“The Lamanites Came for the Purpose of Dethroning the King”

Alan C. Miner

According to Shirley Heater, the Printer's Manuscript of the Book of Mormon differs somewhat from the Original Manuscript. . . . At present in the 1981 LDS edition, Alma 24:20 reads, "the Lamanites made preparations for war, and came up to the land of Nephi for the purpose of destroying the king, and to place another in his stead, and also of destroying the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi out of the land." The Original Manuscript clarifies the intent of the Lamanites who "came . . . for the purpose of dethroning the king" instead of "destroying the king" as found on the Printer's Manuscript (and in the 1981 LDS edition). [Shirley R. Heater, "Variances Between the Original and Printer's Manuscripts," in Recent Book of Mormon Developments, Vol. 2, pp. 80, 85]

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