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

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his hearers for the preacher was no better than the hearer, neither was the Teacher Any better than the learner & thus they were all Equal, & they did all labour every man according to his strength & they did impart of their substance every man according to that which he had to the poor & the needy & the sick & the Afflicted & they did not wear Costly apparel yet they were neat & comely And this thus they did establish the affairs of the Church & thus they began to have continual peace again. notwithstanding all their persecutions, & now because of the steeadiness of the Church they began to exceeding rich having Abundance of all things whatsoever they stood in need, Abundance of Flocks & herds & fatlings of every kind & also abundance of Grain & of gold & of Silver & of precious things & abundance Silk & fine twined linen & all manner of good homely cloth, & thus in their prosperous circumstances they did not Send away which was naked that was hungry or that was athirst or that was sick or that had not been nourished & they did not set their hearts upon riches, therefore they were liberal to all both old & young both bond & free both Male & female whether out of the Church or in the Church having no respects to persons, as to those who stood in need and thus they did prosper & become far more wealthy than those who did not belong to their Church, for those who did not belong to their Church did Indulge themselves in sorceries & in Idolitry or Idleness & in bablings and in envyings & strife And wearing costly apparel being lifted up in the pride of their own eyes persecuting lying thieving robing commiting whoredoms & murdering & all mnner of wickedness. Nevertheless the Law was put in force upon all those who did transgress It in as much as it were possible, And it came to pass that by thus thus exercising the Law upon them every man suffering according to that which he had done they became more still & durst not commit any wickedness if it were Known therefore there was much Peace among the people of Nephi until the fifth year of the Reign of the Judges, And it came to pass in the Commencement of the fifth Year of their reign there began to be a contention among the people for a certain man being Called Amlici he being a very Cunning man Yea a wise man as to the wisdom of the world he being after the order of the man that slew Gideon by the sword who was executed according to the Law, Now this Amlici had by his Cunning drawn away much people after him even so much that they began to be very powerful & they began to endeavor Amlici to establish Amlici to be a King over the people now this was this alarming to the people of the Church and also to all those who [p. 172]
his hearers for the preacher was no better than the hearer, neither was the Teacher Any better than the learner & thus they were all Equal, & they did all labour every man according to his strength & they did impart of their substance every man according to that which he had to the poor & the needy & the sick & the Afflicted & they did not wear Costly apparel yet they were neat & comely And thus they did establish the affairs of the Church & thus they began to have continual peace again. notwithstanding all their persecutions, & now because of the steeadiness of the Church they began to exceeding rich having Abundance of all things whatsoever they stood in need, Abundance of Flocks & herds & fatlings of every kind & also abundance of Grain & of gold & of Silver & of precious things & abundance Silk & fine twined linen & all manner of good homely cloth, & thus in their prosperous circumstances they did not Send away which was naked that was hungry or that was athirst or that was sick or that had not been nourished & they did not set their hearts upon riches, therefore they were liberal to all both old & young both bond & free both Male & female whether out of the Church or in the Church having no respects to persons, as to those who stood in need and thus they did prosper & become far more wealthy than those who did not belong to their Church, for those who did not belong to their Church did Indulge themselves in sorceries & in Idolitry or Idleness & in bablings and in envyings & strife And wearing costly apparel being lifted up in the pride of their own eyes persecuting lying thieving robing commiting whoredoms & murdering & all mnner of wickedness. Nevertheless the Law was put in force upon all those who did transgress It in as much as it were possible, And it came to pass that by thus exercising the Law upon them every man suffering according to that which he had done they became more still & durst not commit any wickedness if it were Known therefore there was much Peace among the people of Nephi until the fifth year of the Reign of the Judges, And it came to pass in the Commencement of the fifth Year of their reign there began to be a contention among the people for a certain man being Called Amlici he being a very Cunning man Yea a wise man as to the wisdom of the world he being after the order of the man that slew Gideon by the sword who was executed according to the Law, Now this Amlici had by his Cunning drawn away much people after him even so much that they began to be very powerful & they began to endeavor to establish Amlici to be a King over the people now this was this alarming to the people of the Church and also to all those who [p. 172]
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