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

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that I am yet alive & am permited to speak & I will endeavor to speak with boldness for I am asured that if ye had known me ye would not have suffered that I should have wore these bands for I am Ammon & am a decendant of Zarahemla & have come up out of the land of Zarahemla to enquire concerning our Brethren whch Zeniff brought up out of that land & now it came to pass that after Limhi had heard the words of Ammon he was exceding glad & said now I know of a surety that my Brethren which was in the land of Zarahemla are yet alive & now I will rejoice & on the morrow I will cause that my People shall rejoice also for behold we are in bondage to the Lamanites & are taxed with a tax which is grievious to be bourn & now behold our Brethren will deliver us out of our bondage or out of the hands of the Lamanites & we will be their slaves for it is better that we be slaves to the Nephites then to pay tribute to the king of the Lamanites & now King Limhi commanded his guards that they should no more bind Ammon nor his Brethren but caused that they should go to the hill which was North of the Shilom & bring their Brethren into the city that thereby they might eat & dring & rest themselves from the labours of their journey for they had suffered many things they had suffered hungar thirst & fateague & now it came to pass on the morrow that king Limhi sent a proclamation among all his People that thereby they might gather themselves together to the temple to hear the words which he should speak unto them & it came to pass that when they had gathered themselves together that he spake unto them in this wise saying O <​ye​> my People lift up your heads & be comforted for behold the time is at hand or is not far distant when we shall no longer be in subjection to our enemies notwithstanding our many struggl <​struglings​> which have been in vain yet I trust there remaineth an effectual struggle to be made therefore lift up your heads & rejoice & put your trust in God in that God who was the God of Abraham & Isaac & Jacob & also that God who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt & caused that they should walk through the red Sea on dry ground & fed them with Manna that they might not perish in the wilderness & many more things did he do for them & again that same God hath brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem & hath kept & preserved his People even untill now & behold it is because of our iniquities & abominations that has brought us into bondage & ye all are witnesses this day that Zenith who was made king over this People he being over zealous to inherit the land of his fathers therefore being deceived by the cunning & craftiness of King Laman who having entered into a treaty with King Zeniff & haveing yielded up into his hands the possessions of a part of the land or even the city of LehiNephi & the city of Shilom & the land round about & all this he done for the sole purpose of bringing this People into subjection or into bondage & behold we at this time do pay tribute to the king of the Lamanites to the amount of one half of our corn & our barly & even all our grain of every kind & one half of the increase of our flocks & our herds & even one half of all we have or [p. 129]
that I am yet alive & am permited to speak & I will endeavor to speak with boldness for I am asured that if ye had known me ye would not have suffered that I should have wore these bands for I am Ammon & am a decendant of Zarahemla & have come up out of the land of Zarahemla to enquire concerning our Brethren whch Zeniff brought up out of that land & now it came to pass that after Limhi had heard the words of Ammon he was exceding glad & said now I know of a surety that my Brethren which was in the land of Zarahemla are yet alive & now I will rejoice & on the morrow I will cause that my People shall rejoice also for behold we are in bondage to the Lamanites & are taxed with a tax which is grievious to be bourn & now behold our Brethren will deliver us out of our bondage or out of the hands of the Lamanites & we will be their slaves for it is better that we be slaves to the Nephites then to pay tribute to the king of the Lamanites & now King Limhi commanded his guards that they should no more bind Ammon nor his Brethren but caused that they should go to the hill which was North of Shilom & bring their Brethren into the city that thereby they might eat & dring & rest themselves from the labours of their journey for they had suffered many things they had suffered hungar thirst & fateague & now it came to pass on the morrow that king Limhi sent a proclamation among all his People that thereby they might gather themselves together to the temple to hear the words which he should speak unto them & it came to pass that when they had gathered themselves together that he spake unto them in this wise saying O ye my People lift up your heads & be comforted for behold the time is at hand or is not far distant when we shall no longer be in subjection to our enemies notwithstanding our many struglings which have been in vain yet I trust there remaineth an effectual struggle to be made therefore lift up your heads & rejoice & put your trust in God in that God who was the God of Abraham & Isaac & Jacob & also that God who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt & caused that they should walk through the red Sea on dry ground & fed them with Manna that they might not perish in the wilderness & many more things did he do for them & again that same God hath brought our fathers out of the land of Jerusalem & hath kept & preserved his People even untill now & behold it is because of our iniquities & abominations that has brought us into bondage & ye all are witnesses this day that Zenith who was made king over this People he being over zealous to inherit the land of his fathers therefore being deceived by the cunning & craftiness of King Laman who having entered into a treaty with King Zeniff & haveing yielded up into his hands the possessions of a part of the land or even the city of LehiNephi & the city of Shilom & the land round about & all this he done for the sole purpose of bringing this People into subjection or into bondage & behold we at this time do pay tribute to the king of the Lamanites to the amount of one half of our corn & our barly & even all our grain of every kind & one half of the increase of our flocks & our herds & even one half of all we have or [p. 129]
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