3 Nephi 3-4: Gadianton Robbers Threaten the People

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 158–159

Have you ever been afraid because of the wicked influences in the world? The scriptures teach us that “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7), and “if ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30). In 3 Nephi 3–4, the Gadianton robbers tried to strike fear in the hearts of the faithful. As you study these chapters, notice how the Nephites and Lamanites responded to evil with faith instead of fear.


Understanding the Scriptures

3 Nephi 3

Firmness (vv. 2, 5)Solid commitment, steadfastness
In their arms (v. 3)With their weapons
Feeling for your welfare (v. 5)Concerned about you
Morrow (v. 8)Next
Extinct (v. 8)Destroyed
Dissented, dissenting (vv. 10–11)Rebelled, rebelling
Proclamation (v. 13, 22)Message, announcement
Exert themselves (v. 16)Make great efforts

3 Nephi 4

Sally (v. 1)Rush
Game (vv. 2, 20)Animals for food
Plunder (vv. 4–5)Steal, take by force
Provisions (vv. 4, 18–19)Supplies
Subsist (vv. 4–5)Survive
Girded about (v. 7)Dressed
Shorn (v. 7)Shaved bald
Supplicate (v. 10)Plead with
Commenced (v. 11)Began
Lay siege (vv. 16–18, 23)Surround and attack
Scantiness (v. 19)Lack

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study 3 Nephi 3–4.

Activity A iconRecognize and Overcome Evil Influences

  1. 1.

    List what Giddianhi and Zemnarihah did and said in 3 Nephi 3:1–10; 4:7, 16–23 that reminds you of Satan’s methods and temptations.

  2. 2.

    How could you apply the counsel of Lachoneus and Gidgiddoni in 3 Nephi 3:11–22, 24–26; 4:8–10, 15, 18, 33 to overcome Satan’s attacks today?

Activity B iconDress to Impress

  1. 1.

    Describe how the Gadianton robbers dressed (see 3 Nephi 4:7–8) and explain why you think they dressed that way. Did it seem to work?

  2. 2.

    Describe a situation in your life when you wanted to give a certain impression by the way you dressed.

  3. 3.

    Summarize the counsel given by our Church leaders on “Dress and Appearance” as given in the For the Strength of Youth booklet.