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

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the faith which is in us & we will take possession of the City of Zarahemla that we may obtain more food to send forth unto Lehi & Teancum yea we will go forth against them in the strength of the Lord & we will put an end to this great iniquity & now Moroni I do joy in receiving your Epistle for I was somewhat worried concerning what we should do whether it should be just in us to go against our brethren but ye have said except they repent the Lord hath commanded you that ye should go against them see that ye strengthen Lehi & Teancum in the Lord tell them to fear not for God will deliver them yea & also all those who stand fast in that liberty where with God hath made them free & now I close mine Epistle to my beloved brother Moroni——
Alma, Chapter 29 [Alma 62]
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And now it came to pass that when Moroni had received this Epistle his heart did take courage & was filled with exceding <great> joy because of the faithfulness of Pahoron that he was not also a traitor to the freedom & cause of his country but he did also mourn excedingly because of the iniquity of those who had driven Pahoron from the Judgmentseat yea in fine because of those who had rebelled against their country & also their God & it came to pass that Moroni took a small number of men according to the desire of Pahoron & gave Lehi & Teancum command orer <over> the remainder of his army & took his march towards the land of Gideon & he did raise the standard of liberty in whatsoever place he did enter & gained whatsoever force he could in all his march towards the land of Gideon & it came to pass that <that> thousands did flock unto his standard & did take up their swords in the defence of their freedom that they might not come into bong <bondage> & thus when Moroni had gathered together whatsoever men he could in all his march he came to the land of Gideon & uniting his forces with that of Pahorons they became exceding strong even <stronger> than the men of Pachus which was the King of those dissenters which had driven out the freemen out of the land of Zarahemla & had taken possession of the land & it came to pass that Moroni & Pahoron went down with their armies into the land of Zarahemla & were went forth against the city & did meet the men of Pachus insomuch that they did come to battle & behold Pachus was slain & his men were taken prisoners & Pahoron was restored to his Judgmentseat & the men of Pachus received their trial according to the law & also those Kingmen which had been taken & cast into prison & they were executed according to the law yea those men of Pachus & those Kingmen whosoever would not take up arms in <the> defence of their country but would fight against it were put to death & thus it became expediant that this law should be strictly observed [p. 325]
the faith which is in us & we will take possession of the City of Zarahemla that we may obtain more food to send forth unto Lehi & Teancum yea we will go forth against them in the strength of the Lord & we will put an end to this great iniquity & now Moroni I do joy in receiving your Epistle for I was somewhat worried concerning what we should do whether it should be just in us to go against our brethren but ye have said except they repent the Lord hath commanded you that ye should go against them see that ye strengthen Lehi & Teancum in the Lord tell them to fear not for God will deliver them yea & also all those who stand fast in that liberty where with God hath made them free & now I close mine Epistle to my beloved brother Moroni——
Alma, Chapter 29 [Alma 62]
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And now it came to pass that when Moroni had received this Epistle his heart did take courage & was filled with exceding great joy because of the faithfulness of Pahoron that he was not also a traitor to the freedom & cause of his country but he did also mourn excedingly because of the iniquity of those who had driven Pahoron from the Judgmentseat yea in fine because of those who had rebelled against their country & also their God & it came to pass that Moroni took a small number of men according to the desire of Pahoron & gave Lehi & Teancum command over the remainder of his army & took his march towards the land of Gideon & he did raise the standard of liberty in whatsoever place he did enter & gained whatsoever force he could in all his march towards the land of Gideon & it came to pass that thousands did flock unto his standard & did take up their swords in the defence of their freedom that they might not come into bondage & thus when Moroni had gathered together whatsoever men he could in all his march he came to the land of Gideon & uniting his forces with that of Pahorons they became exceding strong even stronger than the men of Pachus which was the King of those dissenters which had driven out the freemen out of the land of Zarahemla & had taken possession of the land & it came to pass that Moroni & Pahoron went down with their armies into the land of Zarahemla & went forth against the city & did meet the men of Pachus insomuch that they did come to battle & behold Pachus was slain & his men were taken prisoners & Pahoron was restored to his Judgmentseat & the men of Pachus received their trial according to the law & also those Kingmen which had been taken & cast into prison & they were executed according to the law yea those men of Pachus & those Kingmen whosoever would not take up arms in the defence of their country but would fight against it were put to death & thus it became expediant that this law should be strictly observed [p. 325]
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