From the time that Nephi drew Laban’s sword from its sheath and slew him with it, the weapon held special significance for the Nephite nation. Several studies have shown that Nephi intentionally connected his slaying of Laban with David’s slaying of Goliath, and that in both cases, the event signified the young hero’s foreordained kingship. The symbolic importance of Laban’s sword helps explain why the Nephite prophets revered it and also why it was included as one of the...