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

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of the People did wax strong & became exceeding more numerous than were the People of God & they did still continue to build up Churches to themselves & adorn them with all manner of precous things & thus did two hundred selves & fifty years pass away & also two hundread & sixty years & it came to pass that the wicked part of the People began again to build up the secret ouths & combinations of Gaddiaton & also the people which were called the people of Nephi began to proud in their hearts because of their exceeding riches & became vain like unto their brethren the Lamanites & from this time the Disciples began to sorrow for the Sins of the world & it came to pass that <when three> hundred years had passed away both the People of Nephi & the Lamanites had become exceeding wicked one like unto an other & it came to pass that the Robbrs of Gaddianton did spread over all the face of the Land & there were none thot were righteous save it were the Disciples of Jesus, and Gold & silver did they lay up in store in abundance & did traffick in all manner of traffick & it came to pass that after three hundred & five years did had passed away & the people did still remain in wikedness & Amos died & his Brothe Ammoron did keep the Record in his stead & it came to pass that when three hundred & twenty years had passed away Ammoron being constrained by the Holy Ghost did hide up the records which were sacred yea even all the sacred records shich had been handed down from Generation to Generation which were Sacred even until the three hundred & twentieth year from the comeing of Christ & did hide them up unto the Lord that they might come again unto the remnant of the House of Israel <Jacob> according to the Prophesies & the promises of the Lord & thus is the end of the records of Ammoron
Mormon, Chapter 1 [Mormon 1–3]
Chapter— I And now I Mormon make a record of the things which I have both seen & heard & call it the Book of Mormon—— And abot the time that Ammoron hid up the records unto the Lord he came unto me I being about ten years of age & I began to be learned somewhat after the manner of the learning of my People & Ammoron sayth unto me I perceive that thou art a sober Child & art quick to observe therefore when ye are about twenty & four years old I would that ye should remembr the things that ye have observed concerning this People & when ye are of that age go to the land of Antum unto a hill which shall be called Shim & there have I deposited unto the Lord all the sacred engraveings concerning this People & behold ye shall take the plates of Nephi unto yourself & the remainder shall ye leave in the place where they are & ye shall engrave upon the Plates of Nephi all the things that ye have observed concerning this People & I Mormon being a descendant of Nephi & my Fathers name was Mormon & I remembred the things which Ammoron Commanded me & it came to pass [p. 413]
of the People did wax strong & became exceeding more numerous than were the People of God & they did still continue to build up Churches to themselves & adorn them with all manner of precous things & thus did two hundred & fifty years pass away & also two hundread & sixty years & it came to pass that the wicked part of the People began again to build up the secret ouths & combinations of Gaddiaton & also the people which were called the people of Nephi began to proud in their hearts because of their exceeding riches & became vain like unto their brethren the Lamanites & from this time the Disciples began to sorrow for the Sins of the world & it came to pass that when three hundred years had passed away both the People of Nephi & the Lamanites had become exceeding wicked one like unto an other & it came to pass that the Robbrs of Gaddianton did spread over all the face of the Land & there were none thot were righteous save it were the Disciples of Jesus, and Gold & silver did they lay up in store in abundance & did traffick in all manner of traffick & it came to pass that after three hundred & five years had passed away & the people did still remain in wikedness & Amos died & his Brothe Ammoron did keep the Record in his stead & it came to pass that when three hundred & twenty years had passed away Ammoron being constrained by the Holy Ghost did hide up the records which were sacred yea even all the sacred records shich had been handed down from Generation to Generation which were Sacred even until the three hundred & twentieth year from the comeing of Christ & did hide them up unto the Lord that they might come again unto the remnant of the House of Jacob according to the Prophesies & the promises of the Lord & thus is the end of the record of Ammoron
Mormon, Chapter 1 [Mormon 1–3]
Chapter— I And now I Mormon make a record of the things which I have both seen & heard & call it the Book of Mormon—— And abot the time that Ammoron hid up the records unto the Lord he came unto me I being about ten years of age & I began to be learned somewhat after the manner of the learning of my People & Ammoron sayth unto me I perceive that thou art a sober Child & art quick to observe therefore when ye are about twenty & four years old I would that ye should remembr the things that ye have observed concerning this People & when ye are of that age go to the land of Antum unto a hill which shall be called Shim & there have I deposited unto the Lord all the sacred engraveings concerning this People & behold ye shall take the plates of Nephi unto yourself & the remainder shall ye leave in the place where they are & ye shall engrave upon the Plates of Nephi all the things that ye have observed concerning this People & I Mormon being a descendant of Nephi & my Fathers name was Mormon & I remembred the things which Ammoron Commanded me & it came to pass [p. 413]
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