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If Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon, why would he include Nephi killing an unarmed man in the first few pages? Surely this would cause many to immediately reject the book so why include it right at the start?

The story of Nephi killing Laban is a stumbling block for many yet it appears within the first few pages of the Book of Mormon. 

Why would Joseph write into the book a major stumbling block for a large part of his intended audience? Why would Joseph include this story which would turn people away from the book even before the reader has had a chance to see many of the:

Wouldn’t it have been better to not include this story at all if Joseph had written the book himself?


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