch over them that the wolves enter not and devour his flock and behold if a wolf enter his flock doth he not drive him out yea & at the last if he can he will destroy him and now I say unto you that the good shepherd doth call after you & if you will hearken unto his voice he will bring you into his fold and ye are his Sheep and he commandeth you that ye suffer no ravenous wolf to enter among you that ye may not be destroyed, and now I Alma do command you in the language of him who hath commanded me that ye observe to do the words which I have spoken unto you I speak by way of Command unto you that belong to the Church & Unto those which do not belong to the Church— & to those who do not belong to the Church I speak by way of Invitation saying come and Baptised unto repentance that ye also may be partakers of the spirit of the tree of life——
Alma, Chapter 4 [Alma 6]
Chapter 4th.
And now it came to pass that after Alma had made an end of speaking unto the people of the church which was establisthed in the City of Zarahemla he ordained Priests & elders by laying on his hands according to the Order of God preside and watch over the church & it came to pass that whomsoever did not belong to the church who repented of their sins was Baptised unto repentance and was received into the church & it also came to pass that womsoever did belong to the church that did not repent of their wickedness and humble themselves before God I mean those which were lifted up in the pride of their hearts the same were rejected and their names were blotted out that their names were not numbred among those of the righteous & thus they began to establish the order of the church in the City of Zarahemla now I would that ye should understand that the word of God was liberal unto all, that no one was deprived of the privilege of assembling themselves together to hear the word of God nevertheless the children of God were commanded that they should gather themselves together oft & join in fasting and mighty prayer in behalf of the welfare of the Souls of those who knew not God & now It came to pass— that when Alma had made these regulations he departed from them yea from the church which was in the City of Zarahemla & went over upon the east of the river Sidon into the valley of Gideon. there having been a City built which was Called the City of Gideon which was in the valley that was Called Gideon being Called after the man which was slain by the hand of Nehor with the sword and Alma went and bgan to dclare the word [p. 184]
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