Satan does not sit idly by as the kingdom is being built. When “we revolt at anything which comes from God, the devil takes power” (TPJS, 181). The Nephite dissenters stirred up the Lamanites again, and it was undoubtedly begun by their revolting against the things of God (vv. 24–25). Their growth seems to cover more than just the eightieth year. As Mormon is abridging; he is speaking of not many years, but probably more than one (vv. 26–27).