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

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round about on the wilderness sides on the North even until they came to the land which they called Bountiful & it bored upon the land which they called desolation it being so far northward that it came into the land which had been peopled & had been destroid of whose bones we have spoken which was destroid <discovered> by the people of Zarahemla it being the place of their first landing & they came from there up into the south wilderness thus the land on the northward was called desolation & the land on the southward was called bountiful it being the wilderness which was filled with all kind <manner> of wild animels of every king kind a part of which had come from the land northward for food & now it was only the distance of a day & a half’s Journey for a Nephites on the line bountiful & the land desolation from the east to the west Sea & thus the land of Nephi & the land of Zarahemla was nearly surrounded by water there being a small neck of land between the land Northward & the land southward & it came to pass that the Nephites had inhabited the land bountiful even from the east unto the west Sea & thus the Nephites in their wisdom with their guards & their armies had hemed in the Lamanites on the South that thereby they should have no more possession on the north that they might not overrun the land northward therefore the Lamanites could have no more possessions only in the land of Nephi & the wilderness round about now this was wisdom in the Nephites as the Lamanites were an enemy to them they would not suffer their afflictions on every hand & also that they might have a country whither they might flee according to their desires & now I after having said this return again to the account of Aaron Omner & Himni & their brethren— ——
Alma, Chapter 14 [Alma 23–26]
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Behold now it came to pass that the king of the Lamanites sent a proclamation among all his people that they should not lay their hands on Ammon <or> Aaron <or> Omner or Himni nor neither of their brethren which should go forth preaching the word of God in whatsoever place they should be in any part of their land yea he sent a decree amomg them that they should not lay their hands on them to bind them [p. 230]
round about on the wilderness sides on the North even until they came to the land which they called Bountiful & it bored upon the land which they called desolation it being so far northward that it came into the land which had been peopled & had been destroid of whose bones we have spoken which was discovered by the people of Zarahemla it being the place of their first landing & they came from there up into the south wilderness thus the land on the northward was called desolation & the land on the southward was called bountiful it being the wilderness which was filled with all manner of wild animels of every kind a part of which had come from the land northward for food & now it was only the distance of a day & a half’s Journey for a Nephites on the line bountiful & the land desolation from the east to the west Sea & thus the land of Nephi & the land of Zarahemla was nearly surrounded by water there being a small neck of land between the land Northward & the land southward & it came to pass that the Nephites had inhabited the land bountiful even from the east unto the west Sea & thus the Nephites in their wisdom with their guards & their armies had hemed in the Lamanites on the South that thereby they should have no more possession on the north that they might not overrun the land northward therefore the Lamanites could have no more possessions only in the land of Nephi & the wilderness round about now this was wisdom in the Nephites as the Lamanites were an enemy to them they would not suffer their afflictions on every hand & also that they might have a country whither they might flee according to their desires & now I after having said this return again to the account of Aaron Omner & Himni & their brethren— ——
Alma, Chapter 14 [Alma 23–26]
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Behold now it came to pass that the king of the Lamanites sent a proclamation among all his people that they should not lay their hands on Ammon or Aaron or Omner or Himni nor neither of their brethren which should go forth preaching the word of God in whatsoever place they should be in any part of their land yea he sent a decree amomg them that they should not lay their hands on them to bind them [p. 230]
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