I am a visual and hands-on learner. I can learn a subject much more quickly if I have something to look at (e.g., objects, diagrams, and maps), touch with my hands (hands-on), and be able to read about the subject. I am usually a good listener, too. So, verbal instructions also help. I do much better if I have multiple types of input.
That said, I have created a simplified map of the People of the Book of Mormon. It is a relatively accurate tool that helps me to remember people, places, and events in the Book of Mormon. I want to share this tool with anyone who may be interested. It is NOT meant to represent a precise or realistic map of Book of Mormon lands. It is just a simple diagram attempting to depict the movement of key groups of people, significant locations and places, and other important events mentioned in the Book of Mormon record. I have also included many dates recorded and estimated in the Book of Mormon. These dates help me to see the probable chronological order and estimated sequence. Please note: this map ONLY represents key events that occurred BEFORE the missionary journeys of Alma the Younger, Amulek, and the sons of Mosiah. I have NOT attempted to diagram the “war chapters,” nor have I attempted to diagram the glorious events surrounding the visitation of the Lord Jesus Christ to the righteous Nephite people (see 3 Nephi 9-30).
Again, this is just a simple diagram, and it is not to scale. I have only tried to show the relative periods of time, the associations of key groups, as well as places and events as mentioned in the Book of Mormon. It was helpful for me to sort out these people and events, and I hope it will be of some use to you (and to others) as you immerse yourself in the study of this inspired work of Holy Scripture.
Graphic #1: A Simple Diagram:
Peoples of the Book of Mormon
(2200 BC thru 120 BC)
Please Note: You may want to click on this link: “Suggested Map Timeline.” Doing so will open a useful Book of Mormon Timeline Chart. You can print a copy of the Timeline Chart and refer to it as you read thru the Book of Mormon. It’s also a useful tool as you read along and follow the diagram and/or PowerPoint Presentation below. Just click on the “Suggested Map Timeline” link above and print it off for a quick reference to dates, people and places.
Graphic #2: A PowerPoint Presentation:
If you would like to view a larger interactive PowerPoint Presentation illustrating a sequential timeline of key historic Book of Mormon events, please click here: Book of Mormon Events Presentation. When the PowerPoint map image appears on your screen, you can print a full color copy of the diagram for reference. Then, you can begin to view the presentation by clicking on the “Present” button in the upper right corner of the PowerPoint, or the symbol at the bottom right side of the PowerPoint screen. Click thru the slides to watch the PowerPoint.
(Note: A final click after the last screen will close the window and return you to the initial diagram. (Here too, you can print the full screen.) Then, click the “X” in the screen tab at the top of the window to close the PowerPoint screen and return to this post.)
Finally, as you view the diagram and watch the attached PowerPoint Presentation, please remember …these are just simple graphic tools to aide in our understanding of the Book of Mormon (it’s key people, places and events). And also, please remember this very important thought from our Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, concerning our study of the history and geography of the Book of Mormon. President Nelson has taught: “Interesting as these matters may be, study of the Book of Mormon is most rewarding when one focuses on its primary purpose—to testify of Jesus Christ. By comparison, all other issues are incidental.” (Russell M. Nelson, “A Testimony of the Book of Mormon,” October 1999 general conference)
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