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

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except that they preached the <​word​> & the truth according to the spirit of prophecy & revelation & they preached after the Holy order of God by which they were called & now I return to an account of the wars between the Nephites & the Lamanites in the eighteenth year of the reign of the Judges for behold it came that the Zoramites became Lamanites therefore in the commencement of the eighteenth year the people of the Nephites saw that the Lamanites were coming upon them therefore they made preperations for war yea they gathered together their armies in the land of Jershon & it came to pass that the Lamanites came with their thousands & they came into the land of Antionam which was the land of the Zoramites & a man by the name of Zerahemnah was their leader & now as the Amalekites were of a more wicked & a murderous disposition than the Lamanites were in & of themselves therefore Zerahemnah appointed chief captains over the Lamanites & they were all the Amalekites & the Zoramites now this he doe that he might preserve their hatred towards the Nephites that he might bring them into subjection to the accomplishment of his designs for behold his designs were to stir up the Lamanites to anger against the Nepites & this he don that he might usep <​usurp​> great power over them & also that he might gain power over the Nephites by bringing them into bondage .&c. & now the design of the Nephites were to support their lands & their houses & their wives & their children that they might preserve them from the hands of their enemies & also that they might preserve their rights & their privileges yea & also their liberty that they might worship God according to their desires for they knew that if they should fall into the hands of the Lamanites that whosoever should worship God in spirit & in truth the true & the living God the Lamanites would destroy yea & they also knew the extreme hatred of the Lamanites towards their brethren which were the people of AntiNephiLehi which were called the people of Ammon & they would not take up arms yea they had entered into a covenant & they <​would not​> brake it therefore if they should fall into the hands of the Lamanites they would be destroyed & the Nephites would not suffer that they should be destroyed therefore they gave them lands for their inheritance & the people of Ammon did give unto the Nephites a large portion of their substance to support their armies & thus the Nephites were compelled alone to withstand against the Lamanites which were a compound of Laman & Lemuel & the Sons of Ishmael & all those which had desented from the Nephites which were Amalekites & Zoramites & the desendants of the priests of Noah now those desendants were as numerous <​nearly​> as were the Nephetes & thus the Nephites were oblidged to contend with their brethren even unto blood shed & it came to pass as the armies of the Lamanites had gathered together in the land of Antionum behold the armies of the Nephites were prepared to meet them in the land of Jershon now the leader of the Nephites or the man which had [p. 275]
except that they preached the word & the truth according to the spirit of prophecy & revelation & they preached after the Holy order of God by which they were called & now I return to an account of the wars between the Nephites & the Lamanites in the eighteenth year of the reign of the Judges for behold it came that the Zoramites became Lamanites therefore in the commencement of the eighteenth year the people of the Nephites saw that the Lamanites were coming upon them therefore they made preperations for war yea they gathered together their armies in the land of Jershon & it came to pass that the Lamanites came with their thousands & they came into the land of Antionam which was the land of the Zoramites & a man by the name of Zerahemnah was their leader & now as the Amalekites were of a more wicked & a murderous disposition than the Lamanites were in & of themselves therefore Zerahemnah appointed chief captains over the Lamanites & they were all the Amalekites & the Zoramites now this he doe that he might preserve their hatred towards the Nephites that he might bring them into subjection to the accomplishment of his designs for behold his designs were to stir up the Lamanites to anger against the Nepites & this he don that he might usurp great power over them & also that he might gain power over the Nephites by bringing them into bondage .&c. & now the design of the Nephites were to support their lands & their houses & their wives & their children that they might preserve them from the hands of their enemies & also that they might preserve their rights & their privileges yea & also their liberty that they might worship God according to their desires for they knew that if they should fall into the hands of the Lamanites that whosoever should worship God in spirit & in truth the true & the living God the Lamanites would destroy yea & they also knew the extreme hatred of the Lamanites towards their brethren which were the people of AntiNephiLehi which were called the people of Ammon & they would not take up arms yea they had entered into a covenant & they would not brake it therefore if they should fall into the hands of the Lamanites they would be destroyed & the Nephites would not suffer that they should be destroyed therefore they gave them lands for their inheritance & the people of Ammon did give unto the Nephites a large portion of their substance to support their armies & thus the Nephites were compelled alone to withstand against the Lamanites which were a compound of Laman & Lemuel & the Sons of Ishmael & all those which had desented from the Nephites which were Amalekites & Zoramites & the desendants of the priests of Noah now those desendants were as numerous nearly as were the Nephetes & thus the Nephites were oblidged to contend with their brethren even unto blood shed & it came to pass as the armies of the Lamanites had gathered together in the land of Antionum behold the armies of the Nephites were prepared to meet them in the land of Jershon now the leader of the Nephites or the man which had [p. 275]
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