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

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to thy word which thou hast said & it came to pass that in the seventy & sixth year the Lord did turn away his anger from the people & caused that reign <​rain​> should fall upon the earth insomuch that it did bring forth her fruit in the season of her fruit & it came to pass that it did bring forth her grain & it <​in the​> season of her grain & behold the people did rejoice & gloryfy God & the whole face of the land was filled with rejoiceing & they did no more seek to destroy Nephi but they did esteem him as a great prophet & man of God having great power & authority given unto him from God & behold Lehi his brother was not a whit behind him as to things pertaining to righteousness & thus it did come to pass that the people of Nephi began to prosper again in the land & began to build up their waste places & began to multiply & spread even until they did cover the whole face of the land both on the Northward & on the Southward from the Sea west to the Sea east & it came to pass that the seventy & sixth year did end in peace & the seventy & seventh year began in peace & the church did spread throughout the face of all the land & the more part of the people both the Nephites & the Lamanites did belong to the church & they did have exceding great peace in the land & thus ended the seventy & seventh year & also they had peace in the seventy & eighth year save it were a few contentions <​concerning​> the points of doctrine which had been laid down by the prophets & in the seventy & ninth year there began to be much strife but it came to pass the that Nephi & Lehi & many of their brethren which knew concerning the true points of doctrine having many revelations daily therefore they did preach unto the people insomuch that they did put an end <​to​> their strife in that same year & it came to pass that in the eighteeth y eightieth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi there were a certain number of the dissenters from the people of Nephi which had some years before gone over unto the Lamanites & took upon themselves the name of Lamanites & also a certain number which were real decendants of the Lamanites being stired up to anger by them or by those dissenters therefore they commenced a war with their brethren & they did commit murder & plunder & then they would retreat back into the mountains & into the wilderness & secret places hiding themselves that they could not be discovered receiving daily an addition to their numbers in as much as there were dissenters that went forth unto them & thus in time yea even in the space of not many years they became an exceding great band <​of​> robbers & they did scearch out all the secret plans of Gadianton & thus they became robbers of Gadianton now behold these robbers did make great havock yea even great destruction among the people of Nephi & also among the people of the Lamanites & it came to pass that it was expediant that there should be a stop put to this work of destruction therefore they sent an army of strong men into the wilderness & upon the mountains to search out this band of robbers & to destroy them but behold it came to pass that in that same [p. 353]
to thy word which thou hast said & it came to pass that in the seventy & sixth year the Lord did turn away his anger from the people & caused that rain should fall upon the earth insomuch that it did bring forth her fruit in the season of her fruit & it came to pass that it did bring forth her grain in the season of her grain & behold the people did rejoice & gloryfy God & the whole face of the land was filled with rejoiceing & they did no more seek to destroy Nephi but they did esteem him as a great prophet & man of God having great power & authority given unto him from God & behold Lehi his brother was not a whit behind him as to things pertaining to righteousness & thus it did come to pass that the people of Nephi began to prosper again in the land & began to build up their waste places & began to multiply & spread even until they did cover the whole face of the land both on the Northward & on the Southward from the Sea west to the Sea east & it came to pass that the seventy & sixth year did end in peace & the seventy & seventh year began in peace & the church did spread throughout the face of all the land & the more part of the people both the Nephites & the Lamanites did belong to the church & they did have exceding great peace in the land & thus ended the seventy & seventh year & also they had peace in the seventy & eighth year save it were a few contentions concerning the points of doctrine which had been laid down by the prophets & in the seventy & ninth year there began to be much strife but it came to pass that Nephi & Lehi & many of their brethren which knew concerning the true points of doctrine having many revelations daily therefore they did preach unto the people insomuch that they did put an end to their strife in that same year & it came to pass that in the eightieth year of the reign of the Judges over the people of Nephi there were a certain number of the dissenters from the people of Nephi which had some years before gone over unto the Lamanites & took upon themselves the name of Lamanites & also a certain number which were real decendants of the Lamanites being stired up to anger by them or by those dissenters therefore they commenced a war with their brethren & they did commit murder & plunder & then they would retreat back into the mountains & into the wilderness & secret places hiding themselves that they could not be discovered receiving daily an addition to their numbers in as much as there were dissenters that went forth unto them & thus in time yea even in the space of not many years they became an exceding great band of robbers & they did scearch out all the secret plans of Gadianton & thus they became robbers of Gadianton now behold these robbers did make great havock yea even great destruction among the people of Nephi & also among the people of the Lamanites & it came to pass that it was expediant that there should be a stop put to this work of destruction therefore they sent an army of strong men into the wilderness & upon the mountains to search out this band of robbers & to destroy them but behold it came to pass that in that same [p. 353]
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