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

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King over the people of the Nephites & six hundred & nine years had passed away since Lehi left Jerusalem & nine years had passed away from the time which the sign was given which was spoken of by the prophets that Christ should come into the world now the Nephites began to reckon their time from this period which the sign was given or from the coming of Christ therefore nine years hd passed away & Nephi which was the father of Nephi which had the charge of the records did not return to the land of Zarahemla & could no where be found in all the land & it came to pass that the people did still remain in wickedness notwithstanding the much preaching & prophesying which was sent among them & thus passed away the tenth year also & they the eleventh year also passed away in iniquity & it came to pass in the thirteenth year there began to be wars & contention<​s​> throughout all the land & the Gadianton robbers had become so numerous & did slay so many of the people & did lay waste so many cities & did spread so much death & carnage throughout the land that it became expediant that all the people both the Nephites & the Lamanites should take up arms against them therefore all the Lamanites which had become converted unto the Lord did unite with their brethren the Nephites & were compelled for the safety of their lives & their women & their children to take up arms against those Gadianton robbers yea & also to maintain their rights & their privileges of their church & of their worship & their freedom & their liberty & it came to pass that before this thirteenth year had passed away the Nephites were threatened with utter destruction because of this war which had become exceding soar & it came to pass that those Lamanites which were <​had​> <​united​> with the Nephites were numbered among the Nephites & their curse was taken from them & their skin became white like unto the Nephites & their Young men & their Daughters became exceding fair & they were numbered among the Nephites & were called Nephites & thus ended the thirteenth year & it came to pass in the Commencenemt <​Commencement of​> the fourteenth <​year​> the war between the robbers & the people of Nephi did continue & did become exceding soar nevertheless the people of Nephi did gain some advantage of the robbers insomuch that they did drive them back out of their lands into the mountains & into their secret places & thus ended the fourteenth year & in the fifteenth year they did come forth again against the people of Nephi & because of the wickedness of the people of Nephi & their many contentions & dissensions the Gadianton robbers did gain many advantages over them & thus ended the fifteenth year & thus were the people in a state of many afflictions & the sword of destruction did hang over them insomuch that they were about to be smitten down by it & this because of their iniquity——
Third Nephi, Chapter 2 [3 Nephi 3–5]
Chapter—— [blank]—— And now it came to pass that in the sixteenth year from the coming of Christ Lachoneas the governor of the land received an Epistle from the leader & the governor of this band of robbers & these are the words which were written saying Lachoneas most noble & chief governor of the land behold I write this Epistle unto you & do give unto you exceding great praise because of your firmness & also the firmness of your people in maintaining that which ye suppose to be your right & [p. 366]
King over the people of the Nephites & six hundred & nine years had passed away since Lehi left Jerusalem & nine years had passed away from the time which the sign was given which was spoken of by the prophets that Christ should come into the world now the Nephites began to reckon their time from this period which the sign was given or from the coming of Christ therefore nine years hd passed away & Nephi which was the father of Nephi which had the charge of the records did not return to the land of Zarahemla & could no where be found in all the land & it came to pass that the people did still remain in wickedness notwithstanding the much preaching & prophesying which was sent among them & thus passed away the tenth year also & the eleventh year also passed away in iniquity & it came to pass in the thirteenth year there began to be wars & contentions throughout all the land & the Gadianton robbers had become so numerous & did slay so many of the people & did lay waste so many cities & did spread so much death & carnage throughout the land that it became expediant that all the people both the Nephites & the Lamanites should take up arms against them therefore all the Lamanites which had become converted unto the Lord did unite with their brethren the Nephites & were compelled for the safety of their lives & their women & their children to take up arms against those Gadianton robbers yea & also to maintain their rights & their privileges of their church & of their worship & their freedom & their liberty & it came to pass that before this thirteenth year had passed away the Nephites were threatened with utter destruction because of this war which had become exceding soar & it came to pass that those Lamanites which had united with the Nephites were numbered among the Nephites & their curse was taken from them & their skin became white like unto the Nephites & their Young men & their Daughters became exceding fair & they were numbered among the Nephites & were called Nephites & thus ended the thirteenth year & it came to pass in the Commencement of the fourteenth year the war between the robbers & the people of Nephi did continue & did become exceding soar nevertheless the people of Nephi did gain some advantage of the robbers insomuch that they did drive them back out of their lands into the mountains & into their secret places & thus ended the fourteenth year & in the fifteenth year they did come forth again against the people of Nephi & because of the wickedness of the people of Nephi & their many contentions & dissensions the Gadianton robbers did gain many advantages over them & thus ended the fifteenth year & thus were the people in a state of many afflictions & the sword of destruction did hang over them insomuch that they were about to be smitten down by it & this because of their iniquity——
Third Nephi, Chapter 2 [3 Nephi 3–5]
Chapter—— [blank]—— And now it came to pass that in the sixteenth year from the coming of Christ Lachoneas the governor of the land received an Epistle from the leader & the governor of this band of robbers & these are the words which were written saying Lachoneas most noble & chief governor of the land behold I write this Epistle unto you & do give unto you exceding great praise because of your firmness & also the firmness of your people in maintaining that which ye suppose to be your right & [p. 366]
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