The Takeover of the AMERICAN Government by the Gadianton Robbers

According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles; That every man may act . . . according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment. Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another. And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood. (D&C 101:77-80) 

A government subject to the voice of the people was established among the Nephites for this same purpose. (Mosiah 29:30, 32, 38)

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(The Following Is Insight From Sister Emily Christensen, Phd.)

Helaman 2: The End of Times & Gadianton Robbers Today

We are in the days of Helaman, already, now.
This pattern of that time is evidenced to be playing out all around us, even now.
The prophets have said so.
In the October 2001 General Conference, President Hinckley said:
The Book of Mormon speaks of the Gadianton robbers, a vicious, oath-bound, and secret organization bent on evil and destruction. In their day they did all in their power, by whatever means available, to bring down the Church, to woo the people with sophistry, and to take control of the society.
The he likens this to us in our day:
We see the same thing in the present situation.  We are people of peace. We are followers of the Christ who was and is the Prince of Peace. But there are times when we must stand up for right and decency, for freedom and civilization, just as Moroni rallied his people in his day to the defense of their wives, their children, and the cause of liberty (see Alma 48:10).
So to follow the pattern the prophet has set, we must look at the pattern the prophet pointed out.
To understand the pattern, we must liken it to ourselves (see 1 Nephi 19:23).
Specifically for our time, we know the Book of Mormon provides a pattern for preparing us for the second coming of Christ.  Ezra Taft Benson said:
“. . . in the Book of Mormon we find a pattern for preparing for the Second Coming. A major portion of the book centers on the few decades just prior to Christ’s coming to America. By careful study of that time period we can determine why some were destroyed in the terrible judgments that preceded His coming and what brought others to stand at the temple in the land of Bountiful and thrust their hands into the wounds of His hands and feet.”
So as we liken it to ourselves, we know it is in the context of the Latter-days.
To start, we find the pattern of what actually happened in the story and being aware of how it applies in our society today:
The first example from back then was they used flattery to win over the people (Helaman 2:5).
Their primary purpose is to overthrow the free government of the people in exchange for a single person or select (elite) group ruling by power and wealth (see Alma 51).
 We are already ruled by the elite upper class, both politically and socially, and our society (globally) is becoming more and more polarized!
Next, they convinced the people by being “experts in many words” (Helaman 2:4).
NOW:  This is the “sophistry” of which President Hinckley warned.
The Book of Mormon speaks of the Gadianton robbers, a vicious, oath-bound, and secret organization bent on evil and destruction. In their day they did all in their power, by whatever means available, to bring down the Church, to woo the people with sophistry, and to take control of the society.  We see the same thing in the present situation.
Sophistry is a type of deception that is done through rhetoric, or fancy speeches.  It comes from the Greek σόφισμα, sophisma, from σοφίζω, and is used as one who confers wisdom as in σοφιστής, sophistēs, meaning “wise-ist, one who does wisdom, one who makes a business out of wisdom”.
 In response to these Gadianton robbers, the prophets point out that the subtle plans are not “accidental”, but studied out and pre-meditated for the sole purpose of removing the liberty of the people, even their freedom of worship (see Alma 8:17).
NOW:  We are taught in the very same way at every General Conference, every Stake Conference, and ever Ward Conference.  This what we are told, over and over again: to remain vigilant and active, so that we are not subtly led away without being aware.  We are told to remain true to our covenants, and to do the small and simple things that keep us on that path.  We are told to go to the Temple regularly and often, so that we can see clearly and know the difference between right and wrong, and thus choose well (right).
The prophets warn the people that they are losing their agency, freedom, and liberty by these subtle plans, and warn them that if they do not wake up and choose well then all the people will face the consequences!  The prophet calls for the people to repent and choose righteousness, and then to stand up for righteousness despite what persecutions and calamities will come (see Alma 10:17).
Also, notice that when the Gadianton robbers were successful in winning over the Nephite people, the Nephite people were destroyed by those same tactics.  They were won over by flattery and pride, and they were destroyed by neglecting the poor and meek and followers of God (and so failed to keep their covenants to establish the church or follow the laws of their covenants) (see Helman 6:39).

Because the Nephites, as a people, had betrayed their covenants and allowed all of this to take place, and because they had refused to repent when the prophet warned them, the prophet had to take the next step of sealing the heavens.  This created a famine that reminded the people of their dependence upon God, giving them another opportunity to repent (Helaman 11).
 In the 1998 October General Conference, President Hinckley reminded us of a pattern (he was very clear that he was not necessarily prophesying) from the time of Joseph, about the dream and fulfillment of 7 years of plenty and 7 years of famine. Seven years later, in 2005 October General Conference, President Hinckley reminded us of this vision again, telling us to get our houses in order.    It is also common to point out that in both the 1998 and 2005 talk, President Hinckley used the word “portent”.
The economy is a fragile thing.  A stumble in the economy in Jakarta or Moscow can immediately affect the entire world. It can eventually reach down to each of us as individuals. There is a portent of stormy weather ahead to which we had better give heed.
How portentous are the words of revelation found in the 88th section of the Doctrine and Covenants concerning the calamities that should befall after the testimonies of the elders. The Lord says:  “For after your testimony cometh the testimony of earthquakes, that shall cause groanings in the midst of her, and men shall fall upon the ground and shall not be able to stand. And also cometh the testimony of the voice of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the voice of tempests, and the voice of the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds.  And all things shall be in commotion; and surely, men’s hearts shall fail them; for fear shall come upon all people” (D&C 88:89–91).
A “portent” is an omen, something that foreshadows a coming event, something that is prophetic and significant, something that is threatening and calamitous and about to occur (“soon” is implied).
President Hinckley expressly said in 1998 that he was not prophesying, but he did say his warning was “portent”.  In 2005, he did not say he was not-prophesying, but again said the warning was portenous.
So it follows the pattern of all prophets, that first (1998) we are given a warning to repent and avoid the consequences.

In the 1931 General Conference, in response to the oncoming Great Depression (which had been warned about very similar to the way we have been warned by President Hinckley), President Irvin said this:
Just be calm and turn to the Lord. It is not the result of any occurrence of the immediate past. We have been gradually drifting toward it for years and years, and personally I have known that it would come, and I bore witness of it from this stand to the people a year ago. I applied it to my own affairs. I pleaded with the people to put their houses in order and get out of debt, for I knew this was coming, because God himself through his Only Begotten Son had declared it.  There is nothing that men can do, nothing that we can do that will avert the fulfilment of those sayings, and it is not the design of our Father in heaven at all either. It is simply the result of our own lack of wisdom, of our own disposition to he selfish, of the accumulation of the wealth of the country in the hands of a few men which prevents its equal distribution among the masses.  Now, my brethren and sisters, if the Church has anything to say to you it will come from them direct and not from the writings of other men. It will come to you in a manner that you will understand it. It will not be speculative. It will come to you philosophically, truthfully and governed by common sense.
We have seen calamities in the past, and we will see them in the future.
As always, they are reminders to turn to the Lord and follow the prophet.
In the pattern of the Gadianton robbers, the famine is bad enough that people cannot survive without stealing and plundering.  This caused wars, just so that people could find food by stealing it from other peoples (3 Nephi 4:5).   This led to some justification, so that the people thought it was good and right because they were getting food (again trading inheritance for porridge).  They were also (falsely) justified in what they did by saying that what they did was of ancient times, as if that added authority (see 3 Nephi 3:9).
And that is part of the pattern of the Gadianton Robbers: it all started with members who fell away, who did not keep their covenants, who left the church to attack it.  These were not people who did not know better, or people who were innocent by ignorance.  These were people who knew, who had knowledge (knowledge = mysteries = ordinances).  That’s how they were able to give powerful, wordy speeches to win over the people, because they knew so much.  They had to have the truth first, before they could twist it into falsehoods and deception and subtle oppression.  Heber C. Kimball said:
“. . . it is the wickedness that will rise up in the Church that will cause us trouble.  It is now as it was in the days of Jesus and the Prophets.  We read in the Book of Mormon that the Gadianton robbers came down from the mountains–they robbed, plundered, and in many instances slew the Saints.  I can tell you, brethren and sisters, that we have similar characters in these mountains, who are making pretty rapid progress in preparing to destroy this people.  This I know to my sorrow.”
It is what destroyed the Jaredites (these Gadianton Robbers were descendants of them, actually), and it is what destroyed the Nephites, and they will try to woo us away from the Church also, in the same ways.
In response to this understanding, Mormon said (see Ether 8):
Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you… For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning. Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men, but that they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved.

 We are, NOW, in the final chapters of Helaman and entering 3 Nephi.
He is soon to come, and soon to purge, and soon to establish His government.
It is a joyful thing, not a fearful thing, for it is the proof of our faith and the fulfilling of long-awaited promises.


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