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|Title||KnoWhy #172 - How Was a Void in Leadership Dangerous for the Nephites? (Helaman 1:2)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Assassination; Captain Moroni; Chief Judge; Kishkumen; Leadership; Nephite; Paanchi; Pacumeni; Pahoran (Chief Judge); Shiblon; Voice of the People; Warfare|
After the deaths of Helaman, Moroni, Shiblon, and Chief Judge Pahoran, the Nephites were left with a noticeable void in good leadership. When Pahoran’s three sons all sought for the judgment seat, political intrigue, assassinations, and social unrest ensued. Secretly influencing and guiding this social upheaval were the Gadianton robbers, who themselves were seeking to control the government through secret oaths and murder. From this narrative, modern readers can better understand the importance of good leaders, as well as how to identify and thwart secret combinations in their own day.
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