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Secret combinations tools of Lucifer -- evil organizations can destroy latter-day nations

Several passages in the Book of Mormon deal with the secret combinations that arose among the Jaredites and among the Nephites, and indicate that like evil organization would arise among the gentile nations in the last days.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie, in The Millennial Messiah (pp. 64-68), wrote about how Book of Mormon authors record that secret combinations brought to pass the destruction of the Jaredites and the Nephites and warn that such groups will bring similar destruction on any latter-day nations that permit them to gain an ascendancy."Secret combinations are tools of Lucifer to accomplish his purpose and to destroy the works of God," Elder McConkie wrote. "The devil `stirreth up the children of men unto secret combinations of murder and all manner of secret works of darkness.' (2 Ne. 9:9.) . . .

"Shortly before the wicked were destroyed at the time of the crucifixion, the Gadianton robbers obtained the sole management of the government' among the Nephites,insomuch that they did trample under their feet and smite and rend and turn their backs upon the poor and the meek, and the humble followers of God.' (Hel. 6:39.) Their minions filled the judgment-seats'; they usurpedthe power and authority of the land,' laid aside the commandments of God,' flouted justice, condemnedthe righteous because of their righteousness,' and let the guilty and the wicked go unpunished because of their money.' They sought to get gain and glory of the world, that they mightmore easily commit adultery, and steal, and kill, and do according to their own wills.' (Hel. 7:4-5.)

"These Nephite descriptions of the secret combinations of their day give us an understanding of what their prophets meant when they spoke of like evil organizations in the last days."

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