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

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into a covenant that they would not take their weapons of war to defend themselves against their enemies therefore they did assemble themselves together at this time as many as were able to take up arms & they called themselves Nephites & they entered into a covenant to fight for the liberty of the Nephites yea to protect the land to <unto> the laying down of their lives yea even they covenanted that they never would give up their liberty but they would fight in all cases to protect the Nephites & themselves from bondage now behold there were two thousand of those young <men> which entered into this covenant & took their weapons of war to defend their country now behold as they never had hitherto been a disadvantage to the Nephites they became now at this time of time also a great support for they took their weapons of war & they would that Helaman should be their leader & they were all young men & they were exceding valiant for courage & also for strength & activity but behold this was not all they were men which were true all at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted yea they were men of truth & soberness for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God & to walk uprightly before him & now it came to pass that Helaman did march at the head of his two thousand stripling Soul Soldiers to the support of the people in the borders of the land on the South by the west Sea & thus ended the twenty & eighth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi .&c.
Alma, Chapter 25 [Alma 54–55]
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And now it came to pass in the twenty & ninth year <year> of the Judges that Ammoron sent unto Moroni desireing that he would exchange prisoners & it came to pass that Moroni felt to rejoice excedingly at this request for he desired the provisions which was imparted for the Support of the Lamanites prisoners for the support of his own people & he also desired disered his own people for the strengthening of hi <his> own army now the Lamanites had taken many women & children & there was not a woman nor a child among all the prisoners of the Nephites Moroni or the prisoners which Moroni had taken therefore Moroni resolved upon a stratigem to obtain as many prisoners of the Nephites from the Lamanites as it were possible therefore he wrote an Epistle & sent it by the servant of Ammoron the same who had brought an Epistle to Moroni now these are the words which he wrote unto Ammoron saying behohold Ammoron I have wrote unto you som <somewhat> concerning this war which ye have wedged against my people or rather which thy Brother hath wedged against them & which ye are still determined to carry on after his death behold I would tell you something concerning the justice of God & the sword of his Almyghty wrath which doth hang over you except ye repent & withdraw your armies into your own lands or the lands of your possessions which is the land of Nephi yea I would tell you these things if ye were capible of trear <harkening> unto them yea I would tell you concerning that awful Hell whic <that> awaits to receive such murderers as thou & thy brother hath been except ye repent & with [p. 305]
into a covenant that they would not take their weapons of war to defend themselves against their enemies therefore they did assemble themselves together at this time as many as were able to take up arms & they called themselves Nephites & they entered into a covenant to fight for the liberty of the Nephites yea to protect the land unto the laying down of their lives yea even they covenanted that they never would give up their liberty but they would fight in all cases to protect the Nephites & themselves from bondage now behold there were two thousand of those young men which entered into this covenant & took their weapons of war to defend their country now behold as they never had hitherto been a disadvantage to the Nephites they became now at this time of time also a great support for they took their weapons of war & they would that Helaman should be their leader & they were all young men & they were exceding valiant for courage & also for strength & activity but behold this was not all they were men which were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted yea they were men of truth & soberness for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God & to walk uprightly before him & now it came to pass that Helaman did march at the head of his two thousand stripling Soldiers to the support of the people in the borders of the land on the South by the west Sea & thus ended the twenty & eighth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi .&c.
Alma, Chapter 25 [Alma 54–55]
Chapter [blank]
And now it came to pass in the twenty & ninth year of the Judges that Ammoron sent unto Moroni desireing that he would exchange prisoners & it came to pass that Moroni felt to rejoice excedingly at this request for he desired the provisions which was imparted for the Support of the Lamanite prisoners for the support of his own people & he also desired his own people for the strengthening of his army now the Lamanites had taken many women & children & there was not a woman nor a child among all the prisoners of Moroni or the prisoners which Moroni had taken therefore Moroni resolved upon a stratigem to obtain as many prisoners of the Nephites from the Lamanites as it were possible therefore he wrote an Epistle & sent it by the servant of Ammoron the same who had brought an Epistle to Moroni now these are the words which he wrote unto Ammoron saying behohold Ammoron I have wrote unto you somewhat concerning this war which ye have wedged against my people or rather which thy Brother hath wedged against them & which ye are still determined to carry on after his death behold I would tell you something concerning the justice of God & the sword of his Almyghty wrath which doth hang over you except ye repent & withdraw your armies into your own lands or the lands of your possessions which is the land of Nephi yea I would tell you these things if ye were capible of harkening unto them yea I would tell you concerning that awful Hell that awaits to receive such murderers as thou & thy brother hath been except ye repent & with [p. 305]
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