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#BOMTC 1 Nephi 1-3: It Begins with a FAMILY

IT BEGINS WITH A FAMILY!

#BOMTC Day 1, April 7~1 Nephi 1-3 (or_Pages_1-6) Silly Simon Family

It seems that God has a pattern, and it involves families:

As a father and husband, I have many lessons to learn in 1 Nephi 1-3 about my own involvement in my family. You may not be a father or a husband, but you are a member of a family–wife, mother, daughter/son, sister/brother, aunt/uncle, grandma/grandpa, etc.–and God has lessons for you in these chapters of the Book of Mormon. There are many more lessons in these chapters as well that relate to you as a son or daughter of God.

Something to keep in mind is that the book of 1 Nephi must be understood in the context of the book of Jeremiah. If you have not read the book of Jeremiah, then I would encourage you to study the all of the footnotes in 1 Nephi 1-3 that reference Jeremiah.

#BOMTC Day 1, April 7~1 Nephi 1-3 (or Pages 1-6) Lehi Preaching in Jerusalem

What lesson can one learn about God and His Plan when we consider the contrasting lives and missions of two of the Lord’s “many prophets” (1 Nephi 1:4) testifying in Jerusalem at that time? In 1 Nephi 2 we learn that Lehi is to leave Jerusalem with his family and “depart into the wilderness” (1 Nephi 2:1-4). According to our record, it isn’t until v. 20 that Nephi is informed of a “Land of Promise” and a foreshadowing of the events of the entire Book of Mormon history.

#BOMTC Day 1, April 7~1 Nephi 1-3 (or Pages 1-6) Lehi's Family Leaves Jerusalem

The phrase, “Let us be faithful in keeping the commandments” (1 Nephi 3:16,21;4:1), seems to be a prevailing principle in these pages. Those at Jerusalem had not been “faithful in keeping the commandments”, and were about to lose their promised land. The key to residency in the Lord’s promised land(s) has always been, and will always be, obedience to the commandments of the Lord. Lehi and Nephi have both heard the Lord teach this lesson personally to them (1 Nephi 2:1,19). Now they are trying to help others realize the same blessings in their lives.

#BOMTC Day 1, April 7~1 Nephi 1-3 (or Pages 1-6) Jeremiah and Jerusalem

Jeremiah, on the other hand, will be faithful to the Lord’s command given him to stay at Jerusalem, not have his family, continue to be persecuted throughout his life, and be killed by those he tried so hard to serve and save.

So many amazing insights in just the first six pages of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ!

Don’t miss the beautiful online art exhibit, The Journey of Lehi’s Family
Lehi Exhorts His Posterity to Righteousness by Philip Leaning

Lehi Exhorts His Posterity to Righteousness by Philip Leaning

KnoWhy: See the following for some great additional insights on these chapters.

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#BOMTC 1 Nephi 1-3: It Begins with a FAMILY

IT BEGINS WITH A FAMILY! It seems that God has a pattern, and it involves families. The Old Testament begins with the first family of Adam and Eve. The New Testament begins with the family of Jesus Christ. The Doctrine and Covenants’ first chronological section (D&C 2) focuses on creating eternal families. And the Book of Mormon begins with the family of Lehi (See also: Arthur R. Bassett, “It Begins with a Family: Some Major Teachings in the First Half of the Book of Mormon”, Ensign, Sept. 1976).

As a father and husband, I have many lessons to learn in these chapters about my own involvement in my family. You may not be a father or a husband, but you are a member of a family–wife, mother, daughter/son, sister/brother, aunt/uncle, grandma/grandpa, etc–and God has lessons for you in these chapters of the Book of Mormon. There are many more lessons in these chapters as well that relate to you as a son or daughter of God.

Something to keep in mind is that the book of 1 Nephi must be understood in the context of the book of Jeremiah. If you have not read the book of Jeremiah, then I would encourage you to study the footnotes in 1 Nephi 1-3 that reference Jeremiah.

What lesson can one learn about God and His Plan when we consider the contrasting lives and missions of two of the Lord’s “many prophets” (1 Nephi 1:4) testifying in Jerusalem at that time? In 1 Nephi 2 we learn that Lehi is to leave Jerusalem with his family and “depart into the wilderness” (1 Nephi 2:1-4). According to our record, it isn’t until v. 20 that Nephi is informed of a “Land of Promise” and a foreshadowing of the events of the entire Book of Mormon history.

The phrase, “Let us be faithful in keeping the commandments” (1 Nephi 3:16,21;4:1), seems to be a prevailing principle in these pages. Those at Jerusalem had not been “faithful in keeping the commandments”, and were about to lose their promised land. The key to residency in the Lord’s promised land(s) has always been, and will always be, obedience to the commandments of the Lord. Lehi and Nephi have both heard the Lord teach this lesson personally to them (1 Nephi 2:1,19). Now they are trying to help others realize the same blessings in their lives.

Jeremiah, on the other hand, will be faithful to the Lord’s command given him to stay at Jerusalem, not have his family, continue to be persecuted throughout his life, and be killed by those he tried so hard to serve and save.

So many amazing insights in just the first six pages of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

What did you learn in those pages? Comment below!

Don’t miss the beautiful online art exhibit, The Journey of Lehi’s Family: Selections from the Church History Museum’s collection
Lehi Exhorts His Posterity to Righteousness by Philip Leaning

Lehi Exhorts His Posterity to Righteousness by Philip Leaning

KnoWhy: See the following for some great additional insights on these chapters.

DON’T FORGET TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS…

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#BOMTC BIG BONUS: Estimated Dates for the Day-by-Day Translation of the Book of Mormon

 

Joseph Smith received the gold plates from Moroni on September 22, 1827. “I obtained them,” the Prophet testified, “and the Urim and Thummim with them, by the means of which I translated the plates; and thus came the Book of Mormon.”

Joseph Smith received the gold plates from Moroni on September 22, 1827. “I obtained them,” the Prophet testified, “and the Urim and Thummim with them, by the means of which I translated the plates; and thus came the Book of Mormon.” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, (2011), 57–68)

We have a real treat for you today!

Some people have wondered, “When Joseph Smith began translating the Book of Mormon following the loss of the first 116 translated pages, did he begin at 1 Nephi 1 or did he begin where he left off in the original translation process?”

As far as my research has found, Joseph Smith never actually mentioned where he began again, so we must use our historical and contextual clues to help us determine which option we think is correct.

From what I have studied on those two options, I have come to believe that Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery picked up in the translation process near where Joseph left of following the 116 translated pages from the Book of Lehi on the large plates.

Although I have set up the #BOMTC reading schedule to begin at 1 Nephi 1 and end with Moroni 10, I sometimes I like to begin with Mosiah 1 (a supposed re-start point of the translation) and end with the Words of Mormon. Once you are familiar with the Book of Mormon, it is very interesting to begin your study at Mosiah 1 and consider all of the things mentioned in Mosiah to Moroni BUT that originate in 1 Nephi 1 to Omni–books that Joseph Smith would not have translated yet!

Our good friends at Book of Mormon Central sent me a nice little chart that helps us see a possible timeline of events during the translation process of April-June of 1829. Perhaps you would like to try the #BOMTC this time by using this schedule as something of a guide:

Estimated Dates for the Day-by-Day Translation of the Book of Mormon

  • 1828 Words of Mormon 1:13-18 (only part retained from the 116 pages)

April, 1829:

  • April 5, Oliver Cowdery arrives in Harmony, Pennsylvania
  • April 6, Joseph purchases his and Emma’s cabin from his father-in-law on the Hale property
  • April 7, Translation begins: Mosiah 1-3
  • April 8, Mosiah 4-7
  • April 9, Mosiah 8-11
  • April 10, Mosiah 12-16
  • April 11, Mosiah 17-20
  • April 12, Sunday, Mosiah 21-25
  • April 13, Mosiah 26-28
  • April 14, Mosiah 29-Alma 2
  • April 15, Alma 3-6
  • April 16, Alma 7-10
  • April 17, Alma 11-13
  • April 18, Alma 14-17
  • April 19, Sunday, Alma 18-19, about this time wrote a letter to David Whitmer
  • April 20, Alma 20-23
  • April 21, Alma 25-26
  • April 22, Alma 27-30
  • April 23, Alma 31-33
  • April 24, Alma 34-36
  • April 25, Alma 37-39
  • April 26, Alma 38-40
  • April 27, Alma 41-43
  • April 28, Sunday, Alma 44-45, about this time wrote a letter to David Whitmer
  • April 29, Alma 46-48
  • April 30, Alma 49-51

May, 1829

  • May 1, Alma 52-54
  • May 2, Alma 55-57
  • May 3, Alma 58-61
  • May 4, Alma 62-63/Helaman 1
  • May 5, Sunday, Helaman 2-4
  • May 6, Helaman 5-7
  • May 7, Helaman 8-10
  • May 8, Helaman 11-13
  • May 9, Helaman 14-16
  • May 10, About this time traveled 30 miles to Colesville
  • May 11, About this time traveled 30 miles back from Colesville
  • May 12, Sunday, 3Nephi 1-3
  • May 13, 3 Nephi 4-6
  • May 14, 3 Nephi 7-10
  • May 15, 3 Nephi 11-12, Restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood prompted by 3 Nephi 11:25
  • May 16, 3 Nephi 13-15
  • May 17, 3 Nephi 16-18
  • May 18, 3 Nephi 19-21
  • May 19, Sunday, 3 Nephi 22-23
  • May 20, 3 Nephi 24-27
  • May 21, 3 Nephi 29-30 and 4 Nephi
  • May 22, Mormon 1-4
  • May 23, Mormon 5-7
  • May 24, Mormon 8-9 and Ether 1
  • May 25, Sunday, Ether 2-3, Samuel Smith baptized
  • May 26, Ether 4-7
  • May 27, Ether 8-10
  • May 28, Ether 11-12, Hyrum Smith arrives, David Whitmer arrives
  • May 29, Ether 13-15/Moro 1-4
  • May 30, Moroni 5-8
  • May 31, Moroni 9-10, Title Page. By this date the translation of the large plates was finished.

June, 1829

  • June 1, Sunday
  • June 2, Move from Harmon, travel to Fayette
  • June 3, Travel to Fayette
  • June 4, Travel to Fayette
  • June 5, Unpack in Fayette, resume translation, 1Nephi 1-2
  • June 6, 1 Nephi 3-6
  • June 7, 1 Nephi 7-10
  • June 8, Sunday, 1 Nephi 11-12
  • June 9, 1 Nephi 13-16
  • June 10, 1 Nephi 17-19
  • June 11, Copyright filed in Western District Court of the United States
  • June 12, 1 Nephi 20-22
  • June 13, 2 Nephi 1-3
  • June 14, 2 Nephi 4-6, Oliver wrote a letter to Hyrum
  • June 15, Sunday, D&C 14, 15, 16, 18, baptism of Hyrum, David and Peter Whitmer Jr, and others
  • June 16, 2 Nephi 7-9
  • June 17, 2 Nephi 10-13
  • June 18, 2 Nephi 14-19
  • June 19, 2 Nephi 20-24
  • June 20, 2 Nephi 25-27; 27:12 will prompt the showing to the Three Witnesses
  • June 21, 2 Nephi 28-31
  • June 22, Sunday, about this time Oliver prepares the “Articles of the Church of Christ”
  • June 23, 2 Nephi 32-33, about this time the Three Witnesses see Moroni
  • June 24, Jacob 1-3
  • June 25, Jacob 4-5
  • June 26, Jacob 6-7
  • June 27, Enos and Jarom
  • June 28, Omni, Words of Mormon, Translation completed
  • June 29, Sunday, in Manchester, New York, about this time, the Eight Witnesses shown the plates
  • June 30, By this date, the entire translation was finished

Please see the article, “Book of Mormon Translation,” an official essay published by the Church for greater insights.

If you would like to use the 1 Nephi-Moroni reading schedule, one of our #BOMTC readers, Ben Anderson, has created and shared a PDF that you can print up to place in your scripture cover. He created a “standard” and a “compact” scripture size option for you to download. Click on an option below to download your preferred size:

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#BOMTC Day 1, April 7~1 Nephi 1-3 or Pages 1-6: It Begins with a FAMILY

#BOMTC Day 1, April 7~1 Nephi 1-3 (or Pages 1-6) (2)

Click on the graphic to begin reading 1 Nephi 1-3

IT BEGINS WITH A FAMILY!

It seems that God has a pattern, and it involves families. The Old Testament begins with the first family of Adam and Eve. The New Testament begins with the family of Jesus Christ. The Doctrine and Covenants’ first chronological section (D&C 2) focuses on creating eternal families. And the Book of Mormon begins with the family of Lehi (See also: Arthur R. Bassett, “It Begins with a Family: Some Major Teachings in the First Half of the Book of Mormon”, Ensign, Sept. 1976).

As a father and husband, I have many lessons to learn in these chapters about my own involvement in my family. You may not be a father or a husband, but you are a member of a family–wife, mother, daughter/son, sister/brother, aunt/uncle, grandma/grandpa, etc–and God has lessons for you in these chapters in the Book of Mormon. There are many more lessons in these chapters as well that relate to you as a son or daughter of God.

Something to keep in mind is that the book of 1 Nephi must be understood in the context of the book of Jeremiah. If you have not read the book of Jeremiah, then I would encourage you to study the footnotes in 1 Nephi 1-3 that reference Jeremiah.

What lesson can one learn about God and His Plan when we consider the contrasting lives and missions of two of the Lord’s “many prophets” (1 Nephi 1:4) testifying in Jerusalem at that time? In 1 Nephi 2 we learn that Lehi is to leave Jerusalem with his family and “depart into the wilderness” (1 Nephi 2:1-4). According to our record, it isn’t until v. 20 that Nephi is informed of a “Land of Promise” and a foreshadowing of the events of the entire Book of Mormon history.

The phrase, “Let us be faithful in keeping the commandments” (1 Nephi 3:16,21;4:1), seems to be a prevailing principle in these pages. Those at Jerusalem had not been “faithful in keeping the commandments”, and were about to lose their promised land. The key to residency in the Lord’s promised land(s) has always been, and will always be, obedience to the commandments of the Lord. Lehi and Nephi have both heard the Lord teach this lesson personally to them (1 Nephi 2:1,19). Now they are trying to help others realize the same blessings in their lives.

Jeremiah on the other hand will be faithful to the Lord’s command given to him to stay at Jerusalem, not have his family, continue to be persecuted throughout his life, and be killed by those he tried so hard to serve and save.

So many amazing insights in just the first six pages of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

What did you learn in those pages? Comment below!

Don’t miss the beautiful online art exhibit, The Journey of Lehi’s Family: Selections from the Church History Museum’s collection
Lehi Exhorts His Posterity to Righteousness by Philip Leaning

Lehi Exhorts His Posterity to Righteousness by Philip Leaning

ON THIS DAY IN 1829: Harmony, Pennsylvania. Joseph Smith began dictating the translation of the Book of Mormon to Oliver Cowdery. At about this time, Joseph also received Doctrine and Covenants 6, a revelation to Oliver concerning translation.

KnoWhy: See the following for some great additional insights on these chapters.

DON’T FORGET TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS…

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#BOMTC, President Monson’s Answer to: “Why Should I Read the Book of Mormon?”

"If you have not read the Book of Mormon, read it."

“If you have not read the Book of Mormon, read it.” ~ President Thomas S. Monson

In the April 2011 General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson said:

“If you have not read the Book of Mormon, read it. I will not ask for a show of hands. If you do so prayerfully and with a sincere desire to know the truth, the Holy Ghost will manifest its truth to you. If it is true—and it is—then Joseph Smith was a prophet who saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. The Church is true. If you do not already have a testimony of these things, do that which is necessary to obtain one. It is essential for you to have your own testimony, for the testimonies of others will carry you only so far. Once obtained, a testimony needs to be kept vital and alive through obedience to the commandments of God and through regular prayer and scripture study.

Now, for those who have read the Book of Mormon, this invitation from Elder Gerrit W. Gong was given to you during our most recent General Conference:

“Please, open your heart to the Book of Mormon, again, for the first time.”

– Elder Gerrit W. Gong

With the anniversary of the restoration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 6th (tomorrow), we also have the opportunity to remember another important anniversary that was the prelude to the restoration of The Church of Jesus Christ.

On September 22, 1828, following the loss of the 116 page translation of the Book of Lehi, the plates and translation tools were returned to Joseph Smith, and during that winter he translated “a few more pages” (D&C 5:30). The work progressed slowly until April 5, 1829, when Oliver Cowdery, a school teacher, arrived in Harmony, Pennsylvania and offered his scribal services to Joseph. Two days later-April 7, 1829-he commenced to write for Joseph.  Virtually all of the current text of the Book of Mormon was translated between April 7 and the last week of June, 1829.

The King James Version of the Bible was produced by 50 English scholars who accomplished their work in seven years, translating at the rate of one page per day. In contrast, Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon at the rate of about 10 pages per day (After subtracting the time spent on other tasks, translation time available was about 55 days).

As I realized this a few years ago, I gave myself a challenge. I called it the “Book of Mormon Translation Challenge” (#BOMTC). The challenge is to read the entire Book of Mormon during the same basic time period that it took Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to translate it–beginning April 7 and ending June 30 (I start on April 6 by reading the introduction pages and remembering the restoration of the Church, D&C 20:1: 21:3).

I encourage those who want to complete the Book of Mormon Translation Challenge and are already reading the Book of Mormon to continue where you are currently reading and cycle back to the current location (i.e. If I were in Mosiah 1, then I would just begin The Translation Challenge at Mosiah 1 on April 7 and on/before June 30 read Words of Mormon)

Elder David A. Bednar taught that we should be reading the Book of Mormon and discussing it with our children. What a great opportunity to set the example for our children and share our testimony with them. As they see us sacrifice sleep and diversion to read the Book of Mormon, our children will believe our words as they see our actions.

It wasn’t easy for Joseph to translate on such a strict schedule and you will probably find it difficult to read on that schedule, but I want to invite you to accept this 85 day challenge to study the Book of Mormon. I have been blessed each time that I have read the Book of Mormon. There is something to be learned by both a slow study of the Book of Mormon as well as a quick careful reading. Each serves a purpose, and each will bring blessings.

I invite you to claim these blessings in your life by accepting the Book of Mormon Translation Challenge! Elder Russell M. Nelson, referring to the time that it took to translate the Book of Mormon, said:

Many of us feel good if we can read the book in that time”.

I know you will indeed “feel good”, especially if this is your first experience reading the entire Book of Mormon. Challenge yourself and bless your life!

DON’T FORGET TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS…

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Please, open your heart to the Book of Mormon, again, for the first time. --Elder Gerrit W. Gong

Please, open your heart to the Book of Mormon, again, for the first time. –Elder Gerrit W. Gong


#BOMTC in the NEWS

Facebook event challenges Latter-day Saints to read Book of Mormon in 85 days

By , Deseret News
Summary: More than 1,500 Latter-day Saints have accepted a challenge to read the Book of Mormon in 85 days — the same amount of time it took Joseph Smith to translate the book in 1829.

The work of translating of the Book of Mormon began on April 7, 1829, and was finished later that summer on June 30. An annual Facebook event is encouraging members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to read the book in that same amount of time.

The Facebook event, known as “The Book of Mormon Translation Challenge,” is a byproduct of the personal scripture study of Russell Simon, a Mormon seminary teacher from Riverton, Utah.

#BOMTC challenges Latter-day Saints to read Book of Mormon in 85 days

#BOMTC challenges Latter-day Saints to read Book of Mormon in 85 days

Simon said in an interview with the Deseret News that his study of LDS Church history prompted him to create the rigorous study plan 10 years ago. After examining the history of Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and their monumental undertaking in translating the Book of Mormon, Simon wondered if he could read the book as fast as they were able to translate it.

“I had an amazing experience!” said Simon, who completely finished reading the book that summer a decade ago. “There are definitely gems to be found by a slow and careful study of the Book of Mormon. But I also found that there are divine patterns and themes that I was able to discover with a quick-paced study.”

The following year, Simon invited his wife and family to join him in the challenge. Each year, he began inviting more people to join him in his study, eventually leading to the creation of a Facebook fan page at facebook.com/BookOfMormonTranslationChallenge in March 2012.

“I felt that if I could expand the exposure of the challenge, then I could increase the impact that the Book of Mormon could have for good in the world and the lives of each reader,” Simon said.

Starting April 7, those who choose to follow Simon’s highly structured study plan will finish reading the Book of Mormon by June 30.

Printable copies of the reading schedule, which generally consists of reading several chapters per day, can be found online at bookofmormontranslationchallenge.wordpress.com.

In past years, study tips, schedule reminders and LDS-themed pictures have been posted each day of the challenge on the event’s Facebook page as a way to keep participants up-to-date with their reading. Readers are also encouraged to post their testimonies online once they finish the book.

Currently, more than 1,500 Facebook users have accepted Simon’s invitation to take part in the event.

“I expect that anyone who prayerfully and sincerely studies the Book of Mormon as part of ‘The Book of Mormon Translation Challenge’ will feel the blessings promised by prophets of God,” Simon said. “They will have an increased measure of the Spirit of the Lord, they will have greater power to resist temptation, and they will know for themselves that it is true scripture from our loving Heavenly Father.”

Originally published: Monday, April 7 2014 9:25 p.m. MDT

 

Spanish Edition:

Evento de facebook desafía a leer el Libro de Mormón en 85 días

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Más de 1.500 Santos de los Últimos Días han aceptado el desafío de leer el Libro de Mormón en 85 días – la misma cantidad de tiempo que le tomó a José Smith traducir el libro en 1829.

El desafío de la traducción del Libro de Mormón corre desde el 7 de Abril hasta el 30 de Junio.  Un programa imprimible de lectura se puede encontrar en línea en bookofmormontranslationchallenge.wordpress.com

Creado por Russell Simon
Traducción por Paula Marilaf

El trabajo de traducción del Libro de Mormón se inició el 7 de abril de 1829, y se terminó más adelante ese verano, el 30 de junio. Un evento anual Facebook está alentando a los miembros de La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos días a leer el libro en la misma cantidad de tiempo.

El evento de facebook, conocido como “El desafío de la traducción del Libro de Mormón” es un subproducto del estudio personal de las escrituras de Russell Simon, un profesor de seminario mormón de Riverton, Utah.

Simon dijo en una entrevista con el Deseret News que su estudio de la historia de la Iglesia SUD le impulsó a crear el riguroso plan de estudio hace 10 años. Después de examinar la historia de José Smith y Oliver Cowdery y su monumental compromiso en traducir el Libro de Mormón, Simon se preguntó si podría leer el libro tan rápido como ellos pudieron traducirlo.

“¡Tuve una experiencia increíble!” dijo Simon, quien terminó completamente de leer el libro ese verano hace una década. “Definitivamente hay joyas que se pueden encontrar por medio de un estudio lento y cuidadoso del Libro de Mormón. Pero también encontré que hay patrones divinos y temas que fui capaz de descubrir con un ritmo de estudio rápido”.

Al año siguiente, Simon invitó a su esposa y familia a unirse a él en el desafío. Cada año, empezó a invitar a más gente a unirse a él en su estudio, lo que finalmente llevó a la creación de una página de fans en facebook: facebook.com/BookOfMormonTranslationChallenge en marzo del 2012.

“Sentí que si podía ampliar la exposición del desafío, entonces podría aumentar el impacto que el Libro de Mormón podría tener para el bien en el mundo y en la vida de cada lector”, dijo Simon.

Empezando el 7 de abril, aquellos que optan por seguir el plan de estudio altamente estructurado de Simon terminaran de leer el Libro de Mormón el 30 de Junio.

Copias para imprimir del programa de lectura, que generalmente consiste en la lectura de varios capítulos por día, se pueden encontrar en línea en bookofmormontranslationchallenge.wordpress.com

En años pasados, consejos para estudiar, programas recordatorios e imágenes temáticas SUD se han publicado cada día del desafío en la página de Facebook del evento como una manera de mantener a los participantes al día con su lectura. También se anima a los lectores a postear sus testimonios en línea una vez que terminan el libro.

Actualmente, más de 1.500 usuarios de Facebook han aceptado la invitación de Simon para formar parte en este evento.

“Espero que cualquiera que estudie con oración y sinceridad el Libro de Mormón como parte de “El desafío de la traducción del Libro de Mormón” sentirá las bendiciones prometidas por los profetas de Dios”, dijo Simon. “Van a tener una mayor medida del Espíritu del Señor, tendrán mayor poder para resistir la tentación, y ellos sabrán por sí mismos que es escritura verdadera de nuestro amoroso Padre Celestial.”


#BOMTC Day 1, April 7~1 Nephi 1-3 or Pages 1-6: It Begins with a FAMILY

#BOMTC Day 1, April 7~1 Nephi 1-3 (or Pages 1-6) (2)

Click on the graphic to begin reading 1 Nephi 1-3

IT BEGINS WITH A FAMILY!

It seems that God has a pattern, and it involves families. The Old Testament begins with the first family of Adam and Eve. The New Testament begins with the family of Jesus the Christ. The Doctrine and Covenants’ first chronological section (D&C 2) focuses on creating eternal families. The Book of Mormon begins with the family of Lehi (See also: Arthur R. Bassett, “It Begins with a Family: Some Major Teachings in the First Half of the Book of Mormon”, Ensign, Sept. 1976).

As a father and husband, I have many lessons to learn in these chapters about my own involvement in my family. You may not be a father or a husband, but you are a member of a family–wife, mother, daughter/son, sister/brother, aunt/uncle, grandma/grandpa, etc–and God has lessons for you in these chapters in the Book of Mormon. There are many more lessons in these chapters, as well, that relate to you as a son or daughter of God.

1 Nephi must be understood in the context of the book of Jeremiah. If you have not read the book of Jeremiah, then I would encourage you to study the footnotes in 1 Nephi 1-3 that relate to Jeremiah.

What lesson can one learn about God and His Plan when we consider the contrasting lives and missions of two of the Lord’s “many prophets” (1 Nephi 1:4) testifying in Jerusalem at that time? In 1 Nephi 2 we learn that Lehi is to leave Jerusalem with his family and “depart into the wilderness” (1 Nephi 2:1-4). According to our record, it isn’t until v. 20 that Nephi is informed of a “Land of Promise” and a foreshadowing of the events of the entire Book of Mormon history.

The phrase, “Let us be faithful in keeping the commandments” (1 Nephi 3:16,21;4:1), seems to be a prevailing principle in these pages. Those at Jerusalem had not been “faithful in keeping the commandments”, and were about to lose their promised land. The key to residency in the Lord’s promised lands has always been, and will be, obedience to the commandments of the Lord. Lehi and Nephi have both heard the Lord teach this lesson specifically to them (1 Nephi 2:1,19). Now they are trying to help others realize the same blessings in their lives.

Jeremiah on the other hand will be faithful to the command to him to stay at Jerusalem, not have a family, continue to be persecuted throughout his life, and be killed by those he tried so hard to save. So many amazing insights in just the first 6 pages of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

What did you learn in those pages?

ON THIS DAY IN 1829: Harmony, Pennsylvania. Joseph Smith began dictating the translation of the Book of Mormon to Oliver Cowdery. At about this time, Joseph also received Doctrine and Covenants 6, a revelation to Oliver concerning translation.

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