Gid

Nephite military officer

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Gid

Gid, a captain under Helaman, provided great service during a time of major confrontations between the Nephite and Lamanite armies. Helaman had taken many prisoners during the recovery of the cities of Antiparah and Cumeni around 63 BC. The number of prisoners was so large that guarding and feeding them in the midst of military operations became a serious challenge. Helaman therefore commissioned Gid to be “chief captain over the band who was appointed to guard them down to the land of Zarahemla]”. Simultaneous with the dispatch of Gid and his men came a sudden attack by the Lamanite army stationed in the area. That army had become emboldened with the arrival of new provisions sent by Ammoron, the king. Two factors were responsible for saving Helaman and his army under these circumstances. One was the heroic fighting of the 2,060 stripling warriors—depending totally on “the miraculous power of God, because of their exceeding faith”. The other was the unexpected return of Gid and his soldiers in time to bolster the Nephite fighting power. As a result, the Lamanites were forced to retreat to the [city of Manti.

Gid later explained that word had come to his people, as they accompanied the prisoners to Zarahemla, that the Lamanite forces were marching on the city of Cumeni to retake it. The prisoners took courage at the news and rose up against their guards. As a result, Gid was forced to turn against them and “the greater number of them were slain” , while the remainder escaped. No longer responsible for the prisoners, Gid and his men returned just in time to assist Helaman. A short time later Gid helped in recovering Manti from the Lamanites. While Helaman, with his small army, drew the enemy out of Manti in pursuit of them, Gid and his men lay in wait concealed. After the Lamanites had left in pursuit of Helaman’s army, Gid and another Nephite military leader named Teomner moved their respective units into Manti and took over the city—which had been left with only a few guards. Helaman was able to reach Manti by another route during the night. “And thus it came to pass, that by this stratagem they] did take possession of the [city of Manti without the shedding of blood”.

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

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