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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page 170
image
therefore they were obleiged to abide by the Laws which he had made. And It came to pass that in the first Year of the Reign of Alma in the Judgment seat, there was as man brought before him to be Judged a man which was large & was noted for his much strength & he had gone about among the people Preaching to them that which he termed to be the word of God, bearing down against the Enem Church declareing unto the people that every Priest & teacher had aught to become popular & they aught not to labar with their own hands but that they had aught to be supported by the people And he also testified unto the people that all mankind should be saved at the last day & that they need not fear nor tremble but that they might lift up their heads & rejoice for the Lord had created all men & had also redeemed all men & in the end all men should have Eternal Life, And it came to pass that he did teach these things so much that many did believe on his words even so many that they began to support him & give him Money & he began to be lifted up in the pride of of his heart & to wear very Costly Apparel Yea & even began to establish a Church after the manner of his Preaching. And it came to pass as he was going to preach to those who believeed on his word he met a man which belonged to the Church of God, Yea even one of their teachers & he began to contend with him sharply that he might lead away the people of the Church, but the man withstood him, admonishing him with the words of God. Now the name of the man was Gideon & it was him that was an instrument in the hands of God in delivering the people of Limhi out of bondage now because Gideon withstood him with the words of God, he was wroth with Gideon & drew his sword & began to smite him, now Gideon being stricken with many Years therefore he was not Able to withstand his blows therefore he was Slain by the sword & the man who slew him was taken by the people of the Church & was brought before Alma to be Judged according to the crime which he had committed, & it came to pass that he stood before Alma & pled for himself with much boldness, but Alma said unto him behold this is the first time that Priestcraft has been Introduced among this people & behold thou art not only guilty of Priestcraft but Endeavered to enforce it by the sword & were priestcraft to be enforced among this people it would prove their entire destruction, and thou hast shed the blood of a Righteous man Yea a man which has done much good among this people & were we to spare thee his blood would come upon us for Vengonce, therefore thou art condemned to die acc [p. 170]
therefore they were obleiged to abide by the Laws which he had made. And It came to pass that in the first Year of the Reign of Alma in the Judgment seat, there was a man brought before him to be Judged a man which was large & was noted for his much strength & he had gone about among the people Preaching to them that which he termed to be the word of God, bearing down against the Church declareing unto the people that every Priest & teacher had aught to become popular & they aught not to labar with their own hands but that they had aught to be supported by the people And he also testified unto the people that all mankind should be saved at the last day & that they need not fear nor tremble but that they might lift up their heads & rejoice for the Lord had created all men & had also redeemed all men & in the end all men should have Eternal Life, And it came to pass that he did teach these things so much that many did believe on his words even so many that they began to support him & give him Money & he began to be lifted up in the pride of of his heart & to wear very Costly Apparel Yea & even began to establish a Church after the manner of his Preaching. And it came to pass as he was going to preach to those who believeed on his word he met a man which belonged to the Church of God, Yea even one of their teachers & he began to contend with him sharply that he might lead away the people of the Church, but the man withstood him, admonishing him with the words of God. Now the name of the man was Gideon & it was him that was an instrument in the hands of God in delivering the people of Limhi out of bondage now because Gideon withstood him with the words of God, he was wroth with Gideon & drew his sword & began to smite him, now Gideon being stricken with many Years therefore he was not Able to withstand his blows therefore he was Slain by the sword & the man who slew him was taken by the people of the Church & was brought before Alma to be Judged according to the crime which he had committed, & it came to pass that he stood before Alma & pled for himself with much boldness, but Alma said unto him behold this is the first time that Priestcraft has been Introduced among this people & behold thou art not only guilty of Priestcraft but Endeavered to enforce it by the sword & were priestcraft to be enforced among this people it would prove their entire destruction, and thou hast shed the blood of a Righteous man Yea a man which has done much good among this people & were we to spare thee his blood would come upon us for Vengonce, therefore thou art condemned to die acc [p. 170]
Page 170