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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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King Mosiah granted unto Alma that he might establish churches through out all the land of Zarahemla and gave him power to ordain priests and teachers over every church now this was done because there was so many people that they could not be all govoned by one teacher neither could they all hear the word of God in one assembly therefore they did assemble themselves together in different bodies being called churches every church having their priests and their teachers and every priest preaching the word according as it was delivered to him by the mouth of Alma and thus notwithstanding there being many churches they all one church yea even the church of God for there was nothing preached in all the churches in the land of Zarahemla -es except it were repentance and faith in God and now there was Seven churches in the land of Zarahemla and it came to pass that whosoever was desirous to take upon them the name of Christ <​or​> of God they did join the churches of God and they were called the people of God and the Lord did pour out his spirit upon them and they were blest and pospered in the land now it came to pass that there was many of the rising generation that could not understand the words of King Benjamin being little children at the time he spake unto his people and they did not believe the tradition of their fathers they did not believe what had been said concerning the resurrection of the dead neither did they believe concerning the coming of Christ and now because of their unbelief they could not understand the word of God and their hearts were hardened and they would not be baptised neither would they join the church and they were a seperate people as to their faith and remained so ever after even in their carnal and sinful State for they would not call upon the Lord their God and now in the reign of Mosiah they were not half so numerous as the people of God but because of the desintions among the brethren they bcame more numrous for it came to pass that they did deceive many with their flatering words which were in the church & did cause them to commit many sins therefore it became expedient that those who commited Sin that was in the church should be admonished by the church, and it came to pass that they were brought before the priests & delivered up unto the priests by the teachers & the priests brought them before Alma which and the priests brought was the high priest Now King Mosiah had given Alma the authority over the church and it came to pass that Alma did know concerning them for there were many witnesses [p. 158]
King Mosiah granted unto Alma that he might establish churches through out all the land of Zarahemla and gave him power to ordain priests and teachers over every church now this was done because there was so many people that they could not be all govoned by one teacher neither could they all hear the word of God in one assembly therefore they did assemble themselves together in different bodies being called churches every church having their priests and their teachers and every priest preaching the word according as it was delivered to him by the mouth of Alma and thus notwithstanding there being many churches they all one church yea even the church of God for there was nothing preached in all the church -es except it were repentance and faith in God and now there was Seven churches in the land of Zarahemla and it came to pass that whosoever was desirous to take upon them the name of Christ or of God they did join the churches of God and they were called the people of God and the Lord did pour out his spirit upon them and they were blest and pospered in the land now it came to pass that there was many of the rising generation that could not understand the words of King Benjamin being little children at the time he spake unto his people and they did not believe the tradition of their fathers they did not believe what had been said concerning the resurrection of the dead neither did they believe concerning the coming of Christ and now because of their unbelief they could not understand the word of God and their hearts were hardened and they would not be baptised neither would they join the church and they were a seperate people as to their faith and remained so ever after even in their carnal and sinful State for they would not call upon the Lord their God and now in the reign of Mosiah they were not half so numerous as the people of God but because of the desintions among the brethren they bcame more numrous for it came to pass that they did deceive many with their flatering words which were in the church & did cause them to commit many sins therefore it became expedient that those who commited Sin that was in the church should be admonished by the church, and it came to pass that they were brought before the priests & delivered up unto the priests by the teachers & the priests brought them before Alma which was the high priest Now King Mosiah had given Alma the authority over the church and it came to pass that Alma did know concerning them for there were many witnesses [p. 158]
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