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According to the Book of Mormon, Gidgiddoni was a prophet and the commander of the Nephite armies in the war between the Nephites and the Gadianton robbers. He was appointed in about AD 16 by Lachoneus to lead the armies because he had the spirit of revelation and of prophecy. He demonstrated his wisdom by refusing the people's desire to wage offensive war against the robbers[1].

Gidgiddoni at their head, the Nephites were able to defeat the robbers and end the life of Giddianhi in AD 19. The robbers tried again in AD 21, with a man named Zemnarihah leading them, but Gidgiddoni knew of the robbers' weaknesses and exploited them, making it impossible for them to retreat, and the Nephites took as many prisoners as would surrender, while putting the rest to death. Zemnarihah, however, was hanged[2].

Finally, after the destruction of the band of robbers, Lachoneus and Gidgiddoni brought peace to the Nephites[3]. Gidgiddoni is not mentioned further in the scripture after this.

References

  1. 3 Nephi 3:17-21
  2. 3 Nephi 4:13-14, 23-26
  3. 3 Nephi 6:6
Preceded by
unknown, if any; eventually Moronihah
Nephite military leader
AD 16-28
Succeeded by
unknown, if any; eventually Mormon

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