1 And it came to pass that I spake unto my brethren, saying: Let us go up again unto
Jerusalem, and let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord; for behold
he is mightier than all the earth, then why not mightier than Laban and his fifty,
yea, or even than his tens of thousands?
2 Therefore let us go up; let us be strong like unto Moses; for he truly spake unto
the waters of the Red Sea and they divided hither and thither, and our fathers came
through, out of captivity, on dry ground, and the armies of Pharaoh did follow and
were drowned in the waters of the Red Sea.
3 Now behold ye know that this is true; and ye also know that an angel hath spoken
unto you; wherefore can ye doubt? Let us go up; the Lord is able to deliver us, even
as our fathers, and to destroy Laban, even as the Egyptians.
Lyle Cottle, Devotional Speech given at BYU Hawaii October 12, 2012
Brother Cottle shares gripping stories of when he was guided by the Spirit
8 And when I came to him I found that it was Laban.
9 And I beheld his sword, and I drew it forth from the sheath thereof; and the hilt
thereof was of pure gold, and the workmanship thereof was exceedingly fine, and I
saw that the blade thereof was of the most precious steel.
John A. Tvedtnes, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Volume 6 Number 1
10 And it came to pass that I was constrained by the Spirit that I should kill Laban;
but I said in my heart: Never at any time have I shed the blood of man. And I shrunk
and would that I might not slay him.
Val Larson, 2007. Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Studies
11 And the Spirit said unto me again: Behold the Lord hath delivered him into thy
hands. Yea, and I also knew that he had sought to take away mine own life; yea, and
he would not hearken unto the commandments of the Lord; and he also had taken away
12 And it came to pass that the Spirit said unto me again: Slay him, for the Lord
hath delivered him into thy hands;
13 Behold the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes. It is
better that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in
14 And now, when I, Nephi, had heard these words, I remembered the words of the Lord
which he spake unto me in the wilderness, saying that: Inasmuch as thy seed shall
keep my commandments, they shall prosper in the land of promise.
19 And after I had smitten off his head with his own sword, I took the garments of
Laban and put them upon mine own body; yea, even every whit; and I did gird on his
armor about my loins.
20 And after I had done this, I went forth unto the treasury of Laban. And as I went
forth towards the treasury of Laban, behold, I saw the servant of Laban who had the
keys of the treasury. And I commanded him in the voice of Laban, that he should go
with me into the treasury.
21 And he supposed me to be his master, Laban, for he beheld the garments and also
the sword girded about my loins.
22 And he spake unto me concerning the elders of the Jews, he knowing that his master,
Laban, had been out by night among them.
28 And it came to pass that when Laman saw me he was exceedingly frightened, and
also Lemuel and Sam. And they fled from before my presence; for they supposed it
was Laban, and that he had slain me and had sought to take away their lives also.
29 And it came to pass that I called after them, and they did hear me; wherefore
they did cease to flee from my presence.
30 And it came to pass that when the servant of Laban beheld my brethren he began
to tremble, and was about to flee from before me and return to the city of Jerusalem.
31 And now I, Nephi, being a man large in stature, and also having received much
strength of the Lord, therefore I did seize upon the servant of Laban, and held him,
that he should not flee.
32 And it came to pass that I spake with him, that if he would hearken unto my words,
as the Lord liveth, and as I live, even so that if he would hearken unto our words,
we would spare his life.
Richard Dilworth Rust, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 3/1 (1994): 39-52
Abstract: Repetition appears purposefully within Book of Mormon narratives as a
principle of reinforcement and confirmation. It seems that every important action,
event, or character is repeated in the Book of Mormon. These repetitions emphasize
the law of witnesses at work within the book (e.g., “in the mouth of three witnesses
shall these things be established”; Ether 5:4). Further, they underscore the relevance
of one character or action to people living in a different time, and they link narratives
together with what Robert Alter calls “type-scenes.” Analyzed in detail as particularly
striking are threefold repetitions in Nephi’s task to retrieve the brass plates and
repetition of the word power in the missionary endeavor of the sons of Mosiah. Larger
repeated narratives treat escape and travel to a promised land; repentance; and the
nature, rise, and effect of secret combinations.
33 And I spake unto him, even with an oath, that he need not fear; that he should
be a free man like unto us if he would go down in the wilderness with us.
34 And I also spake unto him, saying: Surely the Lord hath commanded us to do this
thing; and shall we not be diligent in keeping the commandments of the Lord? Therefore,
if thou wilt go down into the wilderness to my father thou shalt have place with
35 And it came to pass that Zoram did take courage at the words which I spake. Now
Zoram was the name of the servant; and he promised that he would go down into the
wilderness unto our father. Yea, and he also made an oath unto us that he would tarry
with us from that time forth.