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

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witness of their sincerity because of their love towards their brethren & also towards us for behold they had rather sacrifise their lives than even to take the life of their enemy & they have buried their weopons of war deep in the earth because of their love towards their brethren & now behold I say unto you has their ther <​been​> so great love in all the land behold I say unto you nay there has not even among the Nephites for behold they would take up arms against their brethren they would not suffer themselves to be slain but behold how many of these have laid down their lives & we know & they have gone to their God because of their love & of their hatred to sin now have we not reason to rejoice yea I say unto you there never was men that had so great reason to rejoice as we since the world began yea & my joy is carried away even unto boasting in my God for he has all power all wisdom & all understanding he comprehendeth all things & he is a merciful being even unto salvation to those who will repent & believe on his name now if this is boasting even so will I boast for this is my life & my light my joy & my salvation & my redemption from everlasting wo yea blessed is the mame of my God who hath been mindful of this people which are a branch of the tree of Israel & hath been lost from its body in a strange land yea I say blessed be the name of my God who hath been mindful of us wanderers in a strange land now my brethren we see that God is mindful of every people in whatsoever land they may be in yea he numbereth his people & his bowels of mercy is over all the earth now this is my joy & my great thanks giving yea & I will give thanks unto my God forever Amen——
Alma, Chapter 15 [Alma 27–29]
Chapter [blank] Now it came to pass that when the Lamanites which had gone to war against the Nephites had found after their many struggles <​for​> to destroy them that it was in vain to seek their destruction they returned again to the land of Nephi & it came to pass that the Amalekites because of their loss were exceding angry & when they saw that they could not seek revenge from the Nephites they began to stir up the people in anger against their brethren the people of AntiNephiLehi therefore they began again to destroy them now this people again refused to take their arms & they suffered themselves to be slain according to the desires of their enemies now when Ammon & his brethren saw this work of destruction among those who they so dearly beloved & among those who had so dearly beloved them for they were treated as tho they were the <​Angels​> sent from God to save them from everlasting destruction therefore when Ammon & his brethren saw this great work of destruction they were moved with compassion & they said unto the king let us gather together this people of the Lord & let us go down to the land of Zarahemla to our brethren the Nephites & flee out of the hands of our enemies that we be not destroyed but the king sayeth unto them behold the Nephites will destroy us because of the many murders & sins we have com [p. 240]
witness of their sincerity because of their love towards their brethren & also towards us for behold they had rather sacrifise their lives than even to take the life of their enemy & they have buried their weopons of war deep in the earth because of their love towards their brethren & now behold I say unto you has their been so great love in all the land behold I say unto you nay there has not even among the Nephites for behold they would take up arms against their brethren they would not suffer themselves to be slain but behold how many of these have laid down their lives & we know & they have gone to their God because of their love & of their hatred to sin now have we not reason to rejoice yea I say unto you there never was men that had so great reason to rejoice as we since the world began yea & my joy is carried away even unto boasting in my God for he has all power all wisdom & all understanding he comprehendeth all things & he is a merciful being even unto salvation to those who will repent & believe on his name now if this is boasting even so will I boast for this is my life & my light my joy & my salvation & my redemption from everlasting wo yea blessed is the mame of my God who hath been mindful of this people which are a branch of the tree of Israel & hath been lost from its body in a strange land yea I say blessed be the name of my God who hath been mindful of us wanderers in a strange land now my brethren we see that God is mindful of every people in whatsoever land they may be in yea he numbereth his people & his bowels of mercy is over all the earth now this is my joy & my great thanks giving yea & I will give thanks unto my God forever Amen——
Alma, Chapter 15 [Alma 27–29]
Chapter [blank] Now it came to pass that when the Lamanites which had gone to war against the Nephites had found after their many struggles for to destroy them that it was in vain to seek their destruction they returned again to the land of Nephi & it came to pass that the Amalekites because of their loss were exceding angry & when they saw that they could not seek revenge from the Nephites they began to stir up the people in anger against their brethren the people of AntiNephiLehi therefore they began again to destroy them now this people again refused to take their arms & they suffered themselves to be slain according to the desires of their enemies now when Ammon & his brethren saw this work of destruction among those who they so dearly beloved & among those who had so dearly beloved them for they were treated as tho they were Angels sent from God to save them from everlasting destruction therefore when Ammon & his brethren saw this great work of destruction they were moved with compassion & they said unto the king let us gather together this people of the Lord & let us go down to the land of Zarahemla to our brethren the Nephites & flee out of the hands of our enemies that we be not destroyed but the king sayeth unto them behold the Nephites will destroy us because of the many murders & sins we have com [p. 240]
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