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

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distruction therefore we did pour out our souls to in prayer to God that he would strengthen us & deliver us out of the hands of our enemies yea & also give us strength that we might retain our cities & our lands & our possessions for the support of our people yea & it came to pass that the Lord our God did visit us with assureances that he would deliver us yea insomuch that he did speak peace to our souls & did grant unto us great faith & did cause us that we should hope for our deliverance in him & we did take courage with our small force which we had received & were fixed with a determination to conquer our enemies & to maintain our lands & our possessions & our wives & our children & the cause of our <​liberty​> & thus we did go forth with <​all​> our mights against the Lamanites which were in the City of Manti & we did pitch our tents by the wilderness side which was near the City & it came to pass on the morrow that when the Lamanites saw that we <​were​> in the borders by the wilderness which was near the city that they sent out their spies round about us that they might discover the number & the strength of our army & it came to pass that when they saw thad <​that​> we were not strong as <​according​> to our <​numbers​> numbers & fearing that we should cut them off from their support except they should come out to battle against us & kill us & also supposeing that they could easily destroy us with their numerous hosts therefore they began to make peperations to come <​out​> against us to battle & when we saw that they were making preperations to come out against us behold I caused that Gid with a small number of men should secrete himself in the wilderness & also that Teomner should with a small number of men secrete themselves <​himself​> also in the wilderness now Gid & his men were <​was​> on the right & the other on the left & when they had thus secreted themselves behold I remained with the remainder of my army in the <​that​> same place where we had first pitched our tents against the time that the Lamanites should come out to battle & it came to pass that the Lamanites did come out with their numerous army against us & when they had come & were about to fall upon us with the sword I caused that my men those which were with me should retreat into the wilderness & it came to pass that the Lamanites did follow after us with great speed for they were excedingly desireous to overtake us that they might slay us therefore they did follow us into the wilderness & we did pass by in the midst of Gid & Teomner insomuch that they were not discovered by the Lamanites & it came to pass that when the Lamanites had passed by or when the army had passed by Gid & Teomner did rise up from their secret places & did cut off the spies of the Lamanites that they should not return to the city & it came to pass that when they had cut them off they ran to the city & fell upon the guards which were left to guard the city insomuch that they did destroy [p. 317]
distruction therefore we did pour out our souls in prayer to God that he would strengthen us & deliver us out of the hands of our enemies yea & also give us strength that we might retain our cities & our lands & our possessions for the support of our people yea & it came to pass that the Lord our God did visit us with assureances that he would deliver us yea insomuch that he did speak peace to our souls & did grant unto us great faith & did cause us that we should hope for our deliverance in him & we did take courage with our small force which we had received & were fixed with a determination to conquer our enemies & to maintain our lands & our possessions & our wives & our children & the cause of our liberty & thus we did go forth with all our might against the Lamanites which were in the City of Manti & we did pitch our tents by the wilderness side which was near the City & it came to pass on the morrow that when the Lamanites saw that we were in the borders by the wilderness which was near the city that they sent out their spies round about us that they might discover the number & the strength of our army & it came to pass that when they saw that we were not strong according to our numbers & fearing that we should cut them off from their support except they should come out to battle against us & kill us & also supposeing that they could easily destroy us with their numerous hosts therefore they began to make peperations to come out against us to battle & when we saw that they were making preperations to come out against us behold I caused that Gid with a small number of men should secrete himself in the wilderness & also that Teomner should with a small number of men secrete himself also in the wilderness now Gid & his men was on the right & the other on the left & when they had thus secreted themselves behold I remained with the remainder of my army in that same place where we had first pitched our tents against the time that the Lamanites should come out to battle & it came to pass that the Lamanites did come out with their numerous army against us & when they had come & were about to fall upon us with the sword I caused that my men those which were with me should retreat into the wilderness & it came to pass that the Lamanites did follow after us with great speed for they were excedingly desireous to overtake us that they might slay us therefore they did follow us into the wilderness & we did pass by in the midst of Gid & Teomner insomuch that they were not discovered by the Lamanites & it came to pass that when the Lamanites had passed by or when the army had passed by Gid & Teomner did rise up from their secret places & did cut off the spies of the Lamanites that they should not return to the city & it came to pass that when they had cut them off they ran to the city & fell upon the guards which were left to guard the city insomuch that they did [p. 317]
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