Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints follow a curriculum called “Come, Follow Me” for gospel study in church classes, with their families, and as individuals, Because the course of study for 2020 is the Book of Mormon, I’ve decided to organize my study around this year’s curriculum.
- I will follow the schedule given in the manual “Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: Book of Mormon 2020.”
- Each Sunday, I will write an overview post, summarizing the reading and sharing some of my insights into that week’s assignment.
- Monday through Saturday, I will write a post each day based on my study of that week’s reading.
I hope the insights I share are useful to you this year. Please feel free to comment on my posts or send me questions that come up in your study.
Weekly Overview Posts
- Alma 5-7: “Have Ye Experienced This Mighty Change in Your Hearts?” (June 1-7) - After Alma experienced the joy of being born of God, he worked hard to help other people experience that same joy (Alma 36:23-24). In his sermons to the cities of Zarahemla and Gideon, he emphasized the importance of turning to the Savior and being born again (Alma 5:49, Alma 7:14). Many of the people in... Continue Reading →
- Mosiah 29-Alma 4: “They Were Steadfast and Immovable” (May 25-31) - The first eight years of the reign of the judges were a difficult time for the people of Nephi and for their leader, Alma the Younger. He had been ordained a high priest by his father, Alma, who had established churches throughout the land. He also had the distinction of serving as the first chief... Continue Reading →
- Mosiah 25-28: “They Were Called the People of God” (May 18-24) - After Limhi’s people and Alma’s people returned to Zarahemla, King Mosiah read their histories to his people. He then authorized Alma to establish churches across the land, just as Alma had organized a church at the waters of Mormon (Mosiah 25:19). The last four chapters of Mosiah describe several significant events which occured during the... Continue Reading →
- Mosiah 18-24: “We Have Entered into a Covenant with Him” (May 11-17) - At the waters of Mormon, Alma organized the people who believed his words into a church. More than 200 people were baptized in one day. Priests and teachers were selected. The people were instructed to meet together weekly, to love one another, and to share with one another. We can learn a lot about how... Continue Reading →
- Mosiah 11-17: “A Light…That Can Never Be Darkened” (May 4-10) - Abinadi’s sermon was prompted by a question. Not a sincere, heartfelt question from an earnest seeker after truth, but an adversarial question from a priest who wanted to discredit him. The question was this: What is the meaning of Isaiah 52:7-10? Abinadi had been imprisoned because King Noah believed that his message of warning was... Continue Reading →
- Mosiah 7-10: “In the Strength of the Lord” (April 27-May 3) - Zeniff was an inspiring leader with righteous goals, but he allowed his idealism to blind him to risks that he should have taken more seriously. Two generations later, Zeniff’s grandson, King Limhi, provided steady leadership to his people during a period of captivity. Eventually, they were found and led to safety by a search party... Continue Reading →
- Mosiah 4-6: “A Mighty Change” (April 20-26) - The people of King Benjamin responded to his words by pleading with God to “apply the atoning blood of Christ,” so that their sins could be forgiven. In response, the Spirit of the Lord filled them with joy and gave them “peace of conscience” (Mosiah 4:2-3). King Benjamin then taught them how to retain this... Continue Reading →
- Mosiah 1-3: “Filled with Love towards God and All Men” (April 13-19) - What does it mean to take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ? Near the end of his life, King Benjamin delivered a final message to his people. As he explained to his son Mosiah, who would succeed him as king, his primary purpose in calling the people together was to give them “a name... Continue Reading →
- Easter: “He Shall Rise…with Healing in His Wings” (March 30-April 12) - For the next two weeks, instead of having a specific reading assignment, we will prepare for Easter Sunday by studying the life, death, resurrection, and atoning power of Jesus Christ. Here are some passages from the Book of Mormon which teach about these topics: 1 Nephi 10:4-11 – Lehi prophesies about the Savior’s life 1... Continue Reading →
- Enos-Words of Mormon: He Works in Me to Do His Will (March 23-29) - Imagine if you were responsible for a sacred record created by your ancestors. Your duty is to protect it and to add to it. The earlier keepers of the record have filled many of the pages with miraculous stories and powerful spiritual experiences. What would you write? This week, we are studying the words of... Continue Reading →