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As the title indicates, this study guide is for your first time through your Book of Mormon studies. You might be a primary child who is ready to read more than the Book of Mormon Reader that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has provided us with. You might be a new convert to the church, or maybe you've been a member for a long time, but would like to use a simple study guide in your studies.
When my oldest son was eleven, he had a desire to read the Book of Mormon, but it was a little overwhelming for him to face the studies without some kind of guide. I looked for a guide of this sort, but was unable to find one, so I started writing it for him.
Often people are intimidated by the thought of reading through the Book of Mormon, afraid that they won’t understand it, or that it is boring. Sometimes the thought of reading such a big book is overwhelming. Yet, we are expected to read and re-read this precious book. Even children are encouraged to read directly from the Book of Mormon.
I also think it is important for children to develop a habit of prayer and personal scripture study at a young age. My hope is that this guide will help them create these habits by presenting the Book of Mormon in small, easy-to-understand pieces.
The study guide is broken down into bite-sized pieces, never more than 30 verses each. Each of these pieces can be used as one day's worth of study. There are also 52 sections, each about seven pieces long. If you read one section a week, you will finish your reading in one year.
These pieces and sections are for your convenience, but I don't recommend you stick to a strict regimen of how much you accomplish each day. Let your interest and the Spirit guide you to know what you need. Some days you might read more, some days less. Make the study personal to you.
Remember that you, not this study guide, are in charge of your spiritual welfare. Remember to pray for understanding. Take time to ponder what you read. Don't be afraid to deviate from the study guide to follow something that you would like to learn more about.
By using this study guide, you will get ideas for how you can expand your studies, and you will see how these scriptures, written so long ago, apply to you personally, and to your own situation. This will provide a pattern for you to liken the scriptures unto yourself (see 1 Nephi 19:23).
Notice that the questions asked in the study guide have no answers. There is no answer key. The questions are left for you explore, to find answers, however it might apply in your life.
There is no written test at the end. The real test is how you lead your life, based on the truths found in the Book of Mormon. Remember, this is a spiritual study, not an academic one.
You will notice that not all the gems of truth found in the
Book of Mormon are pointed out or discussed in this study guide. This is intentional.
There are many gems left for you, the
reader, to discover and enjoy on your own. Watch for them!