Schedule

In 2017, my strategy is to study the Book of Mormon by author.
The book is called the Book of Mormon for good reason. Mormon selected all of the content except for Mormon 8-9, Ether, and Moroni, which were selected by his son Moroni after Mormon’s death. In selecting content, he sometimes quoted other authors and speakers, sometimes paraphrased them, and sometimes acted as the narrator, telling us what happened in his own words.
As Mormon explains to us in the short editorial comment entitled Words of Mormon, he found the small plates of Nephi partway through his compiling of the Nephite record. He was so impressed with these writings that he decided to include them in the record without editing them at all. Therefore, the first 6 books of the Book of Mormon are in the voice of the original authors, mostly Nephi. Even so, approximately 40% of the text of the Book of Mormon is apparently in Mormon’s voice (although he doesn’t always tell us when he’s quoting someone else. See, for example Alma 29.)
As I study Mormon during the first part of the year, I’m particularly interested in the indications he gives us as to his choice of content. As he tells us a number of times that he can only include a fraction of the history which he had available to him (Words of Mormon 1:5; Helaman 3:14; 3 Nephi 5:83 Nephi 26:6). Sometimes, he explicitly tells us what he wants us to learn from the stories he has chosen to include. Other times, he hints at the lesson by the way he tells the story. I’m interested in documenting the principles that Mormon wanted us to understand as evidenced by the portion of his people’s history which he selected for us to read.

Here is my proposed schedule:

Month Author(s) Chapters
January Mormon Words of Mormon; Mosiah 1, 6-8, 11, 17-28; Alma 1-2
February Mormon Alma 3-4, 6, 8, 11, 14-25, 27-28, 30
March Mormon Alma 31, 35, 43-55, 59, 62-63; Helaman 1-3
April Mormon Helaman 4-6, 9-12, 16; 3 Nephi 1-8, 10, 17, 19, 26
May
Mormon 3 Nephi 28-30; 4 Nephi; Mormon 1-7; Moroni 7-9
Moroni Mormon 8-9; Ether 1-4
June Moroni Ether 5-15; Moroni 1-6, 10
July Nephi 1 Nephi 1-7, 9-19, 22
August
Nephi 2 Nephi 4-5, 11, 25-33
Jacob 2 Nephi 6, 9-10; Jacob 1-4, 6-7
September Isaiah 1 Nephi 20-21; 2 Nephi 7-8, 12-24; Mosiah 14; 3 Nephi 22
October
Lehi 1 Nephi 8; 2 Nephi 1-3
Zenos Jacob 5
Enos Enos 1
Jarom Jarom 1
Omni, Amaron, Chemish, Abinadom, Amaleki Omni 1
King Benjamin Mosiah 2-5
Zeniff Mosiah 9-10
Abinadi Mosiah 12-13, 15-16
Mosiah Mosiah 29
November
Alma Alma 5, 7, 9, 12-13, 29, 32-33, 36-42
Ammon Alma 26
Amulek Alma 10, 34
Captain Moroni Alma 60
Pahoran Alma 61
December
Helaman Alma 56-58
Nephi, son of Helaman Helaman 7-8
Samuel the Lamanite Helaman 13-15
Jesus Christ 3 Nephi 9, 11-16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 27
Malachi 3 Nephi 24-25

In 2016, I studied the Book of Mormon by topic. Each Sunday, I selected a different subject to explore for the coming week. Here are the topics:

January 1-9 – The Attributes of God
January 10-16 – The Atonement of Jesus Christ
January 17-23 – The Holy Ghost
January 24-30 – Prophets and Revelation
January 31-February 6 – The Fall and the Natural Man
February 7-13 – The Transformative Power of the Atonement
February 14-20 – Premortal Life
February 21-27 – What Happens after Death?
February 28-March 5 – Faith
March 6-12 – Hope
March 13-19 – Patience
March 20-26 – Humility
March 27-April 2 – Charity
April 3-9 – Charity in my daily life
April 10-16 – Diligence
April 17-23 – Self-discipline
April 24-30 – Knowledge and Education
May 1-7 – Gratitude
May 8-14 – Family
May 15-21 – Obedience
May 22-28 – Honesty
May 29-June 4 – Covenants
June 5-11 – Ordinances
June 12-18 – Baptism
June 19-25 – The Gift of the Holy Ghost
June 26-July 2 – Priesthood
July 3-9 – The Church of Jesus Christ
July 10-16 – Missionary Work
July 17-23 – Teaching
July 24-30 – Leadership
July 31-Aug 6 – Courage
Aug 7-13 – Building strong relationships
Aug 14-20 – Service and Selflessness
Aug 21-27 – Goalsetting
Aug 28-Sept 3 – Time Management
Sept 4-10 – Overcoming Temptation
Sept 11-17 – The Joyful Life
Sept 18-24 – Finding Peace in Troubled Times
Sept 25-Oct 1 – Preparing to Hear the Word of God
Oct 2-8 – The Sabbath Day
Oct 9-15 – Repentance
Oct 16-22 – Miracles
Oct 23-29 – The Sacrament
Oct 30-Nov 5 – Temples
Nov 6-12 – Sharing the gospel
Nov 13-19 – Marriage
Nov 20-26 – Parenthood
Nov 27-Dec 31 – Our Savior, Jesus Christ. (For most of December, I followed the Church’s “Light the World” campaign, writing posts about the challenge for that day.)

In 2015, I studied the Book of Mormon sequentially, reading approximately 2 chapters every 3 days. Here is the schedule I followed by month:

January: 1 Nephi 20
February: 2 Nephi 16
March: Jacob 3
April: Mosiah 12
May: Alma 3
June: Alma 23
July: Alma 43
August: Helaman 1
September: 3 Nephi 4
October: 3 Nephi 25
November: Ether 4
December: Moroni 10