The tenure of Helaman, son of Helaman, as chief judge over the land lasted from around 50 BC to 39 BC. It was at the same time that Gadianton and those in secret combinations came to power. In fact, it was only the shrewd intervention of Helaman’s servant that prevented Kishkumen, Gadianton’s accomplice, from murdering the chief judge. Gadianton had persuaded Kishkumen that power and glory awaited him if he would kill Helaman. Consequently, Kishkumen was on his way to the judgment seat to kill Helaman, not realizing that one of Helaman’s servants had infiltrated the ranks of the secret combination and had learned of the assassination plot. This servant intercepted Kishkumen and, giving him “a sign” of the brotherhood , persuaded Kishkumen of his allegiance and was granted partnership in the conspiracy.
Now this did please Kishkumen exceedingly, for he did suppose that he should accomplish his design; but behold, the servant of Helaman, as they were going forth unto the judgment-seat, did stab Kishkumen even to the heart, that he fell dead without a groan. And he ran and told Helaman all the things which he had seen, and heard, and done.
Helaman immediately tried to seize the perpetrators, but they had already escaped into the wilderness and could not be found. Because of the intervention of his servant, Helaman was able to continue leading his people. Under his leadership, they “did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God”.