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

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the people of Morianton brought back & upon their covenanting to keep the peace they were restored to the land of Morianton & a union took place between them & the people of Lehi & they were also restored to their lands & it came to pass that in the same year that the people of Nephi had peace restored unto them that Nephihah the second Chief Judge died having filled the Judgmentseat with perfect uprightness before God nevertheless he had refused Alma to take possession of those records & those things which were esteemed by Alma & his fathers to be most sacred therefore Alma had confered them upon his Son Helaman behold it came to pass that the Son of Nephihah was appointed to fill the Judgmentseat in the stead of his father yea he was appointed Chief Judge & Governor over the people with an oath & sacred <​sacred​> ordinance to Judge righteously & to keep the peace & the freedom of the people & to grant unto them their sacred privileges to worship the Lord their God yea to support & maintain the cause of God all his days & to bring the wicked to Justice according to their crime now behold his name was Pahoran & Pahoran did fill the seat of his father & did commence his reign in the end of the twenty & fourth year over the people of Nephi——
Alma, Chapter 23 [Alma 51]
Chapter XXIII—— And now it came to pass in the twenty & fifth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi they having established peace between the people of Lehi & the people of Morianton concerning their lands & having commenced the twenty & fifth year in peace nevertheless they did not long maintain an entire peace in the land for there began to be a contension among the people concerning the chief Judge Pahoran for behold there were a part of the people which desired that a few particular points of the law should be altered but behold Pahoran would not alter nor suffer the law to be altered therefore he did not hearken to those who had sent in their voices with their petitions concerning the altering of the law therefore those which were desireous that the law should be altered were angry with him & desired that he should no longer be chief Judge over the land therefore there arose a warm dispute concerning the matter but not unto bloodshed & it came to pass that those who were desireous that Pahoran should be dethroned from the Judgment <​seat​> were called King men for they were desireous that the law should be altered in a manner to overthrow the free goverment & to establish a king over the land & those who were desireous that Pahoran should remain chief Judge over the land tookupon them the name of Free men & thus was the division among them for the Free Men had sworn or covenanted to maintain their rights & their priviliges of their religion by a free goverment & it came to pass that this matter of their contention was setteled by the voice of the people & it came to pass that the voice of the people came in the favour of the Free men & Pahoran retained the Judgmentseat which caused much rejoicing among the brethren of Pahoran & also [p. 297]
the people of Morianton brought back & upon their covenanting to keep the peace they were restored to the land of Morianton & a union took place between them & the people of Lehi & they were also restored to their lands & it came to pass that in the same year that the people of Nephi had peace restored unto them that Nephihah the second Chief Judge died having filled the Judgmentseat with perfect uprightness before God nevertheless he had refused Alma to take possession of those records & those things which were esteemed by Alma & his fathers to be most sacred therefore Alma had confered them upon his Son Helaman behold it came to pass that the Son of Nephihah was appointed to fill the Judgmentseat in the stead of his father yea he was appointed Chief Judge & Governor over the people with an oath & sacred ordinance to Judge righteously & to keep the peace & the freedom of the people & to grant unto them their sacred privileges to worship the Lord their God yea to support & maintain the cause of God all his days & to bring the wicked to Justice according to their crime now behold his name was Pahoran & Pahoran did fill the seat of his father & did commence his reign in the end of the twenty & fourth year over the people of Nephi——
Alma, Chapter 23 [Alma 51]
Chapter XXIII—— And now it came to pass in the twenty & fifth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi they having established peace between the people of Lehi & the people of Morianton concerning their lands & having commenced the twenty & fifth year in peace nevertheless they did not long maintain an entire peace in the land for there began to be a contension among the people concerning the chief Judge Pahoran for behold there were a part of the people which desired that a few particular points of the law should be altered but behold Pahoran would not alter nor suffer the law to be altered therefore he did not hearken to those who had sent in their voices with their petitions concerning the altering of the law therefore those which were desireous that the law should be altered were angry with him & desired that he should no longer be chief Judge over the land therefore there arose a warm dispute concerning the matter but not unto bloodshed & it came to pass that those who were desireous that Pahoran should be dethroned from the Judgment seat were called King men for they were desireous that the law should be altered in a manner to overthrow the free goverment & to establish a king over the land & those who were desireous that Pahoran should remain chief Judge over the land tookupon them the name of Free men & thus was the division among them for the Free Men had sworn or covenanted to maintain their rights & the priviliges of their religion by a free goverment & it came to pass that this matter of their contention was setteled by the voice of the people & it came to pass that the voice of the people came in the favour of the Free men & Pahoran retained the Judgmentseat which caused much rejoicing among the brethren of Pahoran & also [p. 297]
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