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

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should be put to death & it came to pass that Alma & his people did not raise their voices to the Lord their God but did pour out their hearts to him & he did know the thoughts of their hearts & it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions saying lift up your heads & be of good comfort for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me & I will covenant with this my people & deliver them out of bondage & I will also ease their burdens which is put upon your shoulders that even you cannot feel them upon your backs even while you are in bondage & this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter & that ye may know of a surety that I the Lord God do visit <​my​> people in their afflictions & now it came to pass that the burdens which was laid upon Alma & his brethren were made light yea the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease & they did submit cheerfully & with patience to all the will of the Lord & it came to pass that so great was their faith & their patience that the voice of the Lord came unto them again saying be of good comfort for on the morrow I will deliver thee out of bondage & he saith unto Alma thou shalt go before this people & I will go with thee & deliver this people out of bondage now it came to pass that Alma & his people in the night time gathered their flocks together & also of their grain yea even all the night time were they gathering their flocks together<​.​> & in the morning the Lord caused a deep sleep to come upon the Lamanites yea & all their task masters were in a profound sleep & it came to pass that Alma & his people departed into the wilderness & when they had traveled all day they pitched their tents in a vally & they called the name of the vally Alma because he lead their way in the wilderness yea & in the vally of Alma they poured out their thanks to God because he had been merciful unto them & eased their burdens & had delivered them out of bondage for they were in bondage & none could deliver them except it were the Lord their God & they gave thanks to God yea all their men & all their women & all their children that could speak lifted their voices in the praises of their God & now the Lord said unto Alma haste thee & get thou & this people out of this land for the Lamanites have awoke & doth pursue thee therefore get thee out of this land & I will stop the Lamanites in this vally that they come no further in pursuit of this people & it came to pass that they departed out of the vally & took their journey into the wilderness & it came to pass that after they had been in the wilderness twelve days they arived to the land of Zarahemla & king Mosiah did also receive them with joy & now king Mosiah caused that all the people should be gathered together now there were not so many of the children of Nephi or so many of those which were desendants of Nephi as there were of the people of Zarahemla which was a decendant of Muloch & those which came with him into the wilderness & there were not so many of the people of Nephi & of the people of Zarahemla as there was of the Lamanites yea they were not half so numerous & [p. 156]
should be put to death & it came to pass that Alma & his people did not raise their voices to the Lord their God but did pour out their hearts to him & he did know the thoughts of their hearts & it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions saying lift up your heads & be of good comfort for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me & I will covenant with this my people & deliver them out of bondage & I will also ease the burdens which is put upon your shoulders that even you cannot feel them upon your backs even while you are in bondage & this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter & that ye may know of a surety that I the Lord God do visit my people in their afflictions & now it came to pass that the burdens which was laid upon Alma & his brethren were made light yea the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease & they did submit cheerfully & with patience to all the will of the Lord & it came to pass that so great was their faith & their patience that the voice of the Lord came unto them again saying be of good comfort for on the morrow I will deliver thee out of bondage & he saith unto Alma thou shalt go before this people & I will go with thee & deliver this people out of bondage now it came to pass that Alma & his people in the night time gathered their flocks together & also of their grain yea even all the night time were they gathering their flocks together. & in the morning the Lord caused a deep sleep to come upon the Lamanites yea & all their task masters were in a profound sleep & it came to pass that Alma & his people departed into the wilderness & when they had traveled all day they pitched their tents in a vally & they called the name of the vally Alma because he lead their way in the wilderness yea & in the vally of Alma they poured out their thanks to God because he had been merciful unto them & eased their burdens & had delivered them out of bondage for they were in bondage & none could deliver them except it were the Lord their God & they gave thanks to God yea all their men & all their women & all their children that could speak lifted their voices in the praises of their God & now the Lord said unto Alma haste thee & get thou & this people out of this land for the Lamanites have awoke & doth pursue thee therefore get thee out of this land & I will stop the Lamanites in this vally that they come no further in pursuit of this people & it came to pass that they departed out of the vally & took their journey into the wilderness & it came to pass that after they had been in the wilderness twelve days they arived to the land of Zarahemla & king Mosiah did also receive them with joy & now king Mosiah caused that all the people should be gathered together now there were not so many of the children of Nephi or so many of those which were desendants of Nephi as there were of the people of Zarahemla which was a decendant of Muloch & those which came with him into the wilderness & there were not so many of the people of Nephi & of the people of Zarahemla as there was of the Lamanites yea they were not half so numerous & [p. 156]
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