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

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mitted against them & Ammon sayeth I will go & enquire of the Lord & if he sayeth unto us go down unto our brethren will ye go & the king sayeth unto him yea if the Lord sayeth unto us go we will go down unto our brethren & we will be their slaves until we repair unto them the many murders & sins which we have committed against them but Ammon sayeth unto him it is against the law of our brethren which was established by my father that there should be any slaves among them therefore let us go down & rely upon the mercies of our brethren but the king saith unto him inquire of the Lord & if he sayeth unto us go we will go otherwise we will perish in the land & it came to pass that Ammon went & inquired of the Lord & the Lord said unto him let get this people out of this land that they perish not for satan hath great hold on the hearts of the Amalekites which do stir up the Lamanites to anger against their brethren to slay them therefore get thee out of this land & blessed art this people in this generation for I will preserve them & now it came to pass that Ammon went & told the king all the words which the Lord had said unto him & it came to pass that they gathered together all their people yea all the people of the Lord & did gather together all their flocks & herds & departed out of the land & it came to pass <​into the​> wilderness which divided the land of Nephi from the land of Zarahemla & came over near the borders of the land & it came to pass that Ammon sayeth unto them behold I & my brethren will go forth into the land of <​of Zarahemla &​> ye shall remain here until we return & we will try the hearts of our brethren whether they will <​that ye shall​> come into their land & it came to pass that as Ammon was going forth into the land that he & his brethren met Alma over in the place of which has been spoken & behold this was a joyful meeting now the joy of Ammon was so great even that he was full yea he was swallowed up in the joy of his God even to the exhausting of his strength & he fell again to the earth now was not this exceding joy behold this is joy which none receiveth save it be the truly penitant & humble seeker of happiness now the <​joy​> of Alma in meeting his brethren was truly great & also the joy of Aaron of Omner & Himni but behold their joy was not that to excede their strength & now it came to pass that Alma conducted his brethren back to the land of Zarahemla even to his own house & it came to pass that they went & told the chief Judge all the things which had happened unto them in the land of Nephi among their brethren the Lamanites & it came to pass that the chief Judge sent a proclamation throughout all the land desireing the voice of the people concerning the admitting their brethren which were the people of AntiNephiLehi & it came to pass that the people came saying behold we will give up the land of Jershon which is on the east by the Sea which joins the land bountiful which is on the South of the land bountiful & this land Jershon is the land which we will give <​unto​> our brethren for an inheritance & [p. 241]
mitted against them & Ammon sayeth I will go & enquire of the Lord & if he sayeth unto us go down unto our brethren will ye go & the king sayeth unto him yea if the Lord sayeth unto us go we will go down unto our brethren & we will be their slaves until we repair unto them the many murders & sins which we have committed against them but Ammon sayeth unto him it is against the law of our brethren which was established by my father that there should be any slaves among them therefore let us go down & rely upon the mercies of our brethren but the king saith unto him inquire of the Lord & if he sayeth unto us go we will go otherwise we will perish in the land & it came to pass that Ammon went & inquired of the Lord & the Lord said unto him get this people out of this land that they perish not for satan hath great hold on the hearts of the Amalekites which do stir up the Lamanites to anger against their brethren to slay them therefore get thee out of this land & blessed art this people in this generation for I will preserve them & now it came to pass that Ammon went & told the king all the words which the Lord had said unto him & it came to pass that they gathered together all their people yea all the people of the Lord & did gather together all their flocks & herds & departed out of the land & came into the wilderness which divided the land of Nephi from the land of Zarahemla & came over near the borders of the land & it came to pass that Ammon sayeth unto them behold I & my brethren will go forth into the land of Zarahemla & ye shall remain here until we return & we will try the hearts of our brethren whether they will that ye shall come into their land & it came to pass that as Ammon was going forth into the land that he & his brethren met Alma over in the place of which has been spoken & behold this was a joyful meeting now the joy of Ammon was so great even that he was full yea he was swallowed up in the joy of his God even to the exhausting of his strength & he fell again to the earth now was not this exceding joy behold this is joy which none receiveth save it be the truly penitant & humble seeker of happiness now the joy of Alma in meeting his brethren was truly great & also the joy of Aaron of Omner & Himni but behold their joy was not that to excede their strength & now it came to pass that Alma conducted his brethren back to the land of Zarahemla even to his own house & it came to pass that they went & told the chief Judge all the things which had happened unto them in the land of Nephi among their brethren the Lamanites & it came to pass that the chief Judge sent a proclamation throughout all the land desireing the voice of the people concerning the admitting their brethren which were the people of AntiNephiLehi & it came to pass that the people came saying behold we will give up the land of Jershon which is on the east by the Sea which joins the land bountiful which is on the South of the land bountiful & this land Jershon is the land which we will give unto our brethren for an inheritance & [p. 241]
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