Here is another map for Book of Mormon study purposes.
This one is for Alma 28-35 which includes Korihor as well as the Zoramites and their Rameumptom idea.
The Book of Alma basically has 3 overall themes:
1) The missionary journeys
2) Battles (political and spiritual) within the Nephites themselves
3) Battles with the Lamanites
This map is mostly dealing with #2. Which is interesting to note that it effects their ability to deal with #3.
I should mention that I am a very visual learner, and by default, I am a very visual teacher. Also, I’m not sure how many times I have read the Book of Mormon – but regardless of frequency of reading it, I have struggled to connect many dots, grasp the journeys and how they overlap with each other, and therefore understand the teachings you can gain from JUST understanding the story line alone.
For example – one of my favorite chapters in the Book of Mormon is Alma 13 – its about the Priesthood. I have read that over and over and over and totally missed the context of that chapter. It wasn’t until I drew that map that I truly grasped that Alma was preaching that doctrine to those in Ammonihah. A very wicked city that had already cast him out and will very shortly put him in prison. Alma! Their former chief judge and current High Priest! That is like someone putting President Monson in prison!! Sheesh. It makes sense though – it is a great doctrine to teach to wake them up. “Do you realize who you are??? And what you should be doing?” Alma is brilliant at teaching the right thing in the right place to help all the very different Nephites with their very different needs. Like to his son Corianton who is breaking the law of Chastity. Alma mentions this very strongly and then he teaches about something Brilliant. The Resurrection. He teaches him about the long lasting consequences of our choices. Is it worth it Corianton? Alma takes his perspective from “here and now” to the “there and then”. Now choose what you really want.
Understanding the Book of Mormon in context has meant something totally different to me this go around. And I have learned so much more about the prophets and why they taught what they taught, where and when they did. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be this way ourselves? To be so filled with truths, doctrines, and the Spirit that we could respond to every situation just as needed? Especially with our families? Actually, President Kimball said it better. I love this quote – I think I have it written in every set of scriptures I have.
“Women should be students of scripture. We want our homes to be blessed with sister scriptorians – whether you are single or married, young or old, widowed or living in a family. Regardless of your particular circumstances, as you become more and more familiar with the truths of the scriptures, you will be more and more effective in keeping the second great commandment, to love our neighbor as yourself. Become scholars of the scriptures – not to put others down, but to lift them up! Afer all, who has any greater need to ‘treasure up’ the truths of the Gospel (on which they may call in their moments of need) than do women and mothers who do so much nurturing and teaching.” (President Spencer W. Kimball, Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, 321, emphasis added)