This book is a valuable guide to enjoying and comprehending the ancient American scriptures. It is a simplified reading program, a useful summary, a doctrinal analysis and an in-depth topical guide to the Book of Mormon.
Carefully designed to increase reader understanding, the book is especially helpful 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 that indicates the major historical events which transpire. 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.
"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. 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.
"Part III" contains Charts and Special Helps which will aid in understanding the Book of Mormon. They tell in a 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.
"How to Understand the Book of Mormon" is a vital study tool that will serve as a lifetime reference to those who love the Book of Mormon.