One of the biggest themes of the fall of Nephite civilization is the way the Nephites engaged in corruption conspiracies called secret combinations. In the Book of Mormon the Book of Helaman is full of examples of corrupt Nephites creating secret combinations to increase their power.
And he went unto those that sent him, and they all entered into a covenant, yea, swearing by their everlasting Maker, that they would tell no man that Kishkumen had murdered Pahoran.
Therefore, Kishkumen was not known among the people of Nephi, for he was in disguise at the time that he murdered Pahoran. And Kishkumen and his band, who had covenanted with him, did mingle themselves among the people, in a manner that they all could not be found; but as many as were found were condemned unto death. (Helaman 1:11-12)
In these verses we see that corrupt Nephites decided to conspire together to protect each other from the government. They conspired to work together and hide their actions from the people in an attempt to increase their power at the expense of everybody else.
But behold, Kishkumen, who had murdered Pahoran, did lay wait to destroy Helaman also; and he was upheld by his band, who had entered into a covenant that no one should know his wickedness.
For there was one Gadianton, who was exceedingly expert in many words, and also in his craft, to carry on the secret work of murder and of robbery; therefore he became the leader of the band of Kishkumen.
Therefore he did flatter them, and also Kishkumen, that if they would place him in the judgmentseat he would grant unto those who belonged to his band that they should be placed in power and authority among the people; therefore Kishkumen sought to destroy Helaman. (Helaman 2:3-5).
These verses show that the goal of secret combinations is power of everybody else and they are willing to kill and murder to get it.
But behold, Satan did stir up the hearts of the more part of the Nephites, insomuch that they did unite with those bands of robbers, and did enter into their covenants and their oaths, that they would protect and preserve one another in whatsoever difficult circumstances they should be placed, that they should not suffer for their murders, and their plunderings, and their stealings.
And it came to pass that they did have their signs, yea, their secret signs, and their secret words; and this that they might distinguish a brother who had entered into the covenant, that whatsoever wickedness his brother should do he should not be injured by his brother, nor by those who did belong to his band, who had taken this covenant.
And thus they might murder, and plunder, and steal, and commit whoredoms and all manner of wickedness, contrary to the laws of their country and also the laws of their God.
And whosoever of those who belonged to their band should reveal unto the world of their wickedness and their abominations, should be tried, not according to the laws of their country, but according to the laws of their wickedness, which had been given by Gadianton and Kishkumen.
Now behold, it is these secret oaths and covenants which Alma commanded his son should not go forth unto the world, lest they should be a means of bringing down the people unto destruction.
Now behold, those secret oaths and covenants did not come forth unto Gadianton from the records which were delivered unto Helaman; but behold, they were put into the heart of Gadianton by that same being who did entice our first parents to partake of the forbidden fruit—
Yea, that same being who did plot with Cain, that if he would murder his brother Abel it should not be known unto the world. And he did plot with Cain and his followers from that time forth.
And also it is that same being who put it into the hearts of the people to build a tower sufficiently high that they might get to heaven. And it was that same being who led on the people who came from that tower into this land; who spread the works of darkness and abominations over all the face of the land, until he dragged the people down to an entire destruction, and to an everlasting hell.
Yea, it is that same being who put it into the heart of Gadianton to still carry on the work of darkness, and of secret murder; and he has brought it forth from the beginning of man even down to this time.
And behold, it is he who is the author of all sin. And behold, he doth carry on his works of darkness and secret murder, and doth hand down their plots, and their oaths, and their covenants, and their plans of awful wickedness, from generation to generation according as he can get hold upon the hearts of the children of men.
And now behold, he had got great hold upon the hearts of the Nephites; yea, insomuch that they had become exceedingly wicked; yea, the more part of them had turned out of the way of righteousness, and did trample under their feet the commandments of God, and did turn unto their own ways, and did build up unto themselves idols of their gold and their silver. (Helaman 6:21-31).
This is a long series of verses and it gets to the heart of secret combinations. Secret combinations are all about power and the ability to live degenerately. The goal of getting into a secret combination is to commit sexual sin. It is to have a lot of money at other’s expense. It is to create relationships to help people get rich quick at somebody else’s expense.
It’s critical to see that when the Nephites found out secret combinations were running wild in their society, their reaction was to join the secret combinations. They loved the idea of getting rich at their neighbor’s expense. They all saw the scam and they wanted in on it. They wanted to get in on the sexual degeneracy. They hoped that they would be the one’s committing the whoredoms and sexual sins while excluding everybody else.
Condemning the righteous because of their righteousness; letting the guilty and the wicked go unpunished because of their money; and moreover to be held in office at the head of government, to rule and do according to their wills, that they might get gain and glory of the world, and, moreover, that they might the more easily commit adultery, and steal, and kill, and do according to their own wills— (Helaman 7:5).
In this verse we see the end goal of secret combinations which is power, the ability to commit adultery, the power to steal at will and murder and do whatever they want at everybody else’s expense.
In modern America secret combinations are rampant and very powerful. Let’s look at a few of them. A few years ago there was an investment banker named Sage Kelly. He worked investing in the healthcare field. Being an investment banker in healthcare isn’t a great job, but Sage Kelly was able to earn far more than others in his industry. What was his secret? Did he work harder than everybody else?
What he did was have wild parties for healthcare executives. He would have drug fueled partner swapping parties with him, his wife the other executive and the other executive’s wife. Before long he had gotten the business of all the other elites in his industry. Of course it all ended in tears when his wife filed for divorce and the whole story came out. From the Sage Kelly example we can see how he used sexual degeneracy to get everybody else’s business. He learned all of these guys’ dirt secrets and participated in group adultery. By joining together in degenerate drug fueled partner swapping parties, these corrupt business men joined themselves together in a secret combination and Sage Kelly became rich until his secret was exposed.
Another great example of a secret combination working to undermine the will of the people is the Republican party for the 2016 presidential nomination. Did you ever wonder why there were originally 17 Republican candidates for president? It is because the goal of the Republican elites was to nominate Jeb Bush. The Bush family is very powerful, but unpopular. They knew they would struggle to get Jeb! more than 20% of the vote. Their plan was to spit off every group of Republican voters off onto small candidates like Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, etc. If 10 or more candidates all got 7 to 10% of the vote and Jeb got 20% of the vote, Jeb could get the nomination. This plan worked well in 2012 when the Republican party bosses pulled the same stunt to get Mitt Romney nominated for president, even though Romney was a good man. In 2016 this combination failed due to Donald Trump appearing on the scene and blowing that combination to pieces.
Another great example of secret combinations is Hollywood and the casting couch. One of the ways that Hollywood screens who gets cast for parts and who doesn’t is by seeing which actors and actresses are willing to give themselves sexually to Hollywood producers and executives. Hollywood wants girls who are willing to prostitute themselves for jobs because the girls who are willing to prostitute themselves will be more obedient to Hollywood and easier to control and work with. Hollywood wants to work with young men who are willing to allow themselves to be sodomized by creepy old men because being involved in a horrific and embarrassing act means these young men are totally dependent on Hollywood.
Think about a young man who wants to be an action actor. If he gives himself up sexually to creepy Hollywood producers and executives they have lots of dirt on him. He can’t go and build up himself because they will just reveal his secret and he will lose his fame. Nobody wants to cheer for an action hero who was sodomized to get his role. Hollywood runs on sexual degeneracy. It keeps everybody in line and dependent on each other. Hollywood’s casting couch is a perfect example people using sexual degeneracy to increase their own power.
The Book of Mormon is clear that secret combinations are dangerous. They will destroy whole societies. The cases of Wall Street sexual corruption, political corruption from the Republican party and Hollywood demonstrate that 3 of America’s most powerful and influential institutions are completely controlled by secret combinations who use money, influence and sexual degeneracy to get money and power. Joseph Smith never could have imagined a society completely controlled by secret combinations. The Book of Mormon being full of references to secret combinations shows that Joseph Smith was inspired by God and the Book of Mormon is valid scripture.