I am excited about the Come, Follow Me curriculum for 2022, which will focus on the Old Testament.
The Book of Mormon is not a commentary on the Bible, but it does build on the foundation of the Bible.
- Near the beginning of the book, Nephi appeals many times to the experiences of Moses and the children of Israel as he urges his brothers to move forward on their journey to the promised land.
- Passages from Psalms and Proverbs are referenced many times, including an extended discussion of Psalm 95.
- Isaiah is quoted extensively: About a third of the book of Isaiah (21 out of 66 chapters) is quoted in the Book of Mormon.
Even as the Book of Mormon builds on the Bible, it also enriches our understanding of the Bible. Observing how Old Testament stories and teachings were utilized and explained by Book of Mormon prophets breathes new life into those passages. Consider, for example, how multiple Book of Mormon prophets successively extended our understanding of the miracle of the brass serpent.
In the new year, I will continue the pattern I’ve followed the last two years:
- Each Sunday, I will write an overview post (which will be published Monday morning), summarizing that week’s reading and sharing some of my blog posts which reference that part of the Old Testament.
- Monday through Saturday, I will write a new post each day, showing how that week’s reading is enhanced by the Book of Mormon.
The new curriculum starts a week from Monday, December 27. I hope you’ll join me for the journey!