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

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  • Historical Introduction
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pass that after we had dwelt in the land for the space of twelve years that king Laman began to grow uneasy lest by any means my People should wax strong in the land & that they could not overpower us <​them​> & bring them into bondage now they were & an lazy & an Idoletrous People therefore they were desireous to bring us into bondage that they might glut themselves with the labours of our hands yea that they might feast themselves upon the flocks of our fields therefore it came to pass that king Laman began to stir up his People that they should contend with my People therefore there began to be wars & contentions in the land for in the thirteenth year of my reign in the land of Nephi away on the South of the land of Shilom when my People were watering & feading their flocks & tilling their lands a numerous host of Lamanites came upon them & began to slay them & to take of their flocks & the corn of their fields yea & it came to pass that they fled all that were not overtaken even into the City of Nephi & did call upon me for protection & it came to pass that I did arm them with bows & with arrows with swords & with simetres & with clubs & with slings & with all manner of weopons of war <​which​> we could invent & I & my People did go forth against the Lamanites to battle yea in the strength of the Lord did we go forth to battle against the Lamanites for I & my People did cry mightily to the Lord that he would deliver us out of the hands of our enemies for we were awakened to a rememberance of the deliverance of our fathers & God did hear our cries & did answer our prayers & we did go forth in his might yea we did go forth against the Lamanites & in one day & a night we did slay three thousand & forty three we did slay them even untill we had driven them out of our land & I myself with mine own hands did help bury their dead & behold to our great sorrow & lamentation two hundred & seventy nine of our brethren were slain & it came to pass that we again began to establish the Kingdom & we again began to possess the land in peace & I caused that there should be weopons of war made of every kind that thereby I might have weopons for my People against the time the Lamanites should come up again to war against my People & I sat guards round about the land that the Lamanites might not come upon us again unawares & destroy us & thus I did guard my People & my flocks & keep them from falling into the hands of our enemies & it came to pass that we did inherit the land of our fathers for many years yea for the space of twenty & two years & I did cause that the men should till the ground & raise all manner of grain & all manner of fruit of every kind & I did cause that the women should spin & toil & work & work all manner of fine linnen yea & cloth of every kind that we might cloath our nakedness & thus we did prosper in the land thus we did have continual peace in the land for the space of twenty & two years & it came to pass that King Laman died & his Son began to reign in his stead & he began to stir his People up in rebellion against my People therefore they began to prepare for war [p. 133]
pass that after we had dwelt in the land for the space of twelve years that king Laman began to grow uneasy lest by any means my People should wax strong in the land & that they could not overpower them & bring them into bondage now they were lazy & an Idoletrous People therefore they were desireous to bring us into bondage that they might glut themselves with the labours of our hands yea that they might feast themselves upon the flocks of our fields therefore it came to pass that king Laman began to stir up his People that they should contend with my People therefore there began to be wars & contentions in the land for in the thirteenth year of my reign in the land of Nephi away on the South of the land of Shilom when my People were watering & feading their flocks & tilling their lands a numerous host of Lamanites came upon them & began to slay them & to take of their flocks & the corn of their fields yea & it came to pass that they fled all that were not overtaken even into the City of Nephi & did call upon me for protection & it came to pass that I did arm them with bows & with arrows with swords & with simetres & with clubs & with slings & with all manner of weopons which we could invent & I & my People did go forth against the Lamanites to battle yea in the strength of the Lord did we go forth to battle against the Lamanites for I & my People did cry mightily to the Lord that he would deliver us out of the hands of our enemies for we were awakened to a rememberance of the deliverance of our fathers & God did hear our cries & did answer our prayers & we did go forth in his might yea we did go forth against the Lamanites & in one day & a night we did slay three thousand & forty three we did slay them even untill we had driven them out of our land & I myself with mine own hands did help bury their dead & behold to our great sorrow & lamentation two hundred & seventy nine of our brethren were slain & it came to pass that we again began to establish the Kingdom & we again began to possess the land in peace & I caused that there should be weopons of war made of every kind that thereby I might have weopons for my People against the time the Lamanites should come up again to war against my People & I sat guards round about the land that the Lamanites might not come upon us again unawares & destroy us & thus I did guard my People & my flocks & keep them from falling into the hands of our enemies & it came to pass that we did inherit the land of our fathers for many years yea for the space of twenty & two years & I did cause that the men should till the ground & raise all manner of grain & all manner of fruit of every kind & I did cause that the women should spin & toil & work & work all manner of fine linnen yea & cloth of every kind that we might cloath our nakedness & thus we did prosper in the land thus we did have continual peace in the land for the space of twenty & two years & it came to pass that King Laman died & his Son began to reign in his stead & he began to stir his People up in rebellion against my People therefore they began to prepare for war [p. 133]
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