Understanding the Scriptures
|Lay wait (v. 3)||Secretly wait|
|Combination (v. 8)||Group organized to act in secret|
Helaman 2:8—What Is a Secret Combination?
Gadianton’s band, or organization, was a secret combination. Secret combinations are groups of people who use wicked methods to gain power and wealth. They operate in secret because they seek to deceive and take advantage of others. They operate by fraud, murder, and deception and are the enemies of honest governments and good people everywhere. They are willing to do whatever is necessary to advance their causes. Modern prophets have warned us that there are organizations today that are as dangerous as the Gadianton bands were in the time of the Nephites.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study Helaman 2.
Identify Key Elements
Give a Modern Example
Considering what you learned from doing activity A, write about how your life might be affected by secret combinations.
How do you think we can help prevent the spread of secret combinations?