Cezoram

Wicked chief judge of Nephites

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Cezoram

In the year 30 BC when Nephi, son of Helaman, yielded up his seat as chief judge of the land to devote himself full-time to the ministry, he was replaced Cezoram. It was a time of considerable political unease, when “they who chose evil were more numerous than they who chose good, therefore they were ripening for destruction, for the laws had become corrupted”. Nephi and his brother Lehi had great success as missionaries, bringing about a spiritual reformation among both Nephites and Lamanites. “And behold, there was peace in all the land”. The peace was short-lived. In the year 26 BC, Cezoram was murdered “by an unknown hand as he sat upon the judgment-seat”. His son, appointed by the people as his successor, suffered the same fate. The perpetrators were members of the Gadianton band, who shortly thereafter gained control of the government.

(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

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