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

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notwithstanding the weakness of our armies yea & deliver us out of the hands of our enemies behold this is the twenty & ninth year & in the latter end & we are in the possession of our land<s> & the Lamanites have fled to the land of Nephi & those Sons of the people of Ammon of which I have so highly spoken are with with me in the city of Manti & the Lord hath supported them yea & kept them from falling by by the sword insomuch that even one soul hath not been slain but behold they have received many wounds nevertheless they stand fast in that liberty wherewith God hath made them free & they are strict to remember the Lord their God from day to day yea they do observe to keep his statutes & his Judgments & his commandments continually & their faith is strong in the prophecies concerning that which is to come & now my beloved Brother Moroni that the Lord our God who hath redeemed us & made us free may keep you continually in his presance yea & that he may favour this people even that ye may have success in obtaining the possession of all that which the Lamanites hath taken from us which was for our support & now behold I close mine Epistle I am the Helaman the Son of Alma——
Alma, Chapter 27 [Alma 59–60]
—— Chapter [blank] Now it came to pass in the thirtyeth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi after Moroni had receivd & had read Helaman’s Epistle he was excedingly rejoiced because of the wellfare yea the exceding success which Helaman had had in obtainig those lands which were lost yea & he did make it known unto all his people in all the land round round about in that part where he was that they might rejoice also & it came to pass that he immediately sent an Epistle to Pahoran desireing that he should cause men to be gathered together to strengthen Helaman or the armies of Helaman insomuch that he might with ease maintain that part of the land which he had been so miraculously prospered in retaining & it came to pass when Moroni had sent this Epistle to the land of Zarahemla he began again to lay a plan that he might obtain the remainder of those possessions & cities which <which> the Lamanites had taken from them & it came to pass that while Moroni was thus making preperations to go against the Lamanites to battle behold the people of Nephihah which were gathered together from the city of Moroni & the city of Lehi & the city of Morionton were attackted by the Lamanites yea even those which had been compelled to flee from the land of Manti & <from> the land round about had came over & joined the Lamanites in this part of the land & thus being exceding numerous yea & receiving strength from day to day by the command of Ammoron they came forth against the people of Nephihah & they [p. 319]
notwithstanding the weakness of our armies yea & deliver us out of the hands of our enemies behold this is the twenty & ninth year in the latter end & we are in the possession of our lands & the Lamanites have fled to the land of Nephi & those Sons of the people of Ammon of which I have so highly spoken are with me in the city of Manti & the Lord hath supported them yea & kept them from falling by the sword insomuch that even one soul hath not been slain but behold they have received many wounds nevertheless they stand fast in that liberty wherewith God hath made them free & they are strict to remember the Lord their God from day to day yea they do observe to keep his statutes & his Judgments & his commandments continually & their faith is strong in the prophecies concerning that which is to come & now my beloved Brother Moroni that the Lord our God who hath redeemed us & made us free may keep you continually in his presance yea & that he may favour this people even that ye may have success in obtaining the possession of all that which the Lamanites hath taken from us which was for our support & now behold I close mine Epistle I am Helaman the Son of Alma——
Alma, Chapter 27 [Alma 59–60]
—— Chapter [blank] Now it came to pass in the thirtyeth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi after Moroni had receivd & had read Helaman’s Epistle he was excedingly rejoiced because of the wellfare yea the exceding success which Helaman had had in obtainig those lands which were lost yea & he did make it known unto all his people in all the land round about in that part where he was that they might rejoice also & it came to pass that he immediately sent an Epistle to Pahoran desireing that he should cause men to be gathered together to strengthen Helaman or the armies of Helaman insomuch that he might with ease maintain that part of the land which he had been so miraculously prospered in retaining & it came to pass when Moroni had sent this Epistle to the land of Zarahemla he began again to lay a plan that he might obtain the remainder of those possessions & cities which the Lamanites had taken from them & it came to pass that while Moroni was thus making preperations to go against the Lamanites to battle behold the people of Nephihah which were gathered together from the city of Moroni & the city of Lehi & the city of Morionton were attackted by the Lamanites yea even those which had been compelled to flee from the land of Manti & from the land round about had came over & joined the Lamanites in this part of the land & thus being exceding numerous yea & receiving strength from day to day by the command of Ammoron they came forth against the people of Nephihah & they [p. 319]
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