Here is something pretty cool to consider that was published by Book of Mormon Central (by the way, if you have not yet found Book of Mormon Central on your favorite social media platform it is definitely time to like, follow, subscribe, etc. to them; they are amazing and will continue to produce inspiring and insightful Book of Mormon-related content for years to come). Check out the short video they produced below, “Has a Portion of the Lost 116 Pages been Discovered?” and if you are interested in learning more about this go to: What If Martin Harris Didn’t Lose All Of The 116 Pages?
Something that stands out to me in the books of Jarom to Words of Mormon is how to prosper in the Promised Land.
Ready for some alliteration? The Lord provided prophets and plates to preserve and prosper His people in the Promised Land (that is my attempt at Maxwellian alliteration…). Within these few pages we find the rise and demise of different civilizations, and generations within those civilizations, based on their diligence or indifference in heeding the words of the prophets of God. Those who preserve and obey God’s word prosper; those who do not falter. Those who obey the Lord prevail; those who rebel fail. So, do you want to prosper or falter; do you want to prevail or fail? The Lord has given us everything we need to succeed!
For a Wise Purpose
A seminary teacher uses over-sized models of the Book of Mormon, the gold plates, and other source plates to help his students understand the structure of the book . (11:18)
These few pages cover many different individuals, groups of people, eras, and years. Below you will find several charts that may help you study this material more effectively.
In these charts you will find the four families of Nephite record keepers of the Book of Mormon listed chronologically, along with their approximate dates of birth and other relevant information. If a date is not found in or tied directly to a specific verse then the information has been deduced from general historical information. The list below is similar to the chart above and can be used to document and explain the relationships between keepers of the plates of Nephi (source: http://byustudies.byu.edu/januarybomcharts/charts/17.html | View PDF)
BONUS! My buddy, Adam Daly, sent me a chart that he created in an effort to help him understand his scripture study better. It expands on what I have listed here, and I find it very informative. It is not exhaustive, but it is very helpful! I would invite you to put your own effort into a similar endeavor so that you can receive the benefit of such diligent study and pondering. Please click on the chart to enlarge it.
Want to know more? Check this out:
- KnoWhy: Jarom 1:, Why Were Genealogies Important to the Book of Mormon Peoples?
- KnoWhy: Omni 1:20, Why Was Corianumrs Record Engraved on a Large Stone?
- KnoWhy: Words of Mormon 1:3, Why is “Words of Mormon” at the End of the Small Plates?
- KnoWhy: What If Martin Harris Didn’t Lose All Of The 116 Pages?
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