When Mormon compiled the Book of Mormon, there are a few places where he is telling different stories that overlap each other in time. For example, while my brother was on his mission in the Philippines, my little sister was in High School, I was teaching Seminary, and my older sister was raising her family. We were each having our own story. So if someone were writing a book about my family, there would be a challenge in telling our individual stories, in one book, without confusing the reader concerning where, when and who they are reading about.
This is why you can become rather confused in the Book of Mosiah and the first 27 chapters of the Book of Alma. Mormon is telling stories that overlap in time and he does a brilliant job at it. But I think he expected us to do a little work in piecing it all together. If you are a visual learner – I hope this helps you. This is one of a series of Book of Mormon visual maps. By no means do I expect this to be accurate in terms of geography. I arranged the cities and lands in more of a chronoligical manner – so as stories progress, you move down the page. I left the actual geography up to the dedicated scholars.
Print it off and write all over it. Color code it. And make your inspired notes.
And here is a simple activity if you just want to sit down and get a bird’s eye view of the story line…
I truly hope this helps you.
We now have much better maps made by an awesome graphic designer available on our download store. We have maps for the entire book of Alma (5 total).