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

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the King being in the borders of the land having been infested by times or at seasons by wild beasts now there was in Mormon a fountain of pure water & Alma resorted thither there being near the water a thicket of small trees where he did hide himself in the daytime from the searches of the King & it came to pass that as many as believed him went forth thither to hear his words & it came to pass after many day there were a goodly number gathered together to the place of Mormon to hear the words of Alma yea all were gathered together that believed on on his word to hear him & he did teach them & did preach unto them repentance & redemption & faith on the Lord & it came to pass that he said unto them behold here is the water of Mormon for thus were they called & now as ye are desireous to come into the fold of God & to be called his People & are willing to bear one anothers burdens that they may be light yea & are willing to mourn with those that mourn yea & comfort those that stand in need of comfort & to stand as witnesses of God at all times & in all things & in all places that ye may be in even untill death that ye may be redeemed of God & be numbered with those of the first resurrection that ye may have eternal life now I say unto you if this be the desire of your hearts what have you against being Baptised in the name of the Lord as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him that ye will serve him & keep his commandments that he may pour out his spirit more abundantly upon you & now when the People had heard these words they claped their hands for Joy & exclaimed this is the desires of our hearts & now it came to pass that Alma took Helaman he being one of the first & went & stood forth in the water & cried saying O Lord pour out thy spirit upon thy servant that he may do this work with holiness of heart & when he had said these words the spirit of the Lord was upon him & he said Helaman I baptise the<​e​> having from the Almighty God as a testimony that ye have entered into a covenant to serve him untill you are dead as to the Mortal body & may the spirit of the Lord be poured out upon you & may he grant unto you eternal life throug the redemption of Christ which he hath prepared from the foundation of the world & after Alma had said these words both Alma & Helaman was buried in the water & they arose & came forth out of the water rejoiceing being filled with the spirit & again Alma took another & went forth a second time into the water & baptised him according to the first only he did not bury himself again in the water & after this manner he did baptise every one that went forth to the place of Mormon & they were in number about two hundred & four souls & they were baptised in the waters of Mormon & were filled with the grace of God & they were filled called the church of God or the church of Christ from that time forward & it came to pass that who soever was baptised by the power & authority of God they was add <​aded​> to his church & it came to pass that Alma having authority from God ordained Priests <​even one priest​> to every fifty of their number did he ordain to preach unto them & to teach them concerning the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God & he com [p. 145]
the King being in the borders of the land having been infested by times or at seasons by wild beasts now there was in Mormon a fountain of pure water & Alma resorted thither there being near the water a thicket of small trees where he did hide himself in the daytime from the searches of the King & it came to pass that as many as believed him went thither to hear his words & it came to pass after many day there were a goodly number gathered together to the place of Mormon to hear the words of Alma yea all were gathered together that believed on his word to hear him & he did teach them & did preach unto them repentance & redemption & faith on the Lord & it came to pass that he said unto them behold here is the water of Mormon for thus were they called & now as ye are desireous to come into the fold of God & to be called his People & are willing to bear one anothers burdens that they may be light yea & are willing to mourn with those that mourn yea & comfort those that stand in need of comfort & to stand as witnesses of God at all times & in all things & in all places that ye may be in even untill death that ye may be redeemed of God & be numbered with those of the first resurrection that ye may have eternal life now I say unto you if this be the desire of your hearts what have you against being Baptised in the name of the Lord as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him that ye will serve him & keep his commandments that he may pour out his spirit more abundantly upon you & now when the People had heard these words they claped their hands for Joy & exclaimed this is the desires of our hearts & now it came to pass that Alma took Helaman he being one of the first & went & stood forth in the water & cried saying O Lord pour out thy spirit upon thy servant that he may do this work with holiness of heart & when he had said these words the spirit of the Lord was upon him & he said Helam I baptise thee having from the Almighty God as a testimony that ye have entered into a covenant to serve him untill you are dead as to the Mortal body & may the spirit of the Lord be poured out upon you & may he grant unto you eternal life throug the redemption of Christ which he hath prepared from the foundation of the world & after Alma had said these words both Alma & Helam was buried in the water & they arose & came forth out of the water rejoiceing being filled with the spirit & again Alma took another & went forth a second time into the water & baptised him according to the first only he did not bury himself again in the water & after this manner he did baptise every one that went forth to the place of Mormon & they were in number about two hundred & four souls & they were baptised in the waters of Mormon & were filled with the grace of God & they were called the church of God or the church of Christ from that time forward & it came to pass that who soever was baptised by the power & authority of God they was aded to his church & it came to pass that Alma having authority from God ordained Priests even one priest to every fifty of their number did he ordain to preach unto them & to teach them concerning the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God & he com [p. 145]
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