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

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because of their exceeding Riches, & their fine silks & their fine twined linnen, & because of their many flocks & herds & their Gold & their Silver & all manner of precious things which they had obtained by their Industry & in all these things were they lifted up in the Pride of their eyes for they began to wear very Costly Apparel. now this was the cause of much affliction to Alma yea And to many of the People which Alma had consecrated to be teachers & Priests And Elders over the church. yea many of them were sorely grieved for the wickedness which they saw had begun to be among their People for they saw & beheld with great sorrow that the People of the church began to be lifted up in the pride of their Eyes & to set their hearts upon riches & upon the vain things of the world that they began to be scornful one towards another & they began to persecute those that did not believe according to their own will And pleasure. & thus in this Eighth Year of the Reign of the Judges there began to be great Contentions among the <​People of the​> church, yea there was envyings & strifes & malice And Persecutions & pride even to exceed the pride of those who did not belong to the Church of God, and thus ended the Eighth year of the Reign of the Judges, and the wickedness of the church was a great stumbling block to those who did not belong to the church, & thus the church began to fail in its progress, And it came to pass in the commencement of the Ninth Year Alma seeing the wickedness of the church. & also that the Example of the Church began to lead those who were unbelievers on from one piece of iniquity to another thus bringing on the destruction of the People yea seeing great unequality among the People, some lifting themselves up with their pride dispising others turning their backs upon the needy & th naked & those which were hungry & those which were athirst & those which were sick & afflicted, now this was a great cause for lamentations among the People while others were abaseing themselves succoring those who stood in need of their succor such as imparting their substance to the poor & the needy feeding the hungry & suffering all manner of afflictions for Christs sake which should come according to the spirit of Prophecy looking forward to that day thus retaineing a remission of their sins being filled with great joy because of the resurrection of the dead according to the will & power and deliverance of Jesus Christ from the pains of death. And now it come to pass that Alma having seen the afflictions of the humble followers of God. & the persecutions which was heaped upon them by the remainder of his People & seeing all their unequality h began to be very sorrowful Nevertheless the spirit of the Lord did not fail him and he selected a wise man which was among the Elder of the Church and gave him power according to the voice of the people that he might [p. 178]
because of their exceeding Riches, & their fine silks & their fine twined linnen, & because of their many flocks & herds & their Gold & their Silver & all manner of precious things which they had obtained by their Industry & in all these things were they lifted up in the Pride of their eyes for they began to wear very Costly Apparel. now this was the cause of much affliction to Alma yea And to many of the People which Alma had consecrated to be teachers & Priests And Elders over the church. yea many of them were sorely grieved for the wickedness which they saw had begun to be among their People for they saw & beheld with great sorrow that the People of the church began to be lifted up in the pride of their Eyes & to set their hearts upon riches & upon the vain things of the world that they began to be scornful one towards another & they began to persecute those that did not believe according to their own will And pleasure. & thus in this Eighth Year of the Reign of the Judges there began to be great Contentions among the People of the church, yea there was envyings & strifes & malice And Persecutions & pride even to exceed the pride of those who did not belong to the Church of God, and thus ended the Eighth year of the Reign of the Judges, and the wickedness of the church was a great stumbling block to those who did not belong to the church, & thus the church began to fail in its progress, And it came to pass in the commencement of the Ninth Year Alma seeing the wickedness of the church. & also that the Example of the Church began to lead those who were unbelievers on from one piece of iniquity to another thus bringing on the destruction of the People yea seeing great unequality among the People, some lifting themselves up with their pride dispising others turning their backs upon the needy & th naked & those which were hungry & those which were athirst & those which were sick & afflicted, now this was a great cause for lamentations among the People while others were abaseing themselves succoring those who stood in need of their succor such as imparting their substance to the poor & the needy feeding the hungry & suffering all manner of afflictions for Christs sake which should come according to the spirit of Prophecy looking forward to that day thus retaineing a remission of their sins being filled with great joy because of the resurrection of the dead according to the will & power and deliverance of Jesus Christ from the pains of death. And now it come to pass that Alma having seen the afflictions of the humble followers of God. & the persecutions which was heaped upon them by the remainder of his People & seeing all their unequality h began to be very sorrowful Nevertheless the spirit of the Lord did not fail him and he selected a wise man which was among the Elder of the Church and gave him power according to the voice of the people that he might [p. 178]
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