|2:1 And it came to pass in the forty and second
year of the reign of the judges, after Moronihah had
established again peace between the Nephites and the
Lamanites, behold there was no one to fill the
judgment-seat; therefore there began to be a contention
again among the people concerning who should fill the
|2:2 And it came to pass that Helaman, who was the
son of Helaman, was appointed to fill the judgment-seat,
by the voice of the people.
|2:3 But behold, Kishkumen, who had murdered
Pahoran, did lay wait to destroy Helaman also; and he was
upheld by his band, who had entered into a covenant that
no one should know his wickedness.
|2:4 For there was one Gadianton, who was
exceedingly expert in many words, and also in his craft,
to carry on the secret work of murder and of robbery;
therefore he became the leader of the band of Kishkumen.
|2:5 Therefore he did flatter them, and also
Kishkumen, that if they would place him in the
judgment-seat he would grant unto those who belonged to
his band that they should be placed in power and
authority among the people; therefore Kishkumen sought to
|2:6 And it came to pass as he went forth towards
the judgment-seat to destroy Helaman, behold one of the
servants of Helaman, having been out by night, and having
obtained, through disguise, a knowledge of those plans
which had been laid by this band to destroy Helaman--
|2:7 And it came to pass that he met Kishkumen, and
he gave unto him a sign; therefore Kishkumen made known
unto him the object of his desire, desiring that he would
conduct him to the judgment-seat that he might murder
|2:8 And when the servant of Helaman had known all
the heart of Kishkumen, and how that it was his object to
murder, and also that it was the object of all those who
belonged to his band to murder, and to rob, and to gain
power, (and this was their secret plan, and their
combination) the servant of Helaman said unto Kishkumen:
Let us go forth unto the judgment-seat.
|2:9 Now this did please Kishkumen exceedingly, for
he did suppose that he should accomplish his design; but
behold, the servant of Helaman, as they were going forth
unto the judgment-seat, did stab Kishkumen even to the
heart, that he fell dead without a groan. And he ran and
told Helaman all the things which he had seen, and heard,
|2:10 And it came to pass that Helaman did send forth
to take this band of robbers and secret murderers, that
they might be executed according to the law.
|2:11 But behold, when Gadianton had found that
Kishkumen did not return he feared lest that he should be
destroyed; therefore he caused that his band should
follow him. And they took their flight out of the land,
by a secret way, into the wilderness; and thus when
Helaman sent forth to take them they could nowhere be
|2:12 And more of this Gadianton shall be spoken
hereafter. And thus ended the forty and second year of
the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
|2:13 And behold, in the end of this book ye shall
see that this Gadianton did prove the overthrow, yea,
almost the entire destruction of the people of Nephi.
|2:14 Behold I do not mean the end of the book of
Helaman, but I mean the end of the book of Nephi, from
which I have taken all the account which I have written.