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

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to the holy order of God by which he had been called and he bgan to teach people throughout all the land of Melek and it came to pass that the people came to him all the borders of the land which was by the wildrness side and it came to pass that they were Baptised, throughout all the land so that when he had finished his work at Melek he departed thence & traveled three days journey on the north of the land of Melek and he came to a City which was called Ammonidah, now it was the custom of the people of Nephi to call their Lands and their Cities and their viliages yea even all their small viliages after the name of him who first possesed them and thus it was with the land of Ammonidah and it came to pass that when Alma had came to the City of Ammonidah he began to peach the word of God unto them, now satan had got great hold upon the hearts of the people of the city of Ammonidah therefore they would not hearken unto the words of Alma nevertheless Alma labored much in the spirit wrestling with God in mighty power prayer that he would pour out his spirit upon the people which was in the city that he would also grant that he might Baptise them unto repentance nevertheless they hardened their hearts saying unto him behold we know that thou art Alma and we know that thou <​art​> high Preist over the Church which thou hast established in many parts of the land according to your tradition and we are not of thy Church we know that thou hast no power over us and we do not believe in such foolish traditions and now we know that because we are not of thy church we know that thou hast no power over us and thou hast delivered up the Judgment seat unto Nephiah therefore thou art not the Chief Judge over us now When the people had said this and had withstood all his words and reviled him & spit upon him and cursed that he should be cast of out of their City and he departed thence and took his journey towards the City which was Called Aaron, and it came to pass that while he was journeying thither being weighed down with sorrow wading through much tribulation and anguish of soul because of the wickedness of the people wh◊◊h was in the City of Ammonidah and it came to pass that while Alma was thus wighed down with sorrow Behold an Angel of the Lord appeared unto him saying Blessed art thou Alma therefore lift up thy head and rejoice for thou hast great cause to rejoice for thou hast been faithful in keeping the commandments of God from the time which thou received thy first message from him behold I am he that delivered it unto thee and behold I am sent to command thee that thou return to the City of Ammonidah and preach again unto the people of the City yea preach unto them yea [p. 188]
to the holy order of God by which he had been called and he bgan to teach people throughout all the land of Melek and it came to pass that the people came to him all the borders of the land which was by the wildrness side and it came to pass that they were Baptised, throughout all the land so that when he had finished his work at Melek he departed thence & traveled three days journey on the north of the land of Melek and he came to a City which was called Ammonidah, now it was the custom of the people of Nephi to call their Lands and their Cities and their viliages yea even all their small viliages after the name of him who first possesed them and thus it was with the land of Ammonidah and it came to pass that when Alma had came to the City of Ammonidah he began to peach the word of God unto them, now satan had got great hold upon the hearts of the people of the city of Ammonidah therefore they would not hearken unto the words of Alma nevertheless Alma labored much in the spirit wrestling with God in mighty prayer that he would pour out his spirit upon the people which was in the city that he would also grant that he might Baptise them unto repentance nevertheless they hardened their hearts saying unto him behold we know that thou art Alma and we know that thou art high Preist over the Church which thou hast established in many parts of the land according to your tradition and we are not of thy Church we know that thou hast no power over us and we do not believe in such foolish traditions and now we know that because we are not of thy church we know that thou hast no power over us and thou hast delivered up the Judgment seat unto Nephiah therefore thou art not the Chief Judge over us now When the people had said this and had withstood all his words and reviled him & spit upon him and cursed that he should be cast out of their City and he departed thence and took his journey towards the City which was Called Aaron, and it came to pass that while he was journeying thither being weighed down with sorrow wading through much tribulation and anguish of soul because of the wickedness of the people whh was in the City of Ammonidah and it came to pass that while Alma was thus wighed down with sorrow Behold an Angel of the Lord appeared unto him saying Blessed art thou Alma therefore lift up thy head and rejoice for thou hast great cause to rejoice for thou hast been faithful in keeping the commandments of God from the time which thou received thy first message from him behold I am he that delivered it unto thee and behold I am sent to command thee that thou return to the City of Ammonidah and preach again unto the people of the City yea preach unto them yea [p. 188]
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