Gidgiddoni

Nephite commander, prophet

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Gidgiddoni

Gidgiddoni was captain over the Nephite forces during a fierce engagement with the Gadianton robbers around AD 16 to AD 21. Lachoneus, chief judge and governor of the Nephite nation, had arranged for his people to be gathered to a safe haven encompassing the cities of Zarahemla and Bountiful, with provisions sufficient to last some seven years. Meanwhile, Gidgiddoni, who was as strong a spiritual leader as he was a skilled military commander, took steps to strengthen the Nephite defenses to the maximum extent possible. “Now it was the custom among all the Nephites to appoint for their chief captains,. The Gadianton robbers came in force against the Nephite stronghold in the year AD 19 under the command of their leader, Giddianhi. They were repelled after a fierce battle, their numbers either slain or dispersed into the wilderness, and Giddianhi was killed. Later on, Giddianhi’s successor, Zemnarihah, attempted without success to besiege the capital. Gidgiddoni and the Nephite military staged nocturnal forays to decimate the enemy forces and prevent their escape. Those who were not slain were taken prisoner. Zemnarihah was captured and executed and the people, renewed in their covenants, gave thanks to the Lord for deliverance. The imprisoned Gadianton robbers were taught the gospel. Those who believed and forsook their sins and evil desires by covenant were liberated. The rest were punished under the law. That occurred around AD 21. In the wake of Gidgiddoni’s service, the people experienced a period of peace. “And now it was Gidgiddoni, and the judge, Lachoneus, and those who had been appointed leaders, who had established this great peace in the land”.

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

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