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Come Follow Me 2020: Mormon 1-6
Mormon Abridging the Plates, by Tom Lovell. Image via ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Mormon Abridging the Plates, by Tom Lovell. Image via ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

Scripture Block

Mormon 1–6

October 26–November 1. “I Would That I Could Persuade All … to Repent”

KnoWhys

Reading Plan

Structure your personal scripture study by following a multimedia, day by day plan. Each day's assignment includes the required scripture passages from the Come Follow Me curriculum, as well as suggestions for additional resources to bring context and understanding to your study.

Monday

  • Scripture: Mormon 1:1-6
  • KnoWhy 226: What Do We Know about Mormon’s Upbringing?
  • Scripture: Mormon 1:6-19
  • Quote: “During his mortal ministry, Jesus taught his disciples, 'Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you'. What the disciples, both ancient and modern, are allowed by the Spirit to teach is determined by the spiritual readiness of the listeners. The Lord has cautioned against presenting more than the listeners are prepared to hear and heed. Mormon was forbidden to preach the gospel not only because of the people's spiritual unpreparedness but also perhaps because the hardness of their hearts would have prompted them to 'turn again and rend' Mormon.”
    McConkie and Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, 4:211–212

Tuesday

Wednesday

Explore Further

Thursday

  • Scripture: Mormon 4:1-23
  • KnoWhy 229: Why Did the Lamanites Sacrifice Women and Children to Idols?
  • Quote: “Once the Nephite soldiers started to wage offensive war they soon became so bloodthirsty they were concerned only with the taking of human life…The leaders of this dispensation have also warned against the dangers of starting an offensive war. President Charles W. Penrose has said:
    "'…we Latter-day Saints must watch ourselves and not give way to passion and desire to shed blood and to destroy, for that is the power of the evil one. We do not want to imitate any nation that is bent on a policy of destruction...to break down and trample under foot where they cannot dominate. If we have that desire, it is the spirit of the wicked one...'"
    Ludlow, Daniel H. A Companion to Your Study of the Book of Mormon. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1976. 301.

Friday

Saturday

Explore Further

Sunday

Explore Further

  • Quote: “In a soliloquy of death, Mormon reached across time and space to all, especially to that ‘remnant of the house of Israel’ who would one day read his majestic record. Those of another time and place must learn what those lying before him had forgotten—that all must ‘believe in Jesus Christ, that he is the Son of God,’ that following his crucifixion in Jerusalem he had, ‘by the power of the Father . . . risen again, whereby he hath gained the victory over the grave; and also in him is the sting of death swallowed up.’”
    Holland, Jeffrey R. Christ and the New Covenant. Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book, 1997. 321-322.

Additional Resources (Bibliography)

Mormon

Mormon 1

Holzapfel, Richard Neitzel. “Mormon, the Man and the Message.” In The Book of Mormon: Fourth Nephi Through Moroni, From Zion to Destruction, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 117–131. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 1995.

Sperry, Sidney B. “What the Book of Mormon Is (Concluded).” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 4, no. 1 (1995): 28–40.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Wars in the Book of Mormon.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 136.

Mormon 1:1–5

Book of Mormon Central. “What Do We Know about Mormon’s Upbringing? (Mormon 1:2).” KnoWhy 226 (November 8, 2016).

Butler, John M. “The ‘Author’ and the ‘Finisher’ of the Book of Mormon.” In The Book of Mormon: Fourth Nephi Through Moroni, From Zion to Destruction, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 61–68. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1995.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Who Kept the Records in the Book of Mormon? (By Lineages).” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 17.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Who Kept the Records in the Book of Mormon? (By Lineages).” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 17.

Mormon 1:8

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Did Lehi Organize His Posterity into Seven Tribes?.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 116.

Mormon 1:15

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “People to Whom Jesus Christ or the Angel of the Lord Appeared.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 41.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Who Kept the Records in the Book of Mormon? (By Lineages).” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 17.

Mormon 2

Holzapfel, Richard Neitzel. “Mormon, the Man and the Message.” In The Book of Mormon: Fourth Nephi Through Moroni, From Zion to Destruction, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 117–131. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 1995.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Wars in the Book of Mormon.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 136.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Plausible Locations of the Final Battles.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 159.

Mormon 2:15

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Doesn’t God Punish Us the Moment We Sin? (Mormon 2:15).” KnoWhy 387 (December 5, 2017).

Mormon 2:18

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Did Mormon Write So Little about His Own Time Period? (Mormon 2:18).” KnoWhy 227 (November 9, 2016).

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Who Kept the Records in the Book of Mormon? (By Lineages).” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 17.

Mormon 3

Holzapfel, Richard Neitzel. “Mormon, the Man and the Message.” In The Book of Mormon: Fourth Nephi Through Moroni, From Zion to Destruction, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 117–131. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 1995.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Wars in the Book of Mormon.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 136.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Plausible Locations of the Final Battles.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 159.

Mormon 3:1

Book of Mormon Central. “Why is the 10-Year Peace Treaty Important? (Mormon 3:1).” KnoWhy 228 (November 10, 2016).

Mormon 3:9–16

Bowen, Matthew L. “’Swearing by Their Everlasting Maker’: Some Notes on Paanchi and Giddianhi.” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 28 (2018): 155–170.

Mormon 3:16

Thomasson, Gordon C. “The Survivor and the Will to Bear Witness.” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon, edited by John W. Welch, 266–268. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: FARMS/Deseret Book, 1992.

Mormon 3:20–22

Hansen, Jr., Gerald. “Preparing for the Judgment.” In The Book of Mormon: Fourth Nephi Through Moroni, From Zion to Destruction, edited by Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate, Jr., 95–104. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 1995.

Mormon 4

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Wars in the Book of Mormon.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 136.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Plausible Locations of the Final Battles.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 159.

Mormon 4:14

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Did the Lamanites Sacrifice Women and Children to Idols? (Mormon 4:14).” KnoWhy 229 (November 11, 2016).

Mormon 4:19–21

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Nephite Cycle of Righteousness: Mormon's Warning for Us Today.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 144.

Mormon 5

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Wars in the Book of Mormon.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 136.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Plausible Locations of the Final Battles.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 159.

Mormon 5:9

Keller, Roger R. “Mormon and Moroni as Authors and Abridgers.” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon, edited by John W. Welch, 269–271. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: FARMS/Deseret Book, 1992.

Tvedtnes, John A. “’I Make This Small Abridgment.’” In The Most Correct Book: Insights from a Book of Mormon Scholar, 1–7. Salt Lake City: Cornerstone Publishing, 1999.

Mormon 5:14

Book of Mormon Central. “What Was Mormon’s Purpose in Writing the Book of Mormon? (Mormon 5:14).” KnoWhy 230 (November 14, 2016).

Mormon 6

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “The Two Final Battles.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 138.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Wars in the Book of Mormon.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 136.

Welch, John W., and Greg Welch. “Plausible Locations of the Final Battles.” In Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999, chart 159.

Mormon 6:2–5

Book of Mormon Central. “How Are Oliver Cowdery’s Messenger and Advocate Letters to Be Understood and Used? (Mormon 6:6).” KnoWhy 453 (July 26, 2018).

Book of Mormon Central. “Where is the Location of the Hill Cumorah? (Mormon 6:6).” KnoWhy 489 (November 29, 2018).

Mormon 6:5

Hedges, Andrew H. “Cumorah and the Limited Mesoamerican Theory.” Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 10, no. 2 (2009): 111–134.

Hedges, Andrew H. “Problems with Probability: A Response.” Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 10, no. 2 (2009): 159–162.

Ricks, Stephen D., and John A. Tvedtnes. “The Hebrew Origin of Three Book of Mormon Place-Names.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by John W. Welch and Melvin J. Thorne, 88–92. Provo, UT: FARMS, 1999.

Ricks, Stephen D., and John A. Tvedtnes. “Notes and Communications: The Hebrew Origin of Some Book of Mormon Place Names.” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6, no. 2 (1997): 255–259.

Roper, Matthew. “Plausibility, Probability, and the Cumorah Question.” Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel 10, no. 2 (2009): 135–158.

Sperry, Sidney B. “Were There Two Cumorahs?” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 4, no. 1 (1995): 260–268.

Mormon 6:6

Book of Mormon Central. “Are There Other Ancient Records Like the Book of Mormon? (Mormon 8:16).” KnoWhy 407 (February 13, 2018).

Book of Mormon Central. “Is the Book of Mormon Like Other Ancient Metal Documents? (Jacob 4:2).” KnoWhy 512 (April 25, 2019).

Hamblin, William J. “Sacred Writing on Metal Plates in the Ancient Mediterranean.” FARMS Review 19, no. 1 (2007): 37–54.

Hamblin, William J. “Metal Plates and the Book of Mormon.” In Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s, edited by John W. Welch and Melvin J. Thorne, 20–22. Provo, UT: FARMS, 1999.

Tvedtnes, John A. The Book of Mormon and Other Hidden Books: "Out of Darkness Unto Light". Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 2000.

Wright, H. Curtis. “Metallic Documents of Antiquity.” BYU Studies Quarterly 10, no. 4 (1970): 457–477.

Wright, H. Curtis “Ancient Burials of Metal Documents in Stone Boxes.” In By Study and Also By Faith: Essays in Honor of Hugh W. Nibley, Volume 2. Edited by John M. Lundquist and Stephen D. Ricks. Salt Lake City and Provo, UT: Deseret Book and FARMS, 1990, 273–334.

Mormon 6:11

Welch, John W. “Number 24.” In Reexploring the Book of Mormon, edited by John W. Welch, 272–274. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: FARMS/Deseret Book, 1992.

Mormon 6:14

Book of Mormon Central. “How Could So Many People Have Died at the Battle of Cumorah? (Mormon 6:14).” KnoWhy 231 (November 15, 2016).

Ricks, Stephen D. “Some Notes on Book of Mormon Names.” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 4 (2013): 155–160.

Mormon 6:17–20

Book of Mormon Central. “How Did Mormon React to Seeing His People Slain? (Mormon 6:17).” KnoWhy 232 (November 16, 2016).

Bowen, Matthew L. “’O Ye Fair Ones’ - Revisited.” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 20 (2016): 315–344.

Cottam, William. “I Have a Question: If both the Lamanites and the Nephites became wicked in the end, why was one group destroyed while the Lord allowed the other to remain?” Ensign (June 1990).