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Book of Mormon studies, Gadianton robbers, Zemnarihah Book of Mormon hanging, law of Moses


The Book of Mormon details the execution of a leader of the Gadianton robber band in the following words: "And their leader, Zemnarihah, was taken and hanged upon a tree, yea, even upon the top thereof until he was dead. And when they had hanged him until he was dead they did fell the tree to the earth, and did cry with a loud voice, saying: May the Lord preserve his people in righteousness and in holiness of heart, that they may cause to be felled to the earth all who shall seek to slay them because of power and secret combinations, even as this man hath been felled to the earth" (3 Nephi 4:28-9).