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

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the commandments of God & did turn unto their own ways & did build up unto themselves Idols of <​their​> gold & of <​their​> Silver & it came to pass that all these iniquities did come unto them in the space of not many years insomuch that the <​a​> more part of it had come unto them in the sixty & seventh year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi & they did grow in their iniquities in the sixty & eighth year also to the great sorrow & lamentation of the righteous & thus we see that the Nephites did begin to dwindle in unbelief & grow in wickedness & abominations while the Lamanites began to grow excedingly in the knowledge of their God yea they did begin to keep his statutes & commandments & to walk in truth & uprightness before him & thus we see that the spirit of the Lord began to withdraw from the Nephites because of the wickedness & the hardness of their hearts & thus we see that the Lord began to pour out his spirit upon the Lamanites because of their easiness & willingness to believe in his word & it came to pass that the Lamanites did hunt the band of robbers of Gadianton & they did preach the word of God among the more wicked part of them insomuch that this band of robbers was utterly destroyed from among the Lamanites & it came to pass on the other hand that the Nephites did build them up & support them beginning at the more wicked part of them until they had overspread all the land of the Nephites & had suduced <​seduced​> the more part of the righteous until they had come down to believe in their works & partake of their spoils & to join with them in their secret murders & combinations & thus they did obtain the sole management of the goverment insomuch that they did trample under their feet & smite & rend & turn their backs upon the poor & the meek & humble followers of God & thus we see that they were in an awful state & ripening for an everlasting destruction & it came to pass that thus ended the sixty & eighth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi——
Helaman, Chapter 3 [Helaman 7–10]
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The prophecy of Nephi the Son of Helaman
God threatens the people of Nephi that he will visit them in his anger to their utter destruction except they repent of their wickedness— God smiteth the people of Nephi with pestilence— they repent & turm unto him— Samuel a Lamanite prophesies unto the Nephites—— Behold now it came to pass in the sixty & ninth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of <​the​> Nepites that Nephi the Son of Helaman returned to the land of Zarahemla from the land Northward for he had been forth among the people which was in the land Northward & did preach the word of God unto them & did prophesy many things unto them & they did reject all his words insomuch that he could not stay among them but returned again unto the land of his nativity & seeing the people in a state of such awful wickedness & those Gadianton robbers filling the Judgmentseats having usurped the power & authority of the land laying aside [p. 344]
the commandments of God & did turn unto their own ways & did build up unto themselves Idols of their gold & their Silver & it came to pass that all these iniquities did come unto them in the space of not many years insomuch that a more part of it had come unto them in the sixty & seventh year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi & they did grow in their iniquities in the sixty & eighth year also to the great sorrow & lamentation of the righteous & thus we see that the Nephites did begin to dwindle in unbelief & grow in wickedness & abominations while the Lamanites began to grow excedingly in the knowledge of their God yea they did begin to keep his statutes & commandments & to walk in truth & uprightness before him & thus we see that the spirit of the Lord began to withdraw from the Nephites because of the wickedness & the hardness of their hearts & thus we see that the Lord began to pour out his spirit upon the Lamanites because of their easiness & willingness to believe in his word & it came to pass that the Lamanites did hunt the band of robbers of Gadianton & they did preach the word of God among the more wicked part of them insomuch that this band of robbers was utterly destroyed from among the Lamanites & it came to pass on the other hand that the Nephites did build them up & support them beginning at the more wicked part of them until they had overspread all the land of the Nephites & had seduced the more part of the righteous until they had come down to believe in their works & partake of their spoils & to join with them in their secret murders & combinations & thus they did obtain the sole management of the goverment insomuch that they did trample under their feet & smite & rend & turn their backs upon the poor & the meek & humble followers of God & thus we see that they were in an awful state & ripening for an everlasting destruction & it came to pass that thus ended the sixty & eighth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi——
Helaman, Chapter 3 [Helaman 7–10]
Chapter [blank]
The prophecy of Nephi the Son of Helaman
God threatens the people of Nephi that he will visit them in his anger to their utter destruction except they repent of their wickedness— God smiteth the people of Nephi with pestilence— they repent & turm unto him— Samuel a Lamanite prophesies unto the Nephites—— Behold now it came to pass in the sixty & ninth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of the Nepites that Nephi the Son of Helaman returned to the land of Zarahemla from the land Northward for he had been forth among the people which was in the land Northward & did preach the word of God unto them & did prophesy many things unto them & they did reject all his words insomuch that he could not stay among them but returned again unto the land of his nativity & seeing the people in a state of such awful wickedness & those Gadianton robbers filling the Judgmentseats having usurped the power & authority of the land laying aside [p. 344]
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