A glaring example of dialog clumsiness in the Book of Mormon…
It’s impossible to imagine these words being etched into metal plates without forethought. Joseph Smith’s oral dictation stumbles through these verses in a telling and self-damning manner:
“& behold in the end of this Book ye shall see that this Gadianton did prove the overthrow
ofyea alsmost the entire destruction of the people of Nephi behold I do Cdo not mean the end of the Book of Helaman but I mean the end of the Book of Nephi from which I have taken all the account which I have written[.]”
Helaman 2:13-14, The Handwritten Book of Mormon (West Valley City, UT: Dan Wees, September 2017), 513.