Gidgiddoni and Lachoneus
Gidgiddoni is the name of a man that is described in The Book of Mormon – Another Testament of Jesus Christ. In his day, he was both a prophet and a military leader. His people were attacked by what we might describe in our day as terrorists. In fact, Gidgiddoni’s people were faced with the prospect of complete annihilation. It was up to this leader to help his people survive. Gidgiddoni became the ultimate prepper.
According to the government order of their day, a man named Lachoneus was the “Chief Governor” over all the land. I don’t know what the equivalent would be to us in our day, but from my readings I get the impression that Lachoneus was to his people what the POTUS is to us. Like Gidgiddoni, Lachoneus became an ultimate prepper.
Lachoneus had received a letter from someone that we might consider similar to al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed Caliph of the so-called “Islamic State.” The letter came from Giddianhi, the leader of a terrorist organization known as “The Gadianton Robbers,” so named because a man named Gadianton was one of the founders of the organization. This Giddianhi demanded that Lachoneus hand over all his people’s lands, possessions, and loyalties, or else they would be wiped out. This wasn’t some empty threat. It was clear that Giddianhi intended to make good on his word. Take a look at what the scripture says that Lachoneus did when he knew of Giddianhi’s intentions:
12 Now behold, this Lachoneus, the governor, was a just man, and could not be frightened by the demands and the threatenings of a robber; therefore he did not hearken to the epistle of Giddianhi, the governor of the robbers, but he did cause that his people should cry unto the Lord for strength against the time that the robbers should come down against them.
13 Yea, he sent a proclamation among all the people, that they should gather together their women, and their children, their flocks and their herds, and all their substance, save it were their land, unto one place.
14 And he caused that fortifications should be built round about them, and the strength thereof should be exceedingly great. And he caused that armies, both of the Nephites and of the Lamanites, or of all them who were numbered among the Nephites, should be placed as guards round about to watch them, and to guard them from the robbers day and night. 3 Nephi Chapter 3
Lachoneus, knowing that the future belongs to the prepared, appointed “Chief Captains” of his armies, and Gidgiddoni was the “Chiefest among all the Chief Captains.” Lachoneus and Gidgiddoni, from this time forward, served to help their people prepare to defend themselves against the robbers of Gadianton.
22 And it came to pass in the seventeenth year, in the latter end of the year, the proclamation of Lachoneus had gone forth throughout all the face of the land, and they had taken their horses, and their chariots, and their cattle, and all their flocks, and their herds, and their grain, and all their substance, and did march forth by thousands and by tens of thousands, until they had all gone forth to the place which had been appointed that they should gather themselves together, to defend themselves against their enemies.
25 And they did fortify themselves against their enemies; and they did dwell in one land, and in one body, and they…did repent of all their sins; and they did put up their prayers unto the Lord their God, that he would deliver them in the time that their enemies should come down against them to battle.
26 …And Gidgiddoni did cause that they should make weapons of war of every kind, and they should be strong with armor, and with shields, and with bucklers, after the manner of his instruction. 3 Nephi Chapter 3
Know the Enemy
The preparations of these two righteous leaders were not limited to food and supplies. They knew their enemy. The enemy had become used to living off of plunder. They murdered and stole from others to feed themselves. Lachoneus and Gidgiddoni knew that the enemy could not long survive without being able to plunder for their survival. That is why the plan was so excellent. The good guys had thoroughly and sufficiently prepared and had gathered all of their strength, and the enemy was powerless to rob them.
After many failed attempts to rob the “preppers,” the robbers eventually realized that they had no choice but to attack the group with their armies. The robbers failed miserably and many of them were killed, including their leader, Giddianhi. Those that remained, including their new leader, Zemnarihah, waited a couple of years, and then attempted to “lay siege” to the people of Lachoneus. They thought that if they cut them off from their surroundings, they could cause them to give in. I guess they didn’t know that Lachoneus and Gidgiddoni had already prepared for a long-term entrenchment.
The robbers became so weak that Lachoneus and Gidgiddoni were able to send out their armies and completely surround them. Many of the robbers were slain, and the rest were taken prisoner. Take notice of what the people of Lachoneus and Gidgiddoni said after the victory had finally been obtained:
30 And they did rejoice and cry…with one voice, saying: May the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, protect this people in righteousness, so long as they shall call on the name of their God for protection.
31 And it came to pass that they did break forth, all as one, in singing, and praising their God for the great thing which he had done for them, in preserving them from falling into the hands of their enemies.
32 Yea, they did cry: Hosanna to the Most High God. And they did cry: Blessed be the name of the Lord God Almighty, the Most High God.
33 And their hearts were swollen with joy, unto the gushing out of many tears, because of the great goodness of God in delivering them out of the hands of their enemies; and they knew it was because of their repentance and their humility that they had been delivered from an everlasting destruction. 3 Nephi Chapter 4
Take notice that the people in this epic story did not say that they were delivered because of their own strength, or their own wisdom.
Think about it. What does the wisdom of men say today? It says that preppers are crazy. It says that there is no reason to go to any strenuous effort to be prepared for disaster. It says that people who seek to prepare themselves and their families are imbalanced.
That would all be true if it weren’t for one very important fact: God has already made us aware that HE wants us to prepare. That is the factor that ought to motivate every single one of us.
The people of Lachoneus and Gidgiddoni were delivered from their enemies because of their repentance and humility. Repentance and humility is a process of changing one’s heart from seeking to rebel against God, to seeking to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. If the people had ignored the call of Lachoneus to prepare, they would have been destroyed. The same is true for all of us.
We are like the people of Lachoneus and Gidgiddoni. The question isn’t whether or not something is coming. We know that it is. Disaster awaits the world because the world marches steadily on towards disaster, ignoring the warning signs along the way. The question is one of whether or not you and I will repent and be humble enough to trust in God by doing what he has asked us to do: prepare.