Sometimes we need a hand when studying the scriptures. The language is difficult to translate into modern vernacular, the names can be so similar it's confusing, and Hebrew cultural practices are unknown to most of us. Here are 10 Book of Mormon study guides to help you in your personal study and Sunday School this coming year.
1. The Book of Mormon Study Guide: Start to Finish
The Book of Mormon Study Guide: Start to Finish is a comprehensive, question-and-answer commentary that draws from thousands of the very best insights on the scriptures, including those from General Authorities, Church magazines and manuals, the most respected scholarly commentaries, scripture reference books, and other publications. This comprehensive volume brings the most unique, most compelling, and most insightful comments on the Book of Mormon together into one place to help you get more out of your personal scripture study. As we ask inspired questions and seek a deeper understanding of the scriptures, we invite personal revelation to help us in our challenging and ever-changing journey of life.
2. Scripture Study Made Simple: Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon is central to the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As such, it is imperative that members of the Church strive to gain a deeper knowledge of this sacred volume. In Scripture Study Made Simple, Kathryn Gordon presents readers with a unique guide to the scriptures, displaying the full scriptural text along with additional commentary designed to deepen your understanding. With her masterful research and reflections on this holy book of scripture, the author leads readers through the sacred words of the Book of Mormon in spectacular detail. By delving into individual verses, you will develop a rich familiarity with the history, terminology, and characterizations found within familiar doctrinal accounts. Scripture Study Made Simple is a powerful yet easy-to-understand work of gospel scholarship, sure to illuminate the words of ancient scripture as readers find new meaning in this keystone of our religion. For those seeking a broader understanding of the scriptures, this essential guide makes it easier than ever before to truly feast upon the word of Christ.
3.Verse by Verse, the Book of Mormon Volume 1: First Nephi-Alma 29
Do you want to expand and deepen your study of the Book of Mormon? If so, you will find what you're looking for in this commentary written by gospel scholars D. Kelly Ogden and Andrew C. Skinner. This volume is the first of a two-volume, reader-friendly exploration of the book of scripture that is the keystone of our religion. It incorporates sound doctrinal commentary with quotations from General Authorities and explanations of difficult passages—all sprinkled generously with the authors' own experiences to illustrate great lessons and personal applications. Interspersed with the commentary are feature articles that offer new glimpses into such topics as angels who have come to earth, names and titles of God, Israel and Zion in Latter-day Saint usage, the Isaiah chapters of First and Second Nephi, the allegory of the olive tree, and prophecies of Christ. Highly informative and easy to read, this commentary on the Book of Mormon provides stimulating views that complement the scriptures. It will be treasured by anyone who wishes to understand more fully the teachings of those whom the Lord called in the land of promise to testify of him.
4. Verse by Verse, the Book of Mormon Volume 2: Alma 30-Moroni 10
Do you want to expand and deepen your study of the Book of Mormon? If so, you will find what you're looking for in this commentary written by gospel scholars D. Kelly Ogden and Andrew C. Skinner. This volume is the second of a two-volume, reader-friendly exploration of the book of scripture that is the keystone of our religion. It incorporates sound doctrinal commentary with quotations from General Authorities and explanations of difficult passages — all sprinkled generously with the authors' own experiences to illustrate great lessons and personal applications. Interspersed with the commentary are feature articles that offer new glimpses into such topics as the importance of record keeping, the purpose of a covenant people, teachings regarding war, the sealing power, God as a God of miracles still today, the Americas as the promised land, and the love of God for all his children. Highly informative and easy to read, this commentary on the Book of Mormon provides stimulating views that complement the scriptures. It will be treasured by anyone who wishes to understand more fully the teachings of those whom the Lord called in the land of promise to testify of him.
5. The Book of Mormon Reference Companion
The Book of Mormon Reference Companion brings together, all under one cover, more than 900 entries addressing 1500 Book of Mormon topics, including people, places, words, phrases, doctrines, purposes, themes, historical background, Isaiah chapter reviews, books of the Book of Mormon, and general topics of interest. Never before has a reference work of this scope been created to help both the experienced reader and the investigator or new convert understand this important book of scripture. It is like having a teacher beside you as you read and study. Maps, illustrations, photographs, pictures, outlines, and charts combine with the informative articles to enhance understanding and help parents, teachers, and leaders share the message of the Book of Mormon with their families and students. A must-have reference book for every Latter-day Saint library! Contains 850 print pages of material.
6. The Book of Mormon for Young Readers
Finally! The scriptures are presented in a format designed just for young readers. Perfect for personal and family scripture study! Would you love for your children and grandchildren to get more out of reading the scriptures? The Book of Mormon for Young Readers presents key scripture stories in a creative and engaging format designed to make it easy for children to understand and love the scriptures! Young readers (ages 7-12) can enjoy the scriptures on their own and establish a habit of personal scripture study, which will strengthen their faith and their resolve to live the gospel. Special features help families to see how the scriptures apply to their lives today. These fifty-two exciting chapters make it clear that Jesus Christ is our Savior and our Redeemer and that happiness comes from obedience to His teachings. You'll be amazed at how much easier scripture study is for your children! Special features include over 90 full-color paintings, maps, timelines, hard word definitions, suggestions for applying scripture principles, quotes from prophets, and more!
7. Book of Mormon Gospel Study Companion
Need something different than a book to help your scripture study? Check Book of Mormon Gospel Study Companion. This two-DVD set contains 58 mini-lessons on a variety of Book of Mormon topics taught by gospel scholar, teacher, and writer S. Michael Wilcox. Each eight-to twelve-minute episode is full of inspiring stories, analogies, and object lessons that provide modern-day insights and applications to the messages from the scriptures. Great as a supplement to your Gospel Doctrine study or as an instant family home evening lesson. The convenient DVD format gives you quick access to the lesson or topic of your choice. With more than nine hours of instruction covering the entire Book of Mormon, this set will be a valuable addition to your DVD library.
8. Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families: The Book of Mormon
Family scripture study provides great opportunities for teaching and building testimonies—but it can be a real challenge. “We don't have time.” “Our kids are bored.” “It's the same old thing every day.” If you have met these common obstacles, Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families can help you overcome them all. Parents will thrill as they discover the many helpful and exciting tools in these chapters: activities, object lessons, stories, discussion questions, quotations, and insights that will help them lead their families through the Book of Mormon. Simply review the material for the chapter or verses you are studying and select those teaching ideas you think would be most helpful to your family.
9. Book of Mormon Scriptural Phrases
From the introductory "I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents," to Moroni's final parting words "And now I bid unto all, farewell," and from the ubiquitous "And it came to pass" to the soaring poetry of Nephi's "Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin," the Book of Mormon is replete with memorable phrases. In Book of Mormon Scriptural Phrases, Roger A. Dibb has compiled more than 4,200 scriptural phrases—from the mundane to the sublime—provided a brief definition of each, and indicated where else identical or similar phrases can be found in the Book of Mormon. This book is a handy and extremely useful reference work for students of the Book of Mormon, particularly those who not only treasure the truthfulness of the record but delight in the way those truths are delivered.
10. The Book of Mormon Made Easier, Part 1: 1 Nephi through Words of Mormon
Noted teacher and gospel scholar, David J. Ridges, makes the Book of Mormon come alive in this new volume. Using the same unique in-the-verse notes format as found in his other Gospel Studies Series books, the author helps members gain an instant basic understanding of this book of scripture. The complete text of the Book of Mormon, from 1 Nephi through Words of Mormon, is included, with notes between the verses clarifying and alerting readers to major concepts and messages. Readers will find the verse-by-verse explanation and notes for the Isaiah chapters in this portion of the Book of Mormon extremely helpful.
Bonus: Verse by Verse Book of Mormon 2-in-1 eBook Bundle
In this digital eBook bundle, the two volumes of verse-by-verse commentary have been brought together for more convenient study. This complete two-in-one eBook set offers a reader-friendly exploration of the book of scripture that is the keystone of our religion. It incorporates sound doctrinal commentary with quotations from General Authorities and explanations of difficult passages — all sprinkled generously with the authors' own experiences to illustrate great lessons and personal applications.