Nephite Decline and Downfall
The people begin to divide into groups labeled like the societies of previous centuries; the beilevers assume the identiy of Nephites, Lamanites, Jacobites, Josephites, and Zoramites.
The unbelievers assume the labels of Lamanites, Lemuelites, and Ishamelites; they rebel against the gospel, and are taught to hate the believers.
The unbelieving population soon grows larger than the group of believers.
The secret Gadianton organizations are revived, and pride corrupts the people’s hearts—Jesus’ three disciples begin to sorrow for the sins of the world.
The Gadianton influence spreads to the point that all groups become equally evil and corrupt.
Growth of Rival Churches
Ammaron and the Nephite Records