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

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manded them that they should teach nothing save it were the things which he had taught & which had been spoken by the mouth of the holy Prophets yea even he commanded them that they should Preach nothing save it were repentance & faith on the Lord who hath redeemed his People & he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another but that they should look forward with one eye having one faith & one baptism having their hearts knit together in unity & in love one towards another & thus he commandeth them to preach & thus they became the children of God & he commanded them that they should observe the sabbath day & keep it holy & also every day they should give thanks to the Lord their God & he also commanded them that the Priests which he had ordained should labour with their own hands for their support & there was one day in every week that was set apart that they should gather themselves together to teach the People & to worship the Lord their God & also as often as it was in their power to assemble themselves together & the Priests was not to depend upon the People for their support but for their labour they were to receive the grace of God that they might wax strong in the spirit having the knowledge of God that they might teach with power & authority from God & again Alma commanded that the People of the Church should impart of their substance every one according to that which he hath if he have more abundantly he should impart more abundantly & he that hath but little but little should be required & to him that hath not should be given & thus they should impart of their substance of their own free will & good desires towards God & this he said unto them having been commanded of God & they did walk uprightly before God imparting to one another both temporally & spiritually according to their needs & their wants & now it came to pass that all this was done in Mormon yea by the waters of Mormon in the forest that was near the waters of Mormon yea the place of Mormon the waters of Mormon the forest of Mormon how beautiful are they to the eyes of them who there came to the knowledge of their redeemer yea & how blessed are they for they shall sing to his pa praise forever & these things were done in the borders of the land that they might not come to the knowledge of the king but behold it came to pass that the king discovered a movement among the People sent his servants to watch them therefore on the day that they were assembleing themselves together to hear the word of the Lord they were discoveres <​discovered​> unto the King & now the king saith that Alma was a stiring up the People to a rebellion against him therefore he sent his army to destroy them And it came to pass that Alma & the People of the Lord were apprised of the coming of the Kings army therefore they took their tents & their families & departed into the wilderness <​& they were in number about four hundred & fifty souls​> And it came to pass that the Kings army of the King returned having searched in vain for the People of the Lord And now behold the forces of the King were small having been reduced & there began & there began to be a division among the remainder of the People & the lesser part began to breath out threatning against [p. 146]
manded them that they should teach nothing save it were the things which he had taught & which had been spoken by the mouth of the holy Prophets yea even he commanded them that they should Preach nothing save it were repentance & faith on the Lord who hath redeemed his People & he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another but that they should look forward with one eye having one faith & one baptism having their hearts knit together in unity & in love one towards another & thus he commandeth them to preach & thus they became the children of God & he commanded them that they should observe the sabbath day & keep it holy & also every day they should give thanks to the Lord their God & he also commanded them that the Priests which he had ordained should labour with their own hands for their support & there was one day in every week that was set apart that they should gather themselves together to teach the People & to worship the Lord their God & also as often as it was in their power to assemble themselves together & the Priests was not to depend upon the People for their support but for their labour they were to receive the grace of God that they might wax strong in the spirit having the knowledge of God that they might teach with power & authority from God & again Alma commanded that the People of the Church should impart of their substance every one according to that which he hath if he have more abundantly he should impart more abundantly & he that hath but little but little should be required & to him that hath not should be given & thus they should impart of their substance of their own free will & good desires towards God & this he said unto them having been commanded of God & they did walk uprightly before God imparting to one another both temporally & spiritually according to their needs & their wants & now it came to pass that all this was done in Mormon yea by the waters of Mormon in the forest that was near the waters of Mormon yea the place of Mormon the waters of Mormon the forest of Mormon how beautiful are they to the eyes of them who there came to the knowledge of their redeemer yea & how blessed are they for they shall sing to his praise forever & these things were done in the borders of the land that they might not come to the knowledge of the king but behold it came to pass that the king discovered a movement among the People sent his servants to watch them therefore on the day that they were assembleing themselves together to hear the word of the Lord they were discovered unto the King & now the king saith that Alma was a stiring up the People to a rebellion against him therefore he sent his army to destroy them And it came to pass that Alma & the People of the Lord were apprised of the coming of the Kings army therefore they took their tents & their families & departed into the wilderness & they were in number about four hundred & fifty souls And it came to pass that the army of the King returned having searched in vain for the People of the Lord And now behold the forces of the King were small having been reduced & there began to be a division among the remainder of the People & the lesser part began to breath out threatning against [p. 146]
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