How to Understand the Book of Mormon

How to Understand the Book of Mormon is a masterpiece of organization and simplification of many aspects of the Book of Mormon, designed to help its readers grasp and comprehend what they are reading. PART ONE divides the book into 12 sections, each about 40-50 pages in length. The Book of Mormon chapters are outlined and summarized, with key items and teachings highlighted and explained. PART TWO provides Book of Mormon references on 332 topics: the most comprehensive listing of Book of Mormon doctrines and teachings in print! PART THREE contains special charts and explanations. This book can be a very useable and useful guide to your Book of Mormon study.  How to Understand the Book of Mormon will truly be of great value to you and to every Book of Mormon reader.


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    by Duane S. Crowther

    Topics: Book of Mormon, Reading Guide, Doctrinal Guide, Charts, Special Helps, Writings of Isaiah,  Major Messages, Book of Mormon History, Book of Mormon Geography 

    How to Understand the Book of Mormon is a valuable guide to enjoying and comprehending the ancient American scriptures. It’s a very useable guide to Book of Mormon study. (1) It is a simplified reading program. (2) It is a useful chapter-by-chapter outline and summary. (3) It is a doctrinal analysis and (4) an in-depth topical guide to the Book of Mormon. Carefully designed to increase reader understanding, the book is especially helpful for personal or group Book of Mormon study. It’s great for investigators, new members, young students, and those reading the Book of Mormon for the first time. Teachers of courses on the Book of Mormon will easily recognize its value also.

    In Part I, The Reading Guide, the Book of Mormon is divided into twelve portions of from 40 to 50 pages. Each portion contains a simple story outline which indicates the major historical events which transpire and simplifies Book of Mormon study. Then, chapters of special interest are listed, and passages of doctrinal importance are summarized into concise units. These summaries help the reader to follow the major messages on a verse-by-verse basis. Difficult passages, such as the chapters quoted from the writings of Isaiah, are examined and given special explanations in their historical context. Each period can be of whatever length you select: a week, two weeks, a month. But setting and calendaring a section-by-section reading goal target date is a motivational key to your real scripture-study progress. Section 1 is First Nephi. Section 2 is Second Nephi chapters 1-25, etc. as outlined below.

    Part II is a useful Doctrinal Guide to the hundreds of important teachings found in the Book of Mormon. Passages are listed under related headings, with the Table of Contents serving as a simple index to 332 topics. This doctrinal analysis is the most comprehensive list of Book of Mormon themes in print and should prove invaluable to every Book of Mormon student. Looking up the listed references on selected subjects can prove to be an excellent opportunity for in-depth Book of Mormon study.

    Part III contains Charts and Special Helps which will aid in understanding the Book of Mormon. They tell in simple form of the various groups that migrated to the Americas, of the plates upon which the records were kept, and of how God protected the writings to come forth in the last days. The basic elements of Book of Mormon geography are discussed, and the authors and keepers of the sacred records are listed. These all serve to provide added insights and comprehension to your Book of Mormon study.

    How to Understand the Book of Mormon is a vital study tool which will serve as a lifetime reference to those who love the Book of Mormon.

               Table of Contents


    Week 1—First Nephi

    Week 2—Second Nephi 1-25

    Week 3—Second Nephi 26-33, Jacob, Enos, Jarom, Omni, Words of Mormon

    Week 4—Mosiah 1-22

    Week 5—Mosiah 23-29, Alma 1-8

    Week 6—Alma 9-26

    Week 7—Alma 27-44

    Week 8—Alma 45-63

    Week 9—Helaman 1-16

    Week 10—Third Nephi 1-18

    Week 11—Third Nephi 19-30, Fourth Nephi, Mormon

    Week 12—Ether, Moroni


    What the Book of Mormon says about:

    1. Why the Book of Mormon was written
    2. Studying the scriptures (3 topics)
    3. Book of Mormon relationships to the Bible (8 topics)
    4. Book of Mormon peoples, customs and practices (8 topics)
    5. Book of Mormon geography (6 topics)
    6. The nature of God (19 topics)
    7. The atonement of Jesus Christ (12 topics)
    8. Basic Gospel principles (57 topics)
    9. The Church of Jesus Christ (14 topics)
    10. Revelation and prophecy (12 topics)
    11. Miracles (8 topics)
    12. God’s plan of salvation (22 topics)
    13. Death (6 topics)
    14. Righteous living (50 topics)
    15. Becoming godlike and sanctified (13 topics)
    16. Relationships with others (9 topics)
    17. Money (2 topics)
    18. Negative emotions (5 topics)
    19. Satan and evil (26 topics)
    20. False churches and doctrines (7 topics)
    21. Blessings and judgments upon nations (14 topics)
    22. America in the last days (11 topics)
    23. The house of Israel (4 topics)
    24. Government (9 topics)
    25. Liberty and war (6 topics)

             Total: 332 topics


    1. Periods of prophetic fulfillment in the writings of Isaiah
    2. A simplified chart of the peoples of the Book of Mormon
    3. The plates received by Joseph Smith
    4. Ancient prophets prepared for the loss of the Book of Mormon manuscript
    5. Basic elements of Book of Mormon geography
    6. Authors and record-keepers of the Book of Mormon

    6” x 9” paperback

    192 pages