“That Same Being Who Did Plot with Cain”

Brant Gardner

Redaction: Mormon defends the recordkeepers from any possible charge of negligence that may have led to the band’s proliferation. The oaths were not part of the record that Alma2 delivered to Helaman1. Therefore, the Gadiantons arose directly due to Satan’s influence. Mormon designates Satan as the origin of the first murder (Cain’s) to underscore that murder for gain is an important aspect of the Gadianton covenant.

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 5