How To Use This Book

Alan C. Miner

330 E. 400 S., Ste. #4

Springville, UT 84663

801-489-4540

February 16, 2001

 

Step By Step

Through

The Book of Mormon

 

The Covenant Story

 

A GEOGRAPHICAL, CULTURAL, AND HISTORICAL APPROACH

TO A COVENANT RECORD

 

 

 

 

 

Alan C. Miner

 


 

 

     HOW TO USE THIS BOOK

 

     Step by Step through the Book of Mormon has been specifically designed to not only change the manner in which you read the Book of Mormon, but to give you interesting new insights about the Book of Mormon scriptures. This study system will focus primarily on showing the reader that the Book of Mormon is truly what it says it is--an ancient covenant text which testifies of Christ. The cultural background will be used not only in a way to enhance the gospel message and gospel covenants, but in a manner that will enable the Book of Mormon student to more fully appreciate how all things testify of Christ.

 

     As you begin your study with The Covenant Story, your understanding will be greatly enhanced if you will follow the following suggestions:

 

1. Acquire some scripture highlighting markers: Blue, Orange, Yellow, Green, Pink, Red, etc.

       

2. Keep these pages in a looseleaf binder with sectional tabs. There will be seven parts to The Covenant Story--one for each volume of commentary.

 

3. Create a highlighting guide for further reading by highlighting this page and then the Sample Page. Learn to recognize the different important phrases by doing the following:

 

     a. First: Highlight in blue all first mention of the descriptive titles for the Lord or the Spirit of the Lord. (printed in capitalized small caps -- THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL) (Note* Persons named from Israel's scriptural past or prophetic future also appear in capitalized small caps. The reader should disregard these names until the third step.

 

     b. Second: Also underline in blue the covenant phrases. (printed in italics and underlined -- covenant)

 

     c. Third: Highlight in pink all first mention of people related to the Book of Mormon story (printed in caps -- PERSON, historical scriptural PERSON, descriptive PERSON). (Note* Descriptive names for Deity also appear in capitalized small caps. The reader should have already highlighted those names in the first step)

 

     d. Fourth: Underline in orange all first mention of places related to the Book of Mormon story (printed in bold, italicized, double underlined -- NAMED PLACESdescriptive geographical locationsHistorical Scriptural Places. Also underline in orange the phrases related to geography (bold, italicized, underlined).

 

     e. Fifth: Underline in yellow the cultural phrases related to the Book of Mormon story (printed in bold -- culture).

 

     f. Sixth: Underline in green all chronological phrases related to the Book of Mormon story (printed in bold and italicized -- chronology).

 

     g. Seventh: Although no examples are found on the Sample Page, underline the significant gospel messages in red. (These choices are left up to each Book of Mormon student.)

 

     h. Eighth: Although no examples are found on the Sample Page, underline the descriptive names for the Devil in any odd color. (printed in SMALL CAPS)

 

4. Using the Sample Page as a guide, read and highlight the text as marked.

 

5. As needed or desired, refer to the companion volumes of A Cultural Commentary so that you can learn the cultural, geographical, and chronological significance of the phrases that you are highlighting, as well as the doctrinal and covenantal messages of the text.

 

6. Keep on hand your modern editions of the LDS Scriptures. The Index, the Topical Guide, the Footnotes, and other textual helps are excellent tools that will not be duplicated in this study system.

 

     HOW TO USE THIS BOOK

 

     SAMPLE PAGE

1 Nephi 1      Header

     = Beginning or End of page content

     Chapter 1

 

   Note: At least 30 years after leaving Jerusalem, and from the location of the land of Nephi in the Americas, Nephi begins this record (the "Small Plates") with an abridgment of the record of his father Lehi (see 2 Nephi 5:27-31).

 

 1 I, NEPHI1, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of *THE LORD in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of *GODtherefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days.

 2 Yea, I make a record in the language of my father, which consists of the learning of the *JEWS and the language of the *EGYPTIANS.

 3 And I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge.

 4 For it came to pass in the commencement of the first year of the reign of *ZEDEKIAH1, king of JUDAH, (my father, *LEHI1, having dwelt at JERUSALEM in all his days); and in that same year there cameMANY PROPHETS, prophesying unto the people that they must repent, or the great city Jerusalem must be destroyed.

 

     Lehi Meets the Test of a Prophet

     Lehi's Vision of God, the Messiah, the Twelve,

     And a Book Foretelling the Destruction of Jerusalem

 

 

 14 And it came to pass that when my father had read and seen many great and marvelous things, he did exclaim many things unto the Lord; such as: *Great and marvelous are thy works, O LORD GOD ALMIGHTY!*Thy throne is high in the heavens, and thy power, and goodness, and mercy are over all the inhabitants of the earth, and, because thou art merciful, thou wilt not suffer those who come unto thee that they shall perish!

 

 

     Chapter 2

 

     ~~~ Lehi Takes His Family into the Wilderness

 

2:4 And it came to pass that he departed into the wilderness# . . . and took nothing with him, save it were his family and provisions, and tents

 

 

 

 

 

Note: = Explanatory note

 

 

CAPS = First mention of a person or a people.

     (Underline in pink)

 

CAPS# SUBSCRIPT NUMBER -- Distinguishes people of

     the same name by time chronology

 

* = Personal names or Deity titles appearing in

     the Bible

 

Bold = Significant cultural reference

     (Underline in yellow)

 

CAPITALIZED CAPS = First mention of a descriptive

     title for the Lord or the Spirit of the Lord.

      (Underline in blue)

 

Bold italics = Chronological reference

     (Underline in green)

 

BLD ITAL DBL UND CAPS = First mention of a

      named location.(Underline in orange)

 

SMALL CAPS = Descriptive reference to unnamed

           people (Underline in pink)

 

Content Headings -- These headings have been

     included to direct the reader towards the

     doctrinal and covenant aspects of the

     text. Highlighting is optional.

 

* . . . * = Scriptural phrases quoted or paraphrased

           in the Book of Mormon.

 

Underlined italics = Key covenant statements

     (Underline in blue)

 

~~~ = Marks which represent the beginning or

     end of a distinct movement, or a part of

     geography worthy of graphical depiction.

     (The reader is referred to the companion

     book A Cultural Commentary for the

     appropriate maps.)

 

Bold underlined = Phrases related to geography

     (Underline in orange)

 

Bold dbl-underlined italics # = descriptive

     geographical location. Superscript #

     denotes possible interpretive differences.

     (Underline in orange)