For what purpose do secret combinations
1:40 For there was one Gadianton who was exceeding expert
in many words, and also in his craft, to carry on the secret work of
murder and of robbery; therefore he became the leader of the band of
Kishkumen; (Power and authority to promote their wicked agenda,
usually starts with one individual who has a beef with the
government. Convinces many to follow. Convinced them using lies)
1:41 Therefore he did flatter them, and also Kishkumen,
that if they would place him in the judgment seat, he would grant
unto those who belonged to his band that they should be placed in power
and authority among the people; therefore Kishkumen sought to
1:44 And when the servant of Helaman had known all the
heart of Kishkumen, and how that it was his object to murder,
What is the
(normal) desire of the just to whom the acts have been committed?
1:47 And it came to pass that Helaman did send forth to
take this band of robbers and secret murderers, that they might be
executed according to the law.
threat did the Gadianton terrorists propose?
1:51 And behold, in the end of this book, ye shall see
that this Gadianton did prove the overthrow, yea, almost the entire
destruction of the people of Nephi.
“…We wage a war to
save civilization itself."
-Words to the Nation from President George W.
Bush November 8, 2001
What are their characteristics?
Helaman 3:3 And seeing the people in a state
of such awful wickedness, and those Gadianton robbers filling the
judgment seats, having usurped the power and authority of the land;
laying aside the commandments of God, and not in the least aright before
him: doing no justice unto the children of men; condemning the righteous
because of their righteousness; letting the guilty and the wicked go
unpunished, because of their money;
Helaman 2:147 And thus
they might murder, and plunder, and steal, and commit whoredoms, and all
manner of wickedness, contrary to the laws of their country and also the
laws of their God;
Where did they
live? (And where do the terrorists today reside?)
3 Nephi 1:33 And it came to pass that the
ninety and third year did also pass away in peace, save it were for the Gadianton
robbers, who dwelt upon the mountains, who did infest the land;
Where did the terrorists reside?
2:142 And now it had come to pass that there were many
even among the Nephites, of Gadianton's band. But behold, they were more
numerous among the more wicked part of the Lamanites. (among the
Are God’s people
always aware of the looming threats? (Were Americans aware of the looming
Helaman 2:21 And it came to pass in the
forty and ninth year of the reign of the Judges, there was continual peace
established in the land, all save it were the secret combinations which Gadianton
the robber had established, in the more settled parts of the the land,
which at that time were not known unto those who were at the head of
the government; therefore they were not destroyed out of the land.
2:22 And it came to pass that in this same year, there was
exceeding great prosperity in the church, insomuch that there were
thousands who did join themselves unto the church, and were baptized unto
Prosperity occurs for 10 years, then…
2:138 And in the commencement of the sixty and seventh
year, the people began to grow exceeding wicked again.
139 For behold, the Lord had blessed them so long with the
riches of the world, that they had not been stirred up to anger, to wars,
nor to bloodsheds; therefore they began to set their hearts upon their
140 Yea, they began to seek to get gain, that they might be
lifted up one above another; therefore they began to commit secret
murders, and to rob and to plunder that they might get gain. 141 And now behold, those murderers
and plunderers were a band who had been formed by Kishkumen and Gadianton.
But what caused the eventual rise in power of the Gadianton
2:28 And it came to pass that there were peace and
exceeding great joy in the remainder of the forty and ninth year; yea, and
also there were continual peace and great joy in the fiftieth year of the
reign of the Judges.
2:29 And in the fifty and first year of the reign of the
Judges, there was peace also, save it were the pride which began to
enter into the church; not into the church of God, but into the
hearts of the people who professed to belong to the church of God; and
they were lifted up in pride, even to the persecution of many of their
2:32 And it came to pass that the fifty and second year
ended in peace also, save it were the exceeding great pride which had
gotten into the hearts of the people; and it was because of their
exceeding great riches, and their prosperity in the land; and it did
grow upon them from day to day.
2:35 And it came to pass in the fifty and fourth year,
there were many dissensions in the church, and there was also a
contention among the people,
What did it lead to?
2:38 And in the fifty and seventh year, they did come down
against the Nephites to battle; and they did commence the work of death;
yea, insomuch that in the fifty and eighth year of the reign of the
Judges, they succeeded in obtaining possession of the land of Zarahemla:
yea, and also all the lands, even unto the land which was near the land
Bountiful; (political instability, ruin of government, overthrow by
2:44 Now this great loss of the Nephites, and the great
slaughter which was among them, would not have happened, had it not
been for their wickedness and their abomination which was among them;
yea, and it was among those also who professed to belong to the church
of God: (professing, but not acting)
45 And it was because of the pride of their hearts, because
of their exceeding riches, yea, it was because of their oppression to the
poor, withholding their food from the hungry, withholding their clothing
from the naked, and smiting their humble brethren upon the cheek, making a
mock of that which was sacred, denying the spirit of prophecy and of
revelation, murdering, plundering, lying, stealing, committing adultery,
rising up in great contentions, and deserting away into the land of Nephi,
among the Lamanites;
46 And because of this their great wickedness, and their
boastings in their own strength, they were left in their own strength;
therefore they did not prosper, but were afflicted and smitten, and driven
before the Lamanites, until they had lost possesion of almost all their
What other corruption did their pride lead to?
2:57 And thus seeing that their laws had become
corrupted, and that they had become a wicked people, insomuch that
they were wicked even like unto the Lamanites.
2:58 And because of their iniquity, the church had begun
to dwindle; and they began to disbelieve in the spirit of prophecy,
and in the spirit of revelation; and the judgments of God did stare them
in the face.
And what is the consequence for the people of God?
2:59 And they saw that they had become weak, like unto
their brethren, the Lamanites, and that the Spirit of the Lord did no
more preserve them; yea, it had withdrawn from them, because the
Spirit of the Lord doth not dwell in unholy temples;
2:62 And thus had they fallen into this great
transgression; yea, thus had they become weak, because of their
transgression, in the space of not many years.
And the consequence for the terrorists?
2:166 And thus they did obtain the sole management of the
government, insomuch that they did trample under their feet, and smite,
and rend, and turn their backs upon the poor, and the meek, and the humble
followers of God.
What is the desire of states/groups that sponsor terrorism? (Do
modern terrorists 'punish' each other for killing innocent people?)
2:148 And whosoever of those who belonged to their band,
should reveal unto the world of their wickedness and their abominations, should
be tried, not according to the laws of their country, but according to
the laws of their wickedness, which had been given by Gadianton and
How do they operate?
Helaman 2:145 But behold, Satan did stir up
the hearts of the more part of the Nephites, insomuch that they did unite
with those bands of robbers, and did enter into their covenants,
and their oaths, that they would protect and preserve one another, in
whatsoever difficult circumstances they should be placed, that they should
not suffer for their murders, and their plunderings, and their stealings. (Today,
even the terrorists were assumed to not have known each other from group
to group (common), to protect the secret identity of the group.)
What was the main foundation and pervasive characterstic of the
Nephi 1:50 And it came to pass that the
wicked part of the people began again to build up the secret oaths
and combinations of Gadianton.
Who was the author of the secret societies of terrorism? (Who is the
real author of Terrorism today?)
2:149 Now behold, it is these secret oaths and covenants,
which Alma commanded his son should not go forth unto the world, lest they
should be a means of bringing down the people unto destruction.
2:150 Now behold, those secret oaths and covenants did not
come forth unto Gadianton from the records which were delivered unto
2:151 But behold, they were put into the heart of
Gadianton, by that same being who did entice our first parents to partake
of the forbidden fruit; yea, the same being who did plot with Cain, that
if he would murder his brother Abel, it should not be known unto the
2:156 And behold, it is he who is the author of all sin.
And behold, he doth carry on his works of darkness and secret murder, and
doth hand down their plots, and their oaths, and their covenants, and
their plans of awful wickedness from generation to generation, according
as he can get hold upon the hearts of the children of men.
Helaman 3:66 And behold, they both belong
to your secret band, whose author is Gadianton, and the evil one
who seeketh to destroy the souls of men.
(make no mistake, this is a war between
good and evil, with Satan the evil side’s commander and chief).
What was their strongest defense against the enemy? (And what will
ours be in this day?)
2:47 But behold, Moronihah did preach many things unto the
people, because of their iniquity, and also Nephi and Lehi, who were the
sons of Helaman, did preach many things unto the people;
2:48 Yea, and did prophesy many things unto them concerning
their iniquities, and what should come unto them if they did not repent of
2:49 And it came to pass that they did repent, and inasmuch
as they did repent, they did begin to prosper;
2:50 For when Moronihah saw that they did repent, he did
venture to lead them forth from place to place, and from city to city,
even until they had retained the one half of their property, and the one
half of all their lands.
Just because the robbers were defeated once, did it mean the end of
the problem? (Does conquering al-Queida in Afganistan mean the threat is
Helaman 4:33 And thus in time, yea, even
in the space of not many years, they became an exceeding great band of
robbers; and they did search out all the secret plans of Gadianton; and
thus they became robbers of Gadianton.
What was their affect?
Helaman 4:34 Now behold, these robbers
did make great havoc, yea, even great destruction among the people of
Nephi, and also among the people of the Lamanites.
Was force justified to rid the nation of the terrorists?
2:144 And now it came to pass that when the Lamanites found
that there were robbers among them, they were exceeding sorrowful; and
they did use every means in their power, to destroy them off the face of
3 Nephi 1:48 And it came to pass in
thirteenth year, there began to be wars and contentions throughout all the
land; for the Gadianton robbers had become so numerous, and did
slay so many of the people, and did lay waste so many cities, and did
spread so much death and carnage throughout the land, that it became
expedient that all the people, both the Nephites, and the Lamanites,
should take up arms against them;
“Our nation faces a threat
to our freedoms, and the stakes could not be higher. We are the target of enemies who
boast they want to kill: kill
all Americans, kill all Jews, and kill all Christians.
“We’ve seen that type of
hate before, and the only possible response is to confront it, and to
“…We did not seek it, but
we will fight it and we will prevail.
-Words to the Nation from President George W. Bush
November 8, 2001
How were they hunted out?
Helaman 4:35 And it came to pass that it
was expedient that there should be a stop put to this work of destruction;
therefore they sent an army of strong men into the wilderness, and upon
the mountains to search out this band of robbers, and to destroy them.
(as of 9-28-01, American commandos in northern
Helaman 4:39 And they were also visited
with much destruction; and they were again obliged to return out of the
wilderness and out of the mountains, unto their own lands, because of the
exceeding greatness of the numbers of those robbers who infested the
mountains and the wilderness.
Helaman 4:40 And it came to pass that thus
ended this year. And the robbers did still increase and wax strong,
insomuch that they did defy the whole armies of the Nephites, and also of
the Lamanites; and they did cause great fear to come unto the people, upon
all the face of the land;
What does this scripture suggest?
3 Nephi 1:48 And it came to pass in
thirteenth year, there began to be wars and contentions throughout all
the land; for the Gadianton robbers had become so numerous, and did slay
so many of the people, and did lay waste so many cities, and did spread
so much death and carnage throughout the land, that it became
expedient that all the people, both the Nephites, and the
Lamanites, should take up arms against them; (That
eventually, even the nations supporting terrorism realized their own
destruction was immenent, unless they rid themselves of the problem.)
What was the ultimate cure?
2:66 And it came to pass that Nephi had become weary,
because of their iniquity; and he yielded up the judgment seat, and took
it upon him to preach the word of God all the remainder of his days, and
his brother Lehi also, all the remainder of his days; for they remembered
the words which their father Helaman spake unto them…. Helaman
2:74 And now my sons, remember, remember that it is upon
the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must
build your foundation,
3 Nephi 2:20 Yea, he said unto them, As
the Lord liveth, except ye repent of all your iniquities, and cry unto the
Lord, that they could in no wise be delivered out of the hands of those
3 Nephi 2:86 And now it came to pass that
when they had taken all the robbers prisoners, insomuch that none
did escape who were not slain, they did cast their prisoners into prison, and
did cause the word of God to be preached unto them;
What is the cure for the enemy?
2:164 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did hunt the
band of robbers of Gadianton; and they did preach the word of God
among the more wicked part of them, insomuch that this band of robbers
was utterly destroyed from among the Lamanites.
Did the prophets of the Book of Mormon forsee problems because of
secret combinations beyond their day?
Mormon 4:35 And it shall come in a day
when the blood of the saints shall cry unto the Lord, because of secret combinations
and the works of darkness;
What advice did these prophets, who saw their own civilizations
crumble because of secret acts of terrorism, give to us in the last days?
Ether 3:94 And now I, Moroni, do not
write the manner of their oaths and combinations, for it hath been made
known unto me that they are had among all people, and they are had among
the Lamanites, and they have caused the destruction of this people
of whom I am now speaking, and also the destruction of the people of
Nephi; (i.e. BOTH Jaredite and Nephite civilizations died due
to acts from secrect combinations leading to terrorism)
Ether 3:95 And whatsoever nation shall
uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall
spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed, for the Lord
will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by
them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them,
and yet he avenge them not;
Ether 3:96 Wherefore,
O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shewn
unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that
these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are
built up to get power and gain, and the work, yea, even the work
of destruction come upon you;