Lachoneus, son of Lachoneus, succeeded his father in AD 30. Lachoneus I was responsible, along with Gidgiddoni, commander of the army, for putting a stop to the rise of secret combinations in the land and restoring peace once again between AD 26 and AD 27. However, the peace was soon imperiled as the people began to forget the principles of righteousness and elevate themselves in arrogance and pride. “And the people began to be distinguished by ranks, according to their riches and their chances for learning; yea, some were ignorant because of their poverty, and others did receive great learning because of their riches.... And thus there became a great inequality in all the land, insomuch that the church began to be broken up”.
Inspired men were sent forth to preach repentance unto the people. Angered by this, judges and lawyers of high rank put these prophets to death and then conspired in a secret compact to protect the assassins from any action by the governor and chief judge of the land. In fact, they plotted to murder him and replace him with a king. “And they did enter into a covenant one with another, yea, even into that covenant which was given by them of old, which covenant was given and administered by the devil, to combine against all righteousness”. In the thirtieth year AD, they did in fact murder the chief judge of the land, Lachoneus II. Thereafter, the government disintegrated and the people separated themselves into self-governing tribes. Nephi, son of Nephi, went about preaching sacred gospel truths to the people, converting some and bringing them back to the paths of righteousness. Shortly thereafter, the destructions attending the death of the Savior spread over the land, destroying the murderers of the chief judge and all but “the more righteous part of the people”.