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“Why would it be necessary to kill Laban to obtain the plates? Is that the only solution that God could think of? The excuse given by the Spirit to Nephi (‘…better that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief – 1 Ne[phi] 4:13) is the same excuse given by the high priest Caiaphas for killing Jesus (‘…it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not – John 11:50).”

see 1 Nephi 4:10-14, Book of Mormon (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, September 2008), 8; Richard Packham,