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

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& in this city they did guard the prisoners of the Lamanites yea even within a wall which they had caused them to build with their own hands now Moroni was compelled to cause the Lamanites to labour because it were easey <​easy​> to guard them while at their labour & he desired all his forces when he should make an attackt upon the Lamanites & it came to pass that Moroni had thus gained a victory over one of the greatest of the armies of the Lamanites & had obtainid possession of the city Mulek which was one of the strongest holds of the Lamanites in the land of Nephi & thus he had also builded <​built​> a strong hold to retain his prisoners & it came to pass that he did no more attempt a battle with the Lamanites in that year but he did employ his men in prepareing for war yea & in making fortifications to guard against the Lamanites yea & also delivering their women & their children from famine & affliction & providing food for their armies & now it came to pass that the armies of the Lamanites on the west Sea south while in the absence of Moroni on account of some intreague amongst the Nephites which caused dissensions amongst them had gained some ground over them Nephites yea insomuch that they had obtained possession of a number of their cities in that part of the land & thus because of iniquity amongst themselves yea because of dissensions & intreague among themselves they were placed in the most dangerous circumstances & now behold I have some what to say concerning the people of Ammon which in the beginning were Lamanites but by Ammon & his brethren or rather by the power & word of God they had been converted unto the Lord & they had been brought down into the land of Zarahemla & had ever since been protected by the Nephites & because of their oath they had been kept from taking up arms against their brethren for they had taken an oath that they never would shed blood more & according to their oath they would have perished yea they would have suffered themselves to have fallen into the hands of their brethren had it not been for the pity & the exceding love which Ammon & his brethren had had for them & for this cause they were brought down into the land of Zarahemla & they ever had been protected by the Nephites but it came to pass that when they saw the danger & the many afflictions & tribullations which the Nephites did <​bore​> for them they were moved with compassion & were desireous to take up arms in the defence of their country but behold as they were about to take their weapons of war they were overpowered by the persuasions of Helaman & his brethren for they were about to brake the oath which they had made & Helaman feared lest by so doing they should lose their souls therefore all those which had entered into this covenant were compelled to behold their brethren wade through their afflictions in their dangerous circumstances at this time but behold it came to pass they had many Sons which had not entered [p. 304]
& in this city they did guard the prisoners of the Lamanites yea even within a wall which they had caused them to build with their own hands now Moroni was compelled to cause the Lamanites to labour because it were easy to guard them while at their labour & he desired all his forces when he should make an attackt upon the Lamanites & it came to pass that Moroni had thus gained a victory over one of the greatest of the armies of the Lamanites & had obtainid possession of the city Mulek which was one of the strongest holds of the Lamanites in the land of Nephi & thus he had also built a strong hold to retain his prisoners & it came to pass that he did no more attempt a battle with the Lamanites in that year but he did employ his men in prepareing for war yea & in making fortifications to guard against the Lamanites yea & also delivering their women & their children from famine & affliction & providing food for their armies & now it came to pass that the armies of the Lamanites on the west Sea south while in the absence of Moroni on account of some intreague amongst the Nephites which caused dissensions amongst them had gained some ground over the Nephites yea insomuch that they had obtained possession of a number of their cities in that part of the land & thus because of iniquity amongst themselves yea because of dissensions & intreague among themselves they were placed in the most dangerous circumstances & now behold I have some what to say concerning the people of Ammon which in the beginning were Lamanites but by Ammon & his brethren or rather by the power & word of God they had been converted unto the Lord & they had been brought down into the land of Zarahemla & had ever since been protected by the Nephites & because of their oath they had been kept from taking up arms against their brethren for they had taken an oath that they never would shed blood more & according to their oath they would have perished yea they would have suffered themselves to have fallen into the hands of their brethren had it not been for the pity & the exceding love which Ammon & his brethren had had for them & for this cause they were brought down into the land of Zarahemla & they ever had been protected by the Nephites but it came to pass that when they saw the danger & the many afflictions & tribullations which the Nephites bore for them they were moved with compassion & were desireous to take up arms in the defence of their country but behold as they were about to take their weapons of war they were overpowered by the persuasions of Helaman & his brethren for they were about to brake the oath which they had made & Helaman feared lest by so doing they should lose their souls therefore all those which had entered into this covenant were compelled to behold their brethren wade through their afflictions in their dangerous circumstances at this time but behold it came to pass they had many Sons which had not entered [p. 304]
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