The City of Kishkumen; The Capitol of the Gadianton Robbers; The Land Southward

Greetings all my relations,

It is with great honor we continue reading the First Book of Pa-Natan;

Chapter 7:37-111

37)  And the Lord did direct them to travel up into the City of Kishkumen, even that city which was the very capital of the Gadiantonhem in the Land Southward.

38)  Now, this was cause for some concern in the hearts of the seven companions, for, they knew of the city and that of all cities in the Land Southward, Kishkumen was known to be the vilest and most wicked of places.

And they knew that the Nephites had often, in times past, attempted to root the Gadianton Robbers from out of the land.

But behold, every time that they regained their power in the land, it was from
Kishkumen that their influence flowed.

Wherefore, they were concerned that the prophets would wish to go into that region.

Notwithstanding their fears, however, they had pledged themselves unto them and
agreed to go up with them to the City of the Gadiantonhem.

39)  Now, Korim, who had been a slave in the City of Josh, and whose master had freed him and gave him leave to walk about the city in his name, he knew the ways of the Gadiantonhem, for he had somewhat to do with them in the past. For, since the day of his emancipation, he had made his way as a beggar before the people.

Wherefore, he could watch from his lowly station the activities of the rich. And behold, he was also known unto some of the robbers and also he knew the way into the city.

40)  For, the City of Kishkumen was built up in a curious way, not like the other cities in the land. Behold, it was accessible only through a narrow ravine through which a river flowed. And the road into it was treacherous and crossed the river at many places.

And also, if one knew not the exact entrance into the city itself, one might wander for days in the canyon and find nothing. But Korim had heard tell of the way into the city and thought he could guide them from the description he had heard.

41)  But behold, ere they even entered into the ravine itself, they were met by a party of men who were returning from their business and these men sought to rob them while they made their way.

But Korim strode forth to meet them and speak with them, saying:

42)  Behold, I am Korim and I am a beggar of the City of Josh.

I come with these my companions to deliver a message unto all the inhabitants of Kishkumen.

Will you guide us up to the city?

43)  And the leader of the band of robbers answered him, saying:

44)  A beggar of Josh, that is high praise.

There are not many who may lay claim to that title.

Do you wish to join us in our stronghold, beggar Korim, and become one of us?

45)  And Korim answered him, saying:

46)  Nay, I am satisfied to work as I do, there are among my party who have important intelligence to give unto the rulers of this city concerning the Land Northward.

Will you assist us, that they might deliver their message?

47)  Now, the Gadiantonhem were prevalent in the Land Southward.

Yea, they were to be found in all the cities, and in most, there were their members placed in the seats of the lesser judges.

Wherefore, all the land was plagued with the robbers and there was no where that was safe from them.

Yea, they were the common scourge of the Land Southward.

48)  Wherefore, there was also much competition among the robbers themselves and they were always hungry for intelligence about other places from which to take their spoils.

For, the robbers labored not to make their livings, but they stole what they needed and gained great wealth from theft.

Wherefore, the prophets were escorted into the City of Kishkumen by a band of the Gadiantonhem.

49)  Now, this was difficult for the prophets.

For, their father had gained great renown in the Land Northward in ferreting out the Gadiantonhem and preaching repentance unto them.

And behold, all they who would not repent from their wickedness, and who would not covenant to leave the land after he had ferreted them out, he did put to death with the sword.

For, the Gadiantonhem were wicked indeed, and Sahnempet was determined that they should not in any way destroy the peace of the land.

50)  Wherefore, he was led by the Spirit to find them outand to make every attempt to convert them to the ways and customs of the Nemenhah.

And many there were who did repent and they became Nemenhah, and behold, their children sit with us today in the temples.

51)  But, all those who would not convert or depart outof the land, Sahnempet did challenge to battle, and the bands being emboldened that he was but one man did always take up his challenge.

Wherefore, by the strength of his arm he did punish them, and by the strength and power of the Holy Ghost he did defeat them and put them to the sword.

But behold, Sahnempet had not as much need for this sort of strength as
his father, Hagmeni, for the Spirit was strong in him, even to the convincing of most.

52)  Wherefore behold, the thought of entering into the great capital and chief City of the Gadiantonhem was strange to them indeed.

And they proceeded in to the city unmolested and unharmed, for their escort thought them to be of like character to themselves.

53)  And when they had entered through the secret way into the city, they saw Shimnet, even their own brother, standing upon a low wall crying repentance unto the people of the city as they passed by him.

And behold, no one even looked up to hear his words and he was ignored by all.

And, when they approached their brother and recognized him, and he them, they all embraced each other and rejoiced.

54)  But behold, the robbers who had been their guides looked on and pondered what they saw.

For, Korim had told them that these people had intelligence from the Land Northward and they felt somewhat betrayed by him because they appeared now to be familiar with the lunatic who stood on the walls all the day long preaching of the destruction of their city.

55)  But they were not too surprised, and also perhaps a little pleased also.

For, the beggar had by lies and artifice convinced them to escort them safely into their city.

And this was the custom of the people of Kishkumen, that by stealth, lies and cunning, they made their livings.

Wherefore, they did respect Korim at least for his cunning in deceiving them.

And by this artifice the party did find favor, at least to some small degree, in the eyes of their guides who laughed at each other and at themselves because of the deception.

56)  And they determined among themselves that it would be foolishness to take these people up to the rulers of the city, for there was no profit in it for them.

Wherefore, they left them standing with their brother in the streets of Kishkumen.

57)  And behold, this was according to their custom with regard to those who were of not great risk or threat to the city.

For, the city was exceedingly difficult to assail by any body of men, but easy to access by any that was small enough to pass through along the secret way.

Wherefore, the city was open to any who was able to find their way into it, but closed to any army wishing to assail it.

For, the way in was steep and narrow and only wide enough for one man to pass in many places.

And, because of this, no army could enter the city, for, even a small party of men could defend it against thousands.

58)  Now, when the children of Ougou found themselves once again together, they embraced each other and rejoiced. And Shimnet took them to a small home which he had acquired and used for shelter during his stay in Kishkumen.

And when the party was made comfortable, they informed Shimnet of all that had
happened unto them in the cities where they had testified.

59)  And behold, when he related his story and made his report, they were all astonished. For, they believed that a prophet in this, the most wicked of cities in the land, must not be received with any favor at all by the people.

But Shimnet told a tale not of favor and acceptance, but that the people completely ignored him and his teaching.

And this did astonish the party.

And Shimnet inquired of them, saying:

60)  I am alike astonished and amazed as you are by my tale.

For, I believed that this City of vipers must have been the most wicked in all the land.

For behold, all the Gadiantonhem issue forth from this place to wreak havoc upon all the people in the Land Southward.

And I could not believe that I would be allowed to open my mouth at all before them.

61)  But, for all that Kishkumen is the seat of all wickedness and the capital of the Gadiantonhem, the people do treat with each other with justice within their own city.

Yea, there is not one person who does walk upon the streets of the city in hunger, or a thirst.

And, if one lacks clothing, it is freely given.

And for money, none lack.

Indeed, all give freely of their substance to the needy.

And, if you believe it not, look upon this little house of mine and ask me how I did acquire it and furnish it.

For, I came into the city without purse or script.

62)  And behold, it has been exceedingly difficult to testify against this city.

For, by comparison, the people live here just as we do in Mentinah, having all things is common. But, they do live by theft and by destruction and this is a great evil.

Wherefore, I do not make my comparison very strongly.

But behold, among their own, they live by charity and every person imparts to the needy from out of that substance they have stolen.

Does this not seem strange to you?

63)  And Korin, the beggar, answered him, saying:

64)  It is not strange at all, Shimnet.

For, this is the way that is forced upon all they who would live among the Nephites in comfort.

For behold, the Nephites do set the standard for who is rich and who is poor by their
pride.

And the poor are often cast out among them, or cast aside in their hearts.

This causes discontent in the hearts of many.

For, though they wish not to belike unto the Nephites in their hearts, their very
society causes to well within them the desire to get gain.

And, if they cannot get gain by the sweat of their face because of the vanity and the jealousy of the rich among the Nephites, they turn to theft to gain thereby.

65)  And Sanhagot spoke to them, saying:

66)  This must be our plan.

We must go among the people of this city and testify against the Nephites and
against their great pride and lust for gain.

We must in all things testify against the Nephites so that the people of this city may be drawn in to listen to our voices and hearken unto our words.

We shall not incite them to any kind of violence against the Nephites, but let us bring to their eyes the wickedness of this standard which has been set up by their brethren the Nephites.

Then, when we have the ear of the people, let us teach them how upright their own standard isand how they ought to use it for good.

Then we shall teach them of the right way to apply that which they already have as a custom among their own people.

Do you not think this is a good plan?

67)  And Him-pah-neth spoke, saying:

68)  Nay, brother, I do not think it a good plan at all.

For, though I see your intention, it is but a strategy and a deception.

Do you not think that these people, who live by deception and artifice, when they see the
deception, will not simply applaud the deception and go about their own business again?

69)  And behold, their business is evil.

We know how theydestroy all that they meet in the Land Northward.

And they insinuate themselves into positions of authority in cities and in governments in order to do their evil.

What does it matter that they come back here and treat each other amicably?

We must never forget that they do all manner of wickedness in the world at large and they do bring down whole societies with their evil.

70)  We are no deceivers.

Let us not teach the word of the Lord through any kind of deception.

We ought not think that we may teach true principles by weaving them in with false.

This is a thing our prophets have warned us will be the absolute destruction of the Nephites, and even the ruin in the latter days of they whom the Lord will use to spread His gospel among all nations.

Let us not take up this device before this people.

71)  And Korim answered her before Sanhagot, saying:

72)  Hearken unto your sister, Sanhagot, for she speaks wisely.

Do not believe that you can deceive these people with your words.

For, you are not one who can mix anything.

Your words are strong and true and they are filled with the Holy Ghost.

Do not darken counsel nor play games with these people.

For they will see through you and smile, and even appreciate your attempt to be like them.

But do not believe that this will cause them to want to become like unto you in return.

73)  And Sanhagot answered in his turn, saying:

74)  But, do you not think that the end justifies us in using this strategy?

For, which of you can say that the Nephite custom is good?

And I do agree with you, Korim, that it is the ways and customs of the Nephites
in perverting the right way of the Lord, that has given rise to the Gadiantonhem.

Wherefore, there is no real artifice in this plan.

Let us undertake to cause the people of this city to see the rightness of their ways,
with regard to themselves, and the very wrongness of their ways with regard to others.

And, if it seem deception, then let the end, which is greatly to be desired, justify the means we use to achieve it.

75)  But Him-pah-neth answered him, saying:

76)  Is any good end worth achieving by bad means.

Behold, the Spirit whispers to me that this will come to vanity.

For behold, this people are expert and accomplished in just what you propose to do.

Yea, they make their way in life entirely by such means.

And those of the Gadiantonhem who have made themselves great in the eyes of the Nephites, and are made judges unto them, do so by first convincing their neighbors of the righteousness.

Then, when they have acquired their desire, they turn the city to wickedness.

We cannot use such a device, for, you must recall that the Lord sent us into this land to
prepare the hearts of them that are willing to make a righteous sacrifice for their neighbors.

77)  Brother, I say unto you, This is not the way.

For, no good end is justified by evil means.

Behold, there will be many in this land at this time who will claim that the desired end does justify devious means, but it will never be so for all of their claiming.

And there will come a day when even the elect of God will contrive devious means in order that they might bring cause into the hearts of the Saints that they might do the things that their rulers think is expedient for them.

 And this will seem good to all for a time, but it will bring about the break up of the church in the last days.

78)  This has been seen by our prophets, and behold, it is part of the vision and foresight of Pa-Hementem and Shi-Tugohah, and the reason they set up Zion in our communities.

And our father, Hagoth, and indeed all the fathers of our people, did agree to do this. 

Let us not dishonor them by breaking with those good things revealed unto our fathers for our good.

Please, go now into a closet and pray mightily unto the Lord, that the Holy Ghost might direct us in our preaching unto this people.

79)  And Sanhagot did as his sister instructed.

He retired unto the place his brother, Shimnet, had set up for a place of prayer.

And he did entreat the Lord as to the best method and plan to use in order that they might accomplish the Lord’s design in the City of Kishkumen.

And behold, the Lord did visit him upon the Way.

And these are the words of the Lord unto him:

80)  Behold, Sanhagot my servant, I am pleased with thy zeal in wishing to put an end to the Gadiantonhem through the preaching of my word unto them.

And, it is a good intention, for, who can deny that to end the Gadiantonhem in their own city would not be beneficial unto all the people, both of the Land Southward and of the Land Northward.

In this desire of thy heart, I am well pleased.

81)  But behold, I say unto thee, I shall soon end My ministry unto Mine own people here in the land of thy origin and, when I have finished My work here, My own people will put Me to the death.

But, be of good cheer.

For, after that they have killed My body, for I shall give them leave to do even this, I shall rise again, according to that which was established from the beginning.

And I shall come unto Mine own again and all who believe on Me shall I redeem.

82)  And behold, Sanhagot my servant, in the moment of My death, and for as long as I lay in the tomb, there shall be a great destruction and tumult in this, the Land Southward.

And even in the Land Northward there shall be tumult, but not so severe as that calamity which shall come upon this people.

And all the truly wicked shall be destroyed from off the face of the Land Southward.

83)  Behold, I say unto thee, The day of which I speak cometh quickly.

Wherefore, stand up among this people and preach to them and prophecy of the coming destruction only.

They shall know of what sort they are and, in the day of destruction, they shall remember thy words unto them.

84)  But behold, unto all the cities where unto I have sent thee and thine, I shall visit with a fire from heaven.

For, the people of these cities wax gross in their iniquities and I will utterly destroy them, not by the natural calamity that will be fall other cities in this land, but by an all consuming fire out of heaven.

85)  And this is my commandment unto thee: Thou shalt preach my pure word unto this people and think not to convert them in any thing.

For they are most wicked and shall mock even Me to thy face.

Wherefore, thou shalt send thy brethren and thy sister away, to begin their journey back into thine own land. And thou shalt continue the work that thy brother Shimnet has begun here in this city until the day that I shall send thee also back into the lands of the Nemenhah, And then thou shalt go speedily out of this city, for the people will diligently seek to take away thy life.

But, be not fearful.

For, just as I have preserved thee in other places, I shall preserve thy life in this place also.

86)  And many other things did the Lord speak unto Sanhagotthat he would not share, for they are not to be spoken at this time.

But, to his credit, after that the Holy Ghost had confirmed inhim all that the Lord had
commanded him, Sanhagot did all the words of the Lord.

87)  And behold, he instructed his brethren and his sister to fly speedily out of the city, for the Lord had called him not to convert the people, but to testify unto them of their imminent destruction.

And they did follow his counsel, and all of the seven companions went with them out of the city, except Korim.

For, Korim had made a covenant to go with Sanhagot into what ever the Lord did command him.

88)  And the prophets and their companions did escape from the vilest and most wicked nest of vipers in all the land as easily as they had entered it.

For, no one molested them as they made their escape.

89)  But, Sanhagot and Korim remained in the city and set themselves up together on a embankment before the street which ran through it to preach unto the people.

And Sanhagot did preach mightily unto the people.

And these are the words he preached unto them:

90)  Behold, thus does the Lord God say unto this people:

91)  It would be good for all whoso liveth in the City of Kishkumen to look within themselves and examine their hearts.

For who of you declareth before God that thy heart is pure and ready to meet Him?

92)  Behold, how canst thou say that thou doest good in the sight of the Lord, thou who doest robbery?

And how canst thou declare that thou art worthy, thou who beatest a man for his coat and his goods?

Whoso among you counteth himself righteous who stealeth his neighbor’s house.

93)  But this is not all, thou nest of vipers!

Thus doth the Lord thy God say unto all this city:

94)  Repent speedily all you who live in this city!

For an hour of tribulation cometh upon all who live in this land.

Yea, unto some cities it is given that the earth riseth up and covereth them.

And unto others it is given and decreed that, where they did inhabit a valley, a mountain riseth up in the stead thereof.

And unto still others the sea riseth up by the decree of the great God and consumeth the inhabitants thereof, even every one.

Yea, this is the decree that I have set in the heavens, and I excuse not Myself.

95)  But behold, against all ye citizens of Kishkumen, I have decreed a decree in Mywrath concerning you that surpasseth all that shall come to pass unto the cities of the Land Southward.

Yea, it shall be unto thee, Oh City of vipers, as it shall be even unto all the cities that casteth out My prophets and spitteth upon them, and smiteth them, yea, and doeth whatsoever they will with them.

Yea, I declare unto thee, Kishkumen, it shall be unto thee as it shall be unto the Cities of Laman, Josh and Gad.

96)  Thou shalt perish with fire, even all thy houses and thy towers.

Thy streets and thy byways shall melt with heat, and thy fair gardens shall be a parchment.

Thy fountains shall burst and become a choking vapor, and thy storehouses shall become a furnace.

And all thy inhabitants shall run to and fro, but every one shall burn with fire and become a stubble. Yea,not one of thy people shall escape thy secret place, for a fire shall come down upon thee that none shall escape.

Yea, all thy goods and substance shall become ash and thy wine a poisonous vapor.

Thy courtyards and plazas, rich with fruit of every kind, shall blow away upon a scorching wind.

Thy paths and pleasant walkways shall be molten.

97)  Can any escape My wrath?

I say unto thee, Nay.

For, should there be any without thee, having not yet entered into thy secret path which leadeth up unto thy open gates, they shall choke with the fumes that shall issue forth out of thee.

Yea,thou shalt inhale the sweet air of the valley and exhale the noxious and
poisonous fumes of the death.

And behold, all who are caught by that breath, shall fall by the wayside and
shrivel up.

98)  Behold, this is the decree which I have decreed in My wrath against thee, Kishkumen.

Wherefore, it were good that all thy children should flee from thy bosom, oh mother of harlots!

For, thou shalt no longer have whereby they might suck at thy breast, being withered and burned.

And all thy teaching shall go down into the earth, molten.

Yea, all thy iniquity shall fly up into the air as ash and be dispersed.

99)  Yea, and give ear all the ends of the earth and let this be as a sign unto you.

For, if any city in this land doth ever again issue forth progeny born of filth and fornication, of lyings and cheatings, of murder and mayhem, it shall bring a similar ruin upon the land.

Yea, and if any nation in this fair land shall labor to produce again a vomitous issue, such as thou, Kishkumen, thou ravenous beast, hast done unto this nation, behold, and the people do nothing to prevent it, there shall come upon that nation a like calamity.

100) Behold, and it shall be as if a smoke and a fire of destruction cometh down upon them from heaven that none stayeth.

For, show Me the hand that contesteth against the Lord and prevaileth.

Yea, show Me the sword that contendeth against the Lord God!

For My word is as a two edged sword that parteth the sinew and spilleth out all wickedness upon the ground.

Think notto contend against the Lord thy God, but labor to appease My wrath before the day of its fullness.

For behold, I am patient with longsuffering.

But, when My wrath is kindled against the wicked, none can stay.

Nay, though thou riseth up even unto Me in the end, oh man, with prayings and entreaty, when My wrath is full, My ears are shut.

101) Wherefore, repent all ye who inhabit this evil place and flee even out of it while the day remaineth wherein you might make your flight.

For behold, there be but a narrow way in which to escape and but a short time left to affect it.

And, when the calamity is upon you, there remaineth no room for you to escape and you shall all die in your retreat.

Yea, your bodies shall heap up upon your secret way and your hidden city shall no longer be a safety for you.

Repent ye, and remove hastily from this place of horror.

102) And after this manner did Sanhagot preach the words of Christ’s warning unto the people of the City of Kishkumen.

Yea, for three days did he repeat the words which the Lord had given him to speak and he
moved not from upon the embankment in all that time, but continually preached the warning of the Lord unto the people.

103)  And behold, there were some who did heed the words of the prophet, but these were exceedingly few.

But the rest of the inhabitants did pass by him winking and scorning his words.

For, they believed him to be a madman, and they gave him no heed at all.

104) Wherefore, at the end of three days, the Lord did command Sanhagot to depart from the midst of the city and he did as the Lord commanded.

And behold, Korim did go with him and support him in all that he did and said.

105) And, when they had traveled two days out of the City of Kishkumen, they met again their companions who had camped along the way.

And behold, a great multitude had gathered unto them from out of all the places where unto they had gone to preach.

And they were found teaching and instructing the people in all that they should do to please the Lord.

106)  And, when they were seen of them, even from within the camp, the brethren of Sanhagot came out to greet them, and they fell upon them and kissed them.

107) For, the Lord had also visited them and told them all that He desired them to declare unto the people of Kishkumen, and they feared for them.

Nevertheless, the Lord had comforted them in their fear and they prayed all the day long that they would once again see the face of their brother.

Wherefore, they did feel blessed and thankful upon seeing them from away off approaching the camp, and they did run out to meet Sanhagot and Korim upon the road.

108) And when they had recounted unto each other all thathad transpired, they determined that the day of which the Lord had spoken must be near indeed. And, giving instruction unto all the people that they nurture and succor each other, they struck their camp and made ready to return even unto the Land Northward.

109) But behold, many of the multitude did also desire that which the seven companions of Sanhagot had desired of them.

Yea, they desired to repent and purify themselves before God and make a strait way before the Lord.

Wherefore, the brethren of Ougou bid all that would follow them out of the land to follow them, that they might come into the Land Northward and become Nemenhah.

And the people rejoiced and declared that this was the desire of their hearts.

And the number of them were fifty and two men and seventeen women and twelve little children.

110)  And behold, the brethren of Ougou and Him-pah-neth did baptize them in water and gave them the gift of the Holy Ghost to guide them.

And they instructed them in all the ways of the Nemenhah and exhorted them to lift each other up and support each other and notmurmur against each other when the way became hard before them.

111) For behold, they knew that they could not get home following the way they had come, for they were become a large party and there would be no boats to take them back the way they had come. And they knew also that they might be forced to traverse the Land of Desolation even on foot in order to reach the borders of the Land Northward.

Wherefore, they instructed all the people to have patience and charity one
for another, for they knew the way would be hard.

Chapter Eight

To be continued…cj

*Sanhagot (a Missionary to the Land Southward) (m)
Genealogy:
Paternal Grandfather: Hagmeni son of Hagoth {Sr.}/Father Hagoth/Hagotl/Father Hagotl/Ha-ahgotl and Abinah
Paternal Grandmother: Hemintem daughter of Cumenihah/Cumeni (One of the Twins) and Pa-Mohah
Father: Sahnempet
Mother:  Pah-hem/Minempah
Brothers:  Shigath and Shimnet (who were all Missionaries to the Land Southward), and Ougou/Ogah-ohuh (who was High Priest of Mentinah, the record keeper and the first High Priest chosen by Jesus Christ when He visited Mentinah) (all sons of Sahnempet and Pah-hem)
Sisters:   Hempapet,  Him-pah-neth  (a  Missionary  with  her  brothers  to  the  Land  Southward),  Pa-Akim,  and  PaHeminaht (who married Shi-Muel/Samuel the Lamanite) (all daughters of Sahnempet and Pah-hem)
Known For:
Sanhagot was a missionary to the land southward with his brothers;

 Shigath and Shimnet, and sister, Himpah-neth, just prior to the destruction which occurred down there at death of Jesus Christ.
References:  1 Pa Natan 1:15

 

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