Growth of Rival Churches
Nephite Decline and Downfall
Two hundred years have passed, and the Nephites have multiplied, and live in prosperous wealth.
The economic affluence of the people causes them to be prideful, and social classes begin to develop, causing the church to struggle.
Within ten years, other churches begin to sprout up; they deny many points of the gospel all while claiming to know Christ.
One church denies Christ, and begins to persecute the original church; some disciples are thrown into prisons, but they are able to miraculously escape.
Just as the Jews sought to kill Jesus, the competing churches try to destroy the original believers.
Two Centuries of Zionist Utopia