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Said Giddianhi: And behold, I am Giddianhi; and I am the governor of this the secret society of Gadianton; which society and the works thereof I know to be good; and they are of ancient date and they have been handed down unto us.

3 Nephi 3:9

But the Gadiantons are only about 40 years old! They’re not ancient! They started with Kishkumen’s murder of Pahoran the Younger:

Now when those people who were desirous that he should be their governor saw that he was condemned unto death, therefore they were angry, and behold, they sent forth one Kishkumen, even to the judgment-seat of Pahoran, and murdered Pahoran as he sat upon the judgment-seat.

Helaman 1:9

That wasn’t that long before 3 Nephi 3:9. So how are they ancient? Well, he’s aren’t talking about the Gadiantons. He’s talking about the works and how the works “are of ancient date”. The evil works of robbing and murdering and plundering is Satan’s work, and that started in the pre-existence:

Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, and also, that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused that he should be cast down.

Moses 4:3

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