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

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been appointed to be the chief captain over the Nephites now the chief captain took the command of all the armies of the Nephites & his name was Moroni & Moroni took all the comnand & the goverments of their wars & he was only twenty & five years old when he was appointed chief captain over the armies of the Nephites & it came to pass that he met the Lamanites in the borders of Jershon & his people were armed with swords & with simeters & all manner of weapons of war & it came to pss that when the armies of the Lamanites saw that the people of Nephi or that Moroni had prepared his people with breastplates & with arm shields yea & also shields to defend their heads & also they were dressed with thick clothing now the army of Zerahemnah was not prepared with any such thing they had <​only​> their swords & their simeters their bows & their arrows their stones & their slings but they were naked save it were a skin which was girted about their loins yea all were naked save it were the Zoramites & the Amalekites but they were not armed with breastplates nor shields therefore they were exceding fraid of the armies of the Nephites because of their armour notwithstanding their number being so much greater than the Nephites behold now it came to pass that they dearst not come against the Nephites in the borders of Jershon therefore they departed out of the land of Antionum into the wilderness & took their journey round about in the wilderness away by the head of the River Sidon that they might come into the land of Manti & take possession of the land for they did not suppose that the armies of Moroni would know whither they had gone but it came to pass as soon as they had departed into the wilderness Moroni sent <​sent​> spies into the wilderness to watch their camp & Moroni also knowing of the prophecies of Alma sent sertain men unto him that he should inquire of the Lord whither the armies of the Nephites should go to defend themselves against the Lamanitess & it came to pass that the word of the Lord came unto Alma & Alma informed the messengers of Moroni that the armies of the Lamanitess were marching round about in the wilderness that they might come over into the land of Manti that they might commence an attack upon the more weak part of the people & those messengers went & delivered the message unto Moroni now Moroni leaving a part of his army in the land of Jershon lest by any means a part of the Lamanites should come into that land & take possession of the city & Moroni took the remainder part of his army & marched over into the land of Manti & he caused that all the people in that quarter of the land should gather themselves <​together to battle​> to battle against the Lamanites to defend their lands & their country their rights & their liberties therefore they were prepared against the time of the coming of the Lamanites & it came to pass that Moroni caused that his army should be secreted in the vally which was near the bank of the River Sidon which was on the west of the River Sidon in the wilderness & Moroni plased spies round about that he might know when the camp of [p. 276]
been appointed to be the chief captain over the Nephites now the chief captain took the command of all the armies of the Nephites & his name was Moroni & Moroni took all the comnand & the goverments of their wars & he was only twenty & five years old when he was appointed chief captain over the armies of the Nephites & it came to pass that he met the Lamanites in the borders of Jershon & his people were armed with swords & with simeters & all manner of weapons of war & it came to pss that when the armies of the Lamanites saw that the people of Nephi or that Moroni had prepared his people with breastplates & with arm shields yea & also shields to defend their heads & also they were dressed with thick clothing now the army of Zerahemnah was not prepared with any such thing they had only their swords & their simeters their bows & their arrows their stones & their slings but they were naked save it were a skin which was girted about their loins yea all were naked save it were the Zoramites & the Amalekites but they were not armed with breastplates nor shields therefore they were exceding fraid of the armies of the Nephites because of their armour notwithstanding their number being so much greater than the Nephites behold now it came to pass that they dearst not come against the Nephites in the borders of Jershon therefore they departed out of the land of Antionum into the wilderness & took their journey round about in the wilderness away by the head of the River Sidon that they might come into the land of Manti & take possession of the land for they did not suppose that the armies of Moroni would know whither they had gone but it came to pass as soon as they had departed into the wilderness Moroni sent spies into the wilderness to watch their camp & Moroni also knowing of the prophecies of Alma sent sertain men unto him that he should inquire of the Lord whither the armies of the Nephites should go to defend themselves against the Lamanitess & it came to pass that the word of the Lord came unto Alma & Alma informed the messengers of Moroni that the armies of the Lamanitess were marching round about in the wilderness that they might come over into the land of Manti that they might commence an attack upon the more weak part of the people & those messengers went & delivered the message unto Moroni now Moroni leaving a part of his army in the land of Jershon lest by any means a part of the Lamanites should come into that land & take possession of the city & Moroni took the remainder part of his army & marched over into the land of Manti & he caused that all the people in that quarter of the land should gather themselves together to battle against the Lamanites to defend their lands & their country their rights & their liberties therefore they were prepared against the time of the coming of the Lamanites & it came to pass that Moroni caused that his army should be secreted in the vally which was near the bank of the River Sidon which was on the west of the River Sidon in the wilderness & Moroni plased spies round about that he might know when the camp of [p. 276]
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