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

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in the borders of their possessions & caused them to erect fortifications that they might secure their armies & their people from the hands of their enemies & thus he cut off all the strong holds of the Lamanites in the east wilderness yea & also on the west fortifying the line between the Nephites & the Lamanites between the land of Zarahemla & the land of Nephi from the west sea running by the head of the River Sidon the Nephites possessing all the land Northward yea even all the land which was Not <​northward​> of the land Bountiful according to their pleasure thus Moroni with his armies which did increase daily because of the assureance of protection which his works did bring forth unto them therefore they did seek to cut off the strength & the power of the Lamanites from off the lands of their possessions that they should have no power upon the lands of their possessions & it came to pass that the Nephites began the foundation of a city & they called the name of the city Moroni & it was by the east Sea & it was on the South by the line of the possessions of the Lamanites & they also began a foundation for a city between the City of Moroni & the City of Aaron joining the borders of Aaron & Moroni & they called the name of the city or the land Nephihah & they also began in that same year to build many cities on the north one in a particular manner which they called Lehi which was in the north by the borders of the Sea shore & thus ended the twentieth year & in these prosperous Circumstances were the people of Nephi in the commencement of the twenty & first year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi & they did prosper excedingly & they became exceding rich yea & they did multiply & wax strong in the land & thus we see how merciful & Just are all the dealings of the Lord to the fulfilling of all his words unto the children of men yea we can behold that his words are verrified even at this time which he spake unto Lehi saying blessed art thou & thy children & they shall be blessed in as much as they <​shall​> keep my commandments they shall prosper in the land but remember in as much as they will not keep my commandments they shall be cut off from the presance of the Lord & we see that these promises have been verrified to the people of Nephi for it has been their quarelings & their contention yea their murderings & their plunderings their idoletry their whoredoms & their abominations which were among themselves which brought upon them their wars & their destructions & those who were faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord were delivered at all times whilst others <​thousands​> of their wicked brethren have been consigned to bondage or to perish by the sword or to dwindle in unbelief & mingle with the Lamanites but behold there never was a happier time among the Nephites since the day of Nephi than in the days of Moroni yea even at this time in the twenty & first year of the reign of the Judges & it came to pass that the twenty & second year of the reign of the Judges also ended in peace yea & also the twenty & third year & it came to pass that in the commencement of the twenty & fourth year [p. 295]
in the borders of their possessions & caused them to erect fortifications that they might secure their armies & their people from the hands of their enemies & thus he cut off all the strong holds of the Lamanites in the east wilderness yea & also on the west fortifying the line between the Nephites & the Lamanites between the land of Zarahemla & the land of Nephi from the west sea running by the head of the River Sidon the Nephites possessing all the land Northward yea even all the land which was northward of the land Bountiful according to their pleasure thus Moroni with his armies which did increase daily because of the assureance of protection which his works did bring forth unto them therefore they did seek to cut off the strength & the power of the Lamanites from off the lands of their possessions that they should have no power upon the lands of their possessions & it came to pass that the Nephites began the foundation of a city & they called the name of the city Moroni & it was by the east Sea & it was on the South by the line of the possessions of the Lamanites & they also began a foundation for a city between the City of Moroni & the City of Aaron joining the borders of Aaron & Moroni & they called the name of the city or the land Nephihah & they also began in that same year to build many cities on the north one in a particular manner which they called Lehi which was in the north by the borders of the Sea shore & thus ended the twentieth year & in these prosperous Circumstances were the people of Nephi in the commencement of the twenty & first year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi & they did prosper excedingly & they became exceding rich yea & they did multiply & wax strong in the land & thus we see how merciful & Just are all the dealings of the Lord to the fulfilling of all his words unto the children of men yea we can behold that his words are verrified even at this time which he spake unto Lehi saying blessed art thou & thy children & they shall be blessed in as much as they shall keep my commandments they shall prosper in the land but remember in as much as they will not keep my commandments they shall be cut off from the presance of the Lord & we see that these promises have been verrified to the people of Nephi for it has been their quarelings & their contention yea their murderings & their plunderings their idoletry their whoredoms & their abominations which were among themselves which brought upon them their wars & their destructions & those who were faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord were delivered at all times whilst thousands of their wicked brethren have been consigned to bondage or to perish by the sword or to dwindle in unbelief & mingle with the Lamanites but behold there never was a happier time among the Nephi since the day of Nephi than in the days of Moroni yea even at this time in the twenty & first year of the reign of the Judges & it came to pass that the twenty & second year of the reign of the Judges also ended in peace yea & also the twenty & third year & it came to pass that in the commencement of the twenty & fourth year [p. 295]
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