Mormon Church Parallels to Gadianton Robbers
Posted by skiutah on Friday, April 4, 2008
Elder Ballard, Ensign Nov, 1997: “The Gadianton robbers … they have secret signs and code words. They participate in secret rites and initiation ceremonies.”
Mormon temple ceremony?
3 NE 1:29: The Gadianton robbers use lies and flattering words to get converts.
3 Ne. 6:12: The Gadianton robbers rank themselves according to wealth and education.
Stake presidents? GAs? Apostles?
Sperry Symposium on the Book of Mormon 1991, p.246 – 247: “…to the Gadianton robbers, we see example after example of those who professed principles that were opposite to what the truth really is…”
Polygamy, racism, evolution, treatment of women, church history, and so on…
George Reynolds, A Dictionary of the Book of Mormon: “Gadianton was a crafty, capable man, full of strategy and cunning; a flatterer… bound its members together by the most horrible and blasphemous oaths and covenants…”
JS and the temple ceremony?
Monte S. Nyman et al., Helaman through 3 Nephi 8, According to Thy Word, p.169 – 170, speaking about Gadiantons: “For instance, most good people do not have any aspirations to join organizations that are universally considered to be evil. But they can dwindle into believing seemingly proper, yet false, philosophies taught to them by respectable people and naively participate in hurtful practices and attitudes without fully realizing what they are doing.”
President Heber C. Kimball, JD, 26 vol, 11, p.85: “The atmosphere of many parts of these mountains is doubtless the abode of the spirits of Gadianton robbers, whose spirits are as wicked as hell…”
This has got to be Park City, Utah, right? 😉