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

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that I being eleven years old was carried by my Father into the land southward even to the land of Zarahemla the whole face of the land having become covered with buildings & the People were as numerous almost as it were the sands of the Sea & it came to pass that in this year there began to be a war between the Nephites which consisted of the Neptites & the Jacobites & the Josephites & the Zoramites & this war was between the Nephites & the Lamanites Lemuelites & the Ishmaelites now the Lamanites & the Lemuelites & the Ishmaelites were called Lamanites & the two parties were Nephites & Lamanites & it came to pass that the war began to be among them in the borders of Zarahemla by the waters of Sidon & it came to pass that the Nephites had gathered together a great number of men even to exceed the number of thirty thousand & it came to pass that they did have in this same year a number of Battles in the which the Nephites did beat the Lamanites & did slay many of them & it came to pass that the Lamanites withdrew their design & there was peace settled in the Land & peace did remain for the pace of about four years that there was no blood shed but wickedness did prevail upon the whole land insomuch that the Lord did take away his beloved Disciples. & the work of miracles & of healings did cease bcause of the iniquity of the people & there were no gifts from the Lord & the Holy Ghost did not come upon any bcause of their wickedness & unbelief & I being fifteen years of age & being somewhat of a sober mind therefore I was visited of the Lord & tasted and knew of the goodness of Jesus & I did endeavor to preach unto the people but my mouth was shut & I were forbidden that I should preach unto them for behold they had willfully reblled against their God & the beloved Disciples were taken away out of the land because of their iniquity but I did remain among them but I were forbidden that I should preach unto them because of the hardness of their hearts & because of the hardness of their heart the land was cursed for their sake & these Gaddianton Robbers which were among the Lamanites did infest the land insomuch that the inhabitants thereof began to hide up their treasures in the earth & they became slippery because the Lord had cursed the land that they could not hold them nor retain them again & it came to pass that there were sorceries & wichcrfts & magics & the power of the evil one was wrought upon all the <​fou​> land face of the land even unto the fullfiling of all the words of Abinadi & also Samuel the Lamanite & it came to pass ◊◊at in that some year there began to be a war again between the Nephites & the Lamanites & notwithstanding I being young was large in staure therefore the People of Nephi appointed me that I should be their leader or the leader of their armies therefore it came to pass that in my sixteenth year I did go forth at the head of an army of the Nephtis against the Lamanites therefore three hundred & twenty six years had passed away & it came to pass that in the three hundred & twentey & seventh year the Lamanites [p. 414]
that I being eleven years old was carried by my Father into the land southward even to the land of Zarahemla the whole face of the land having become covered with buildings & the People were as numerous almost as it were the sands of the Sea & it came to pass that in this year there began to be a war between the Nephites which consisted of the Neptites & the Jacobites & the Josephites & the Zoramites & this war was between the Nephites & the Lamanites Lemuelites & the Ishmaelites now the Lamanites & the Lemuelites & the Ishmaelites were called Lamanites & the two parties were Nephites & Lamanites & it came to pass that the war began to be among them in the borders of Zarahemla by the waters of Sidon & it came to pass that the Nephites had gathered together a great number of men even to exceed the number of thirty thousand & it came to pass that they did have in this same year a number of Battles in the which the Nephites did beat the Lamanites & did slay many of them & it came to pass that the Lamanites withdrew their design & there was peace settled in the Land & peace did remain for the pace of about four years that there was no blood shed but wickedness did prevail upon the whole land insomuch that the Lord did take away his beloved Disciples. & the work of miracles & of healing did cease bcause of the iniquity of the people & there were no gifts from the Lord & the Holy Ghost did not come upon any bcause of their wickedness & unbelief & I being fifteen years of age & being somewhat of a sober mind therefore I was visited of the Lord & tasted and knew of the goodness of Jesus & I did endeavor to preach unto the people but my mouth was shut & I were forbidden that I should preach unto them for behold they had willfully reblled against their God & the beloved Disciples were taken away out of the land because of their iniquity but I did remain among them but I were forbidden that I should preach unto them because of the hardness of their hearts & because of the hardness of their heart the land was cursed for their sake & these Gaddianton Robbers which were among the Lamanites did infest the land insomuch that the inhabitants thereof began to hide up their treasures in the earth & they became slippery because the Lord had cursed the land that they could not hold them nor retain them again & it came to pass that there were sorceries & wichcrfts & magics & the power of the evil one was wrought upon all the face of the land even unto the fullfiling of all the words of Abinadi & also Samuel the Lamanite & it came to pass at in that some year there began to be a war again between the Nephites & the Lamanites & notwithstanding I being young was large in staure therefore the People of Nephi appointed me that I should be their leader or the leader of their armies therefore it came to pass that in my sixteenth year I did go forth at the head of an army of the Nephtis against the Lamanites therefore three hundred & twenty six years had passed away & it came to pass that in the three hundred & twentey & seventh year the Lamanites [p. 414]
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