In 18 AD, the Gadiantons come down and start taking possession of all the lands the Nephites have deserted. But there is nothing left for them to plunder. The Nephite/Lamanites took all the food and survival items with them. The Nephites gathered everything into the center and have enough to subsist on for seven years, in the which time they hope to defeat the robbers.
This year passes by, and in the next one, Giddianhi realizes he has to send his men against the whole might of the Nephite nation. They can only survive by plundering and robbing, and there is nothing left for them to plunder. Their circumstances are dire.
When they come against the Nephites, they are a fearsome looking army. Shaved heads, blood-stained lambskins around their loins. Headplates. The Nephites bow themselves to pray to God, and the robbers assume they’re quivering in fear.
But in this thing they were disappointed, for the Nephites did not fear them; but they did fear their God and did supplicate him for protection; therefore, when the armies of Giddianhi did rush upon them they were prepared to meet them; yea, in the strength of the Lord they did receive them.”3 Nephi 4:10
Do I put my trust in God over man? Who do I serve most in my daily life? Am I spending hours on social media or other distracting pursuits, or am I communing with God and doing things to build His kingdom?
The Nephites battle with might and drive the robbers back, although there is a loss of lives on both sides. Gidgiddoni commands his armies to drive them back and slay all in their path until they reach the wilderness. Giddianhi is slain, and the war ends (for now).
The next year passes away without any confrontation. The year 21 AD passes, and the robbers lay siege, hoping to cut off the Nephites from all their sources of survival. Zemnarihah is now their wicked leader. The siege is in vain, because the Nephites are prepared to outlast them.
Do I have a sufficient supply of spiritual resources stored up to withstand the adversary’s attacks?
The robbers don’t have enough to subsist on. They are growing weak, and the Nephites keep coming out and picking them off by the thousands. Zemnarihah marches his robber force out to the edges of the land. But Gidgiddoni thwarts him by sending out part of his army to cut them off.
After sleeping, the robbers march forth to find the Nephites in front and in back of them. Many yield themselves up prisoners. The rest are slain. Zemnarihah is “hanged upon a tree, yea, even upon the top thereof until he was dead. And when they had hanged him until he was dead they did fell the tree to the earth, and did cry with a loud voice, saying: (28)
May the Lord preserve his people in righteousness and in holiness of heart, that they may cause to be felled to the earth all who shall seek to slay them because of power and secret combinations, even as this man hath been felled to the earth.”3 Nephi 4:29
The Nephites are overcome with relief and joy. They praise God in their victory. This is important to remember to do, in order to remain humble, and not be lifted up in pride.
And their hearts were swollen with joy, unto the gushing out of many tears, because of the great goodness of God in delivering them out of the hands of their enemies; and they knew it was because of their repentance and their humility that they had been delivered from an everlasting destruction.”3 Nephi 4:33
Repentance is the key to having God’s power with us. Am I using this precious tool and gift enough?
Resources: Come Follow Me manual – Book of Mormon 2020