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

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entseat & behold they were not found & now it came to pass that when the Lamanites found that there were robbers among them they were exceding sorrowful & they did use every means whatsoever was in their power to destroy them off the face of the earth but behold Satan did stir up the hearts of the more parts of the Nephites insomuch that they did unite with those bands of robbers & did enter into their covenants & their oaths that they would protect & preserve one another in whatsoever difficult circumstances they should be placed in that they should not suffer for their murders & their plunderings & their stealings & it came to pass that they did have their signs yea their secret signs & their secret words & this that they might distuin <​distinguish​> a brother who had entered into the covenant that whatsoever wickedness his brother should do he should not be injured by his brother nor <​by by​> those who did belong to his band who had taken this covenant & thus they might murder & plunder & steal & commit horedoms & all manner of wickedness conterary to the laws of their country & also the laws of their God & whosoever of those whih belonged to their band should reveal unto the world of their wickedness & their abominations should be tried not according to the laws of their country but according to the laws of their wickedness which had been given by Gadianton & Kishkumen now behold it is these secret oaths & covenants which Alma commonded his Son should not go forth unto the world lest they should be a means of bringing down the people unto destruction now behold those secred <​secret​> oaths & covenants did not come forth unto Gadianton from the records which were delivered unto Helaman but behold they were put into the heart of Gadianton by that same being who did entice our first parents to partake of the forbidden fruit yea that same being who did plot with Cain that if he would murder his brother Abel it should not be known unto the world & he did plot with Cain & his followers from that time forth & also it is that same being who put it into the hearts of the people to build a Tower sufficiently high that they might get to Heaven & it was that same being which lead on the people which came from that Tower into this land which spread the works of darkness & abominations over all the face of the land until he draged the people down to an entire destruction & to an everlasting Hell yea it is that same being who put it into the heart of Gadianton to still carry on the work of darkness & of secret murder & he hath brought it forth from the beginning of man even down to thise time & behold it is he which is the author off all sin & behold he doth carry on his works of darkness & secret murder & doth hand down their plots & their oaths & their covenants & their plans of awful wickedness from generation to generation according as he can get hold upon the hearts of the children of men & now behold he had got great hold upon the hearts of the Nephites yea insomuch that they had become exceding wicked yea the more part of them had turned out of the way of righteousness & did trample under their feet [p. 343]
entseat & behold they were not found & now it came to pass that when the Lamanites found that there were robbers among them they were exceding sorrowful & they did use every means whatsoever was in their power to destroy them off the face of the earth but behold Satan did stir up the hearts of the more parts of the Nephites insomuch that they did unite with those bands of robbers & did enter into their covenants & their oaths that they would protect & preserve one another in whatsoever difficult circumstances they should be placed in that they should not suffer for their murders & their plunderings & their stealings & it came to pass that they did have their signs yea their secret signs & their secret words & this that they might distinguish a brother who had entered into the covenant that whatsoever wickedness his brother should do he should not be injured by his brother nor by those who did belong to his band who had taken this covenant & thus they might murder & plunder & steal & commit horedoms & all manner of wickedness conterary to the laws of their country & also the laws of their God & whosoever of those whih belonged to their band should reveal unto the world of their wickedness & their abominations should be tried not according to the laws of their country but according to the laws of their wickedness which had been given by Gadianton & Kishkumen now behold it is these secret oaths & covenants which Alma commonded his Son should not go forth unto the world lest they should be a means of bringing down the people unto destruction now behold those secret oaths & covenants did not come forth unto Gadianton from the records which were delivered unto Helaman but behold they were put into the heart of Gadianton by that same being who did entice our first parents to partake of the forbidden fruit yea that same being who did plot with Cain that if he would murder his brother Abel it should not be known unto the world & he did plot with Cain & his followers from that time forth & also it is that same being who put it into the hearts of the people to build a Tower sufficiently high that they might get to Heaven & it was that same being which lead on the people which came from that Tower into this land which spread the works of darkness & abominations over all the face of the land until he draged the people down to an entire destruction & to an everlasting Hell yea it is that same being who put it into the heart of Gadianton to still carry on the work of darkness & of secret murder & he hath brought it forth from the beginning of man even down to thise time & behold it is he which is the author off all sin & behold he doth carry on his works of darkness & secret murder & doth hand down their plots & their oaths & their covenants & their plans of awful wickedness from generation to generation according as he can get hold upon the hearts of the children of men & now behold he had got great hold upon the hearts of the Nephites yea insomuch that they had become exceding wicked yea the more part of them had turned out of the way of righteousness & did trample under their feet [p. 343]
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