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

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Helaman, Chapter 4 [Helaman 11–12]
Chapter—— [blank]—— And now it came to pass in the seventy & second year of the reign of the Judges that the contentions did increase insomuch that <​there​> were wars throughout all the land among all the people of Nephi & it was this secret band of robbers which did carry on this work of destruction & wickedness & thus this war did last all that year & in the seventy & third year it did also last & it came to pass that in this year Nephi did cry unto the Lord saying O Lord do not suffer that this people shall be destroyed by the sword but O Lord rather let there be a famine in the land to stir them up in rememberance of the Lord their God & perhaps they will repent & turn unto thee & so it was done according to the words of Nephi & there was a great famine upon the land among all the people of Nephi & thus in the seventy & forth year the famine did continue & the work of destruction did cease by the sword but became soar by famine & this work of destruction did also continue in the seventy & fifth for the earth was smitten that it was dry & did not yield forth grain in the season of grain & the whole earth was smitten even among the Lamanites as well as among the Nephites so that they were smitten that they did perish by thousands in the more wicked parts of the land & it came to pass that the people saw that they were about to perish by famine & they began to remember the Lord their God & they began to remember the words of Nephi & the people began to plead with their chief Judges & their leaders that they would say unto Nephi behold we know that thou art a man of God & therefore cry unto the Lord our God that he turn away from us this famine lest all the words which thou hast spoken concerning our destruction be fulfilled & it came to pass that the Judges did say unto Nephi according to the words which had been desired & it came to pass that when Nephi saw that the people had repented & did humble themselves in sack cloth he cried again unto the Lord saying O Lord behold this people repenteth & they have swept away the band of Gadianton from amongst them insomuch that they have become extinct & they have concealed their secret plans in the earth now O Lord because of this their humility wilt thou turn away thine anger & let thine anger be appeased in the destruction of those wicked men whom thou hast already destroyed O Lord wilt thou turn away thine anger yea thy fierce anger & cause that this famine may cease in this land O Lord wilt thou hearken unto me & cause that it may be done according to my words & send forth rain upon the face of the earth that she may bring forth her fruit & her grain in the season of grain O Lord thou didst hearken unto my words when I said let there be a famine that the pestilence of the sword might cease & I know that thou wilt even at this time hearken unto my words for thou saidst that if this people repent I will spare them yea O Lord & thou seest that they have repented because of the famine & the pestilence & destruction which has come unto them & now O Lord wilt thou turn away thine anger & try again if they will serve thee & if so O Lord thou cast <​canst​> bless them according [p. 352]
Helaman, Chapter 4 [Helaman 11–12]
Chapter—— [blank]—— And now it came to pass in the seventy & second year of the reign of the Judges that the contentions did increase insomuch that there were wars throughout all the land among all the people of Nephi & it was this secret band of robbers which did carry on this work of destruction & wickedness & this war did last all that year & in the seventy & third year it did also last & it came to pass that in this year Nephi did cry unto the Lord saying O Lord do not suffer that this people shall be destroyed by the sword but O Lord rather let there be a famine in the land to stir them up in rememberance of the Lord their God & perhaps they will repent & turn unto thee & so it was done according to the words of Nephi & there was a great famine upon the land among all the people of Nephi & thus in the seventy & forth year the famine did continue & the work of destruction did cease by the sword but became soar by famine & this work of destruction did also continue in the seventy & fifth for the earth was smitten that it was dry & did not yield forth grain in the season of grain & the whole earth was smitten even among the Lamanites as well as among the Nephites so that they were smitten that they did perish by thousands in the more wicked parts of the land & it came to pass that the people saw that they were about to perish by famine & they began to remember the Lord their God & they began to remember the words of Nephi & the people began to plead with their chief Judges & their leaders that they would say unto Nephi behold we know that thou art a man of God & therefore cry unto the Lord our God that he turn away from us this famine lest all the words which thou hast spoken concerning our destruction be fulfilled & it came to pass that the Judges did say unto Nephi according to the words which had been desired & it came to pass that when Nephi saw that the people had repented & did humble themselves in sack cloth he cried again unto the Lord saying O Lord behold this people repenteth & they have swept away the band of Gadianton from amongst them insomuch that they have become extinct & they have concealed their secret plans in the earth now O Lord because of this their humility wilt thou turn away thine anger & let thine anger be appeased in the destruction of those wicked men whom thou hast already destroyed O Lord wilt thou turn away thine anger yea thy fierce anger & cause that this famine may cease in this land O Lord wilt thou hearken unto me & cause that it may be done according to my words & send forth rain upon the face of the earth that she may bring forth her fruit & her grain in the season of grain O Lord thou didst hearken unto my words when I said let there be a famine that the pestilence of the sword might cease & I know that thou wilt even at this time hearken unto my words for thou saidst that if this people repent I will spare them yea O Lord & thou seest that they have repented because of the famine & the pestilence & destruction which has come unto them & now O Lord wilt thou turn away thine anger & try again if they will serve thee & if so O Lord thou canst bless them according [p. 352]
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