And it came to pass that the Lamanites did hunt the band of robbers of Gadianton; and they did preach the word of God among the more wicked part of them, insomuch that this band of robbers was utterly destroyed from among the Lamanites. And it came to pass on the other hand, that the Nephites did build them up and support them, beginning at the more wicked part of them, until they had overspread all the land of the Nephites, and had seduced the more part of the righteous until they had come down to believe in their works and partake of their spoils, and to join with them in their secret murders and combinations. And thus they did obtain the sole management of the government.”

Mormon, from his abridgment of the Book of Helaman 1

I testify that… [s]ecret combinations lusting for power, gain, and glory are flourishing… [They are] more highly organized, more cleverly disguised, and more powerfully promoted than ever before… A secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries is increasing its evil influence and control over America and the entire world.”

President of the Church, Ezra Taft Benson 2


1. The Book of Mormon

Helaman 6:37-39, (emphasis added)

2. General Conference

October 1988 General Conference talk, I Testify (emphasis added)

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