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Not only did the people set up a false and bad king over the land, they did it by killing the governor (verse 1). They overthrew the government by distracting and disqualifying its people.
And the people were divided one against another; and they did separate one from another into tribes, every man according to his family and his kindred and friends; and thus they did destroy the government of the land (verse 2).
So rather than being united as one people, Satan had divided the people against each other, and so conquered them. Instead of being one people, the people became leaders of themselves (verse 3).
They still did not have wards, because they still were facing toward the Lord. They had not yet turned away from Him, but Satan did have them distracted (verse 5).
Besides distracting the people and disqualifying them from righteousness, the actual rules of the government were also destroyed (verse 6). There was great contention in the land, so much that even those who had been righteous very nearly became wicked (verse 7). The people began to turn from their righteousness back to old sins and transgressions (verse 8).
The robbers gathered themselves together again, and elected a new leader (verse 9). They called him a king (verse 10), and they united themselves in hatred rather than righteousness (verse 11). This false king tried to win over the people with false flattery (verse 12).
The people, still under the illusion they were keeping the peace, now thought that not fighting each other was keeping-the-peace. This is, indeed, an illusion. There is far more to making peace, far more to offering peace, than just not-fighting and not-being-at-war (verse 14).
The prophet Nephi witnessed the people turning from righteousness to wickedness (verse 15), and did grieve for their hard hearts(verse 16). He testified to them of the Lord Jesus Christ, and did minister unto the people “with power and with great authority” (verse 17). He did many miracles (verse 19), but those who rejected the prophets were again angry – even with the evidence happening right in front of them (verse 20). He healed the sicknesses of many, and “did truly manifest unto the people that they had been wrought upon by the Spirit of God” (verse 22).
But again, those who did not have faith were angry again (verse 18). Because they were hard and angry instead of being soft and forgiving, there were not many converts that year; “but as many as were converted did truly signify unto the people that they had been visited by the power and Spirit of God, which was in Jesus Christ” (verse 21).
He taught them about repentance (verse 24), and baptism in water for the forgiveness of sins (verse 25).