This chapter shows an interesting study. After peace was declared between the Nephites and Lamanites and both nations became followers of Christ, the tables turned and the Lamanites began preaching the gospel to the Nephites. Both nations became prosperous, and without the threat of war between them, they began to “seek to increase their riches above each other” (v. 17). Enter again the secret combinations of murder. The converted Lamanites used every means available to them to destroy this new batch of Gadianton robbers, but the Nephites supported them until they obtained “the sole management of the government” (v. 39). About this note two things: 1) the Nephites’ downfall happened very quickly, in about a year’s time, and 2) the Lamanites “utterly destroyed” the Gadianton robbers, not by war, treachery or revenge, but by preaching “the word of God among the more wicked part of them” (v. 37).