What are Secret Combinations?
Secret combinations are a common theme in the Book of Mormon. From that book of scripture we learn that a secret combination is an organization of people bound together by oaths to carry out the evil purposes of the group.
The devil, “the father of lies … stirreth up the children of men unto secret combinations of murder and all manner of secret works of darkness (2 Nephi 9:9).
In the Book of Mormon we also learn that “nations that uphold secret combinations shall be destroyed” (Ether 8:22–23). The works of Gadianton, who had formed a secret combination known as the Gadianton robbers, caused “almost the entire destruction of the people of Nephi.” (Helaman 2:4–13).
In the days of Joseph Smith, secret combination was a general term used in the United States to describe any clandestine group or plot, especially one in the political realm. Today the more common term is conspiracy and those involved are conspirators.
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