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

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because of their wives & Amulon & his brethren did join them Lamanites & they were traveling in the wilderness in search of the land of Nephi when they discovered the land of Helaman which was posessed by Alma & his brethren & it came to pass that the Lamanites promised unto Alma & his brethren that if they would shew them the way which led to the land of Nephi that they would grant unto them their lives & their liberty but it came to pass that after Alma had shewn them the way that lead to the land of Nephi the Lamanites would not keep their promise but they set guards round about the land of Helaman over Alma & his brethren & the remainder of them went to the land of Nephi & a part of them returned to the land of Helaman & also brought with them the wives & the children of the guards which had been left in the land & the king of the Lamanites had granted unto Amulon that he should be a king & a ruler over his people which was in the land of Helaman nevertheless he should have no power to do any thing conterary to the will of the king of the Lamanites & it came to pass that Amulon did gain favour in the eyes of the king of the Lamanites therefore the king of the Lamanites granted unto him & his brethren that they should be appointed teachers over his people yea even over the people which was in the land of Shemlon & the land of Shilom & in the land of Amulon for the Lamanites had taken posession of all these lands therefore the king of the Lamanites had appointed kings over all these lands & now the name of the king of the Lamanites was Laman being called after the name of his father & therefore he was called king Laman & he was king over a numerous people & he appointed teachers of the brethren of Amulon in every land which was possessed by his people & thus the language of Nephi began to be taught among all the people of the Lamanites & they were a people friendly one with another nevertheless they knew not God neither did the brethren of Amulon teach them any thing concerning the Lord their God neither the law of Moses nor did they teach them the words of Abinadi but they taught them that they should keep their record & that they might write one to another & thus the Lamanites began to increase in riches & began to trade one with an other & wax great & began to be a cunning & a wise people as to the wisdon of the world yea a verry cunning people delighting in all manner <​manner​> of wickedness & plunder except it were among their own brethren & now it came to pass that Amulon began to exercise authority over Alma & his brethren & began to persecute him & cause that his children should persecute their children for Amulon knew Alma that he had been one of the kings priests & that it was he that believed the words of Abinadi & was driven out before the king & therefore he was wroth with him for he was subject to king Laman yet he exercised authority over them & put tasks upon them & put tasks masters over them & it came to pass that so great was their afflictions that they began to cry mightily to God & it came to pass that Amulon commanded them that they should stop their cries & put guards over them that <​to​> watch them that whosoever should be found calling upon God [p. 155]
because of their wives & Amulon & his brethren did join the Lamanites & they were traveling in the wilderness in search of the land of Nephi when they discovered the land of Helaman which was posessed by Alma & his brethren & it came to pass that the Lamanites promised unto Alma & his brethren that if they would shew them the way which led to the land of Nephi that they would grant unto them their lives & their liberty but it came to pass that after Alma had shewn them the way that lead to the land of Nephi the Lamanites would not keep their promise but they set guards round about the land of Helaman over Alma & his brethren & the remainder of them went to the land of Nephi & a part of them returned to the land of Helaman & also brought with them the wives & the children of the guards which had been left in the land & the king of the Lamanites had granted unto Amulon that he should be a king & a ruler over his people which was in the land of Helaman nevertheless he should have no power to do any thing conterary to the will of the king of the Lamanites & it came to pass that Amulon did gain favour in the eyes of the king of the Lamanites therefore the king of the Lamanites granted unto him & his brethren that they should be appointed teachers over his people yea even over the people which was in the land of Shemlon & the land of Shilom & in the land of Amulon for the Lamanites had taken posession of all these lands therefore the king of the Lamanites had appointed kings over all these lands & now the name of the king of the Lamanites was Laman being called after the name of his father & therefore he was called king Laman & he was king over a numerous people & he appointed teachers of the brethren of Amulon in every land which was possessed by his people & thus the language of Nephi began to be taught among all the people of the Lamanites & they were a people friendly one with another nevertheless they knew not God neither did the brethren of Amulon teach them any thing concerning the Lord their God neither the law of Moses nor did they teach them the words of Abinadi but they taught them that they should keep their record & that they might write one to another & thus the Lamanites began to increase in riches & began to trade one with an other & wax great & began to be a cunning & a wise people as to the wisdon of the world yea a verry cunning people delighting in all manner of wickedness & plunder except it were among their own brethren & now it came to pass that Amulon began to exercise authority over Alma & his brethren & began to persecute him & cause that his children should persecute their children for Amulon knew Alma that he had been one of the kings priests & that it was he that believed the words of Abinadi & was driven out before the king & therefore he was wroth with him for he was subject to king Laman yet he exercised authority over them & put tasks upon them & put task masters over them & it came to pass that so great was their afflictions that they began to cry mightily to God & it came to pass that Amulon commanded them that they should stop their cries & put guards over them to watch them that whosoever should be found calling upon God [p. 155]
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