What’s happening? Wicked leaders like Kishkumen and Gadianton plot to take over or even in the case of Kishkumen, try to kill the prophet.
Why does it matter? The wicked are never allowed to prosper in the long run.
Between the lines: This is happening in our day in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.
Quote of the day: “Several years before Christ came to the American continent, the Lamanites exercised such great faith and courage that they completely destroyed the influence of the Gadianton robbers in their society by ‘preach[ing] the word of God among … them’ (Helaman 6:37).” ~ MR Ballard, 1997, Standing for Truth and Right
2:2 Who was Helaman?
2:4 Of whom else does Gadianton remind us?
2:10-14 Where do we find modern day Gadianton robbers?
“The Book of Mormon teaches that secret combinations engaged in crime present a serious challenge, not just to individuals and families but to entire civilizations. Among today’s secret combinations are gangs, drug cartels, and organized crime families. The secret combinations of our day function much like the Gadianton robbers of the Book of Mormon times. They have secret signs and code words. They participate in secret rites and initiation ceremonies…. If we are not careful, today’s secret combinations can obtain power and influence just as quickly and just as completely as they did in Book of Mormon times.” ~ MR Ballard, 1997, Standing for Truth and Right