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

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should stand fast in this liberty wherewith ye have been made free & that ye trust no man to be a king over you & also trusting no one to be your teachers nor your ministers except he be a man of God walking in his ways & keeping his commandments thus did Alma teach his people that every man should love his neighbor as himself that there should be no contention among them & now Alma was their high Priest he being the founder of their church & it came to pass that none received authority to preach or to teach except it were by him from God therefore he consecrated all their priests & all their teachers & none were consecrated except it were just men therefore they did watch over their people & did nourish them with things pertaining to righteousness & it came to pass that they began to prosper excedingly in the land & they called the land Helaman & it came to pass that they did multiply & prosper excedingly excedingly in the land of Helaman & they built a city which they called the city of Helaman nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people yea he tryeth their patience & their faith nevertheless whosoever patteth his trust in him the same shall be lifted up at the last day yea & thus it was with this people for behold I will shew unto you that they were brought into bondage & none could deliver them but the Lord their God yea even the God of Abraham & of Isaac & of Jacob & it came to pass that he did deliver them & he did shew forth his mighty power unto them & great was their rejoiceings for behold it came to pass that while they were in the land of Helaman yea in the city of Helaman while tilling the land round about behold an army of the Lamanites were in the borders of the land now it came to pass that the Brethren of Alma fled from their fields & gathered themselves together into the city of Helaman & they were much frightened because of the appearance of the Lamanites but Alma went forth & stood among them & exhorted them that they should not be frightened but that they should remember the Lord their God & he would deliver them therefore they hushed their fears & began to cry unto the Lord that he would soften the hearts of the Lamanites that they would spare them & their wives & children & it came to pass that the Lord did soften the hearts of the Lamanites<​.​> & Alma & his brethren went forth & delivered themselves up into their hands & the Lamanites took possession of the Land of Helaman now the armies of the Lamanites which had followed after the people of king Limhi had been lost in the wilderness for many days & behold they had found those priests of king Noah in a place which they called Amulon & they had began to posess the land of Amulon & had began to till the ground now the name of the leader of those priests was Amulon & it came to pass that Amulon did plead with the Lamanites & he also sent forth their wives which was the daughters of the Lamanites to plead with their brethren that they should not destroy their husbands & it came to pass that the Lamanites had compassion on Amulon & his brethren & did not destroy them [p. 154]
should stand fast in this liberty wherewith ye have been made free & that ye trust no man to be a king over you & also trusting no one to be your teachers nor your ministers except he be a man of God walking in his ways & keeping his commandments thus did Alma teach his people that every man should love his neighbor as himself that there should be no contention among them & now Alma was their high Priest he being the founder of their church & it came to pass that none received authority to preach or to teach except it were by him from God therefore he consecrated all their priests & all their teachers & none were consecrated except it were just men therefore they did watch over their people & did nourish them with things pertaining to righteousness & it came to pass that they began to prosper excedingly in the land & they called the land Helaman & it came to pass that they did multiply & prosper excedingly in the land of Helaman & they built a city which they called the city of Helaman nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people yea he tryeth their patience & their faith nevertheless whosoever patteth his trust in him the same shall be lifted up at the last day yea & thus it was with this people for behold I will shew unto you that they were brought into bondage & none could deliver them but the Lord their God yea even the God of Abraham & of Isaac & of Jacob & it came to pass that he did deliver them & he did shew forth his mighty power unto them & great was their rejoiceings for behold it came to pass that while they were in the land of Helaman yea in the city of Helaman while tilling the land round about behold an army of the Lamanites were in the borders of the land now it came to pass that the Brethren of Alma fled from their fields & gathered themselves together into the city of Helaman & they were much frightened because of the appearance of the Lamanites but Alma went forth & stood among them & exhorted them that they should not be frightened but that they should remember the Lord their God & he would deliver them therefore they hushed their fears & began to cry unto the Lord that he would soften the hearts of the Lamanites that they would spare them & their wives & children & it came to pass that the Lord did soften the hearts of the Lamanites. & Alma & his brethren went forth & delivered themselves up into their hands & the Lamanites took possession of the Land of Helaman now the armies of the Lamanites which had followed after the people of king Limhi had been lost in the wilderness for many days & behold they had found those priests of king Noah in a place which they called Amulon & they had began to posess the land of Amulon & had began to till the ground now the name of the leader of those priests was Amulon & it came to pass that Amulon did plead with the Lamanites & he also sent forth their wives which was the daughters of the Lamanites to plead with their brethren that they should not destroy their husbands & it came to pass that the Lamanites had compassion on Amulon & his brethren & did not destroy them [p. 154]
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