“Those Armies of Robbers Had Prepared for Battle”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

As was noted in the previous chapter, the Nephites are led by men of faith, men who put their trust in the Almighty God, who act and work according to principle. On the other hand, the Gadianton leaders are motivated by greed and gain- they exist solely to acquire.

In addition, the Nephite leaders are visionaries, men who are in tune with the Infinite, whose motives are pure and whose attitudes are selfless, and who can read clearly the spiritual vital signs of the people they serve. The secret society of Gadianton is directed by malevolent men, persons whose craving for power and profit is so great that they are unable to make the kind of reasoned judgments and the kind of far- reaching preparations which would stand them in good stead in the future.

Despite their terrible appearance, the Gadianton warriors were no match for Jehovah-Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts. He who promises to fight the battles of the faithful, of those who hearken to his word and go at his call, even he defeated the secret society in this episode. Yes, the Nephites were properly prepared for war, but God was their general and He it was who brought the victory.

Giddianhi was slain while fleeing from the battlefield; the robbers’ next leader Zemnarihah, was hanged on a tree; and those followers who did not suffer a similar death became prisoners of the Nephites.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4