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

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ording to the Law which has been given us by Mosiah our last King & they have been acknowledged by this people therefore this people must abide by the Law, & it came to pass that they took him, & his name was Nehor & they carried him upon the top of the hill Manti & there he was caused or rather did Acknowledge between the Heavens & the Earth that what he had taught to the people was contrary to the word of God & there he suffered an ignominious Death, Nevertheless this did not put an end to the spreading of Priestcraft through the land for there wee was many whch loved the vain things of the world & they went forth preaching false Doctrines & this they did for the sake of riches & honor Nevertheless they durst not lie if it were known for fear of the Law, for Lyars were punished, therefore they pretended to preach according to their belief & they now the Law could have no power on any man for their belief & they durst not steal for fear of the Law for such were punished neither durst they Rob nor murder for he that Murdereth was punished unto death, But it came to pass that whosoever did not belong to the Church of God began to persecute those that did belong to the church of God & had taken upon them the name of Christ yea they did persecute them & afflict them with all manner of words & this because of their humility because they were not proud in their own eyes & because they did impart the word of God one with another without Money & without price. Now there was a strict Law among the people of the church that there should not any man belonging to the Church arise & persecute those that did not belong to the Church & that there should be no persecution among themselves, Neverless there were many among them who began to be proud And began to contend warmly with their adversaries even unto blows Yea they would smite one another with their fists, now this was in the second Year of the Reign of Alma & it was a cause of much affliction to the Church Yea it was the cause of much trial with the Church for the hearts of many were hardened & their names were blotted out that they were remembered no more among the people of God, and also many withdrew themselves from among them, now this was a great trial to those that did stand fast in the in the faith, Nevertheless the were stedfast & immovable in keeping the commandments of God & they bore with patience the persecution which was heaped upon them & when their Priests left their labour to impart the word of God unto the people the people also left their labours to hear the word of God & when the priest had imparted unto them the word of God they all returned again diligently unto their labors & the priest not esteeming himself above [p. 171]
ording to the Law which has been given us by Mosiah our last King & they have been acknowledged by this people therefore this people must abide by the Law, & it came to pass that they took him, & his name was Nehor & they carried him upon the top of the hill Manti & there he was caused or rather did Acknowledge between the Heavens & the Earth that what he had taught to the people was contrary to the word of God & there he suffered an ignominious Death, Nevertheless this did not put an end to the spreading of Priestcraft through the land for there was many whch loved the vain things of the world & they went forth preaching false Doctrines & this they did for the sake of riches & honor Nevertheless they durst not lie if it were known for fear of the Law, for Lyars were punished, therefore they pretended to preach according to their belief & now the Law could have no power on any man for their belief & they durst not steal for fear of the Law for such were punished neither durst they Rob nor murder for he that Murdereth was punished unto death, But it came to pass that whosoever did not belong to the Church of God began to persecute those that did belong to the church of God & had taken upon them the name of Christ yea they did persecute them & afflict them with all manner of words & this because of their humility because they were not proud in their own eyes & because they did impart the word of God one with another without Money & without price. Now there was a strict Law among the people of the church that there should not any man belonging to the Church arise & persecute those that did not belong to the Church & that there should be no persecution among themselves, Neverless there were many among them who began to be proud And began to contend warmly with their adversaries even unto blows Yea they would smite one another with their fists, now this was in the second Year of the Reign of Alma & it was a cause of much affliction to the Church Yea it was the cause of much trial with the Church for the hearts of many were hardened & their names were blotted out that they were remembered no more among the people of God, and also many withdrew themselves from among them, now this was a great trial to those that did stand fast in the faith, Nevertheless the were stedfast & immovable in keeping the commandments of God & they bore with patience the persecution which was heaped upon them & when their Priests left their labour to impart the word of God unto the people the people also left their labours to hear the word of God & when the priest had imparted unto them the word of God they all returned again diligently unto their labors & the priest not esteeming himself above [p. 171]
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