This volume is the first of three on the Book of Mormon. It covers 1st Nephi through the Book of Mosiah. This includes the journey of Lehi and his family across the Arabian Peninsula to Bountiful. It follows them on to the promised land, where the Nephites and Lamanites separated. It contains the marvelous prophesies of Lehi, Nephi, and Jacob. We then read remarks from the book’s editor in the words of Mormon, and follow the Nephites until their establishment in the land of Zarahemla under King Mosiah. In all, it...
This volume is the first of three on the Book of Mormon. It covers 1st Nephi through the Book of Mosiah. This includes the journey of Lehi and his family across the Arabian Peninsula to Bountiful. It follows them on to the promised land, where the Nephites and Lamanites separated. It contains the marvelous prophesies of Lehi, Nephi, and Jacob. We then read remarks from the book’s editor in the words of Mormon, and follow the Nephites until their establishment in the land of Zarahemla under King Mosiah. In all, it covers 508 years of Nephite history up until about 92 BC when the book of Alma began. The cover features a beautiful photograph of the Land Bountiful taken by Scot Facer Proctor.
Table of Contents
Ch. Title Scripture Refs
1. Intro to the Book of Mormon: Keystone
2. Revelation, Obedience, & Brass Plates (1 Nephi 1–7)
3. The Meaning of the Tree of life (1 Nephi 8–12, 15)
4. Nephi’s Prophetic Visions (1 Nephi 12–14)
5. The Journey to the New World (1 Nephi 16–22)
6. Lehi’s Final Blessings and Teachings (2 Nephi 1–2)
7. Joseph & Restoration; Nephites Depart (2 Nephi 3–5)
8. The Early Teachings of Jacob (2 Nephi 6–10)
** Interpreting Isaiah (1Ne20–21;2Ne7–8;Isa48–51)
9. Isaiah in the Book of Mormon (2 Ne 11–24; Isa 2–14)
10. The Prophecies of Nephi (2 Nephi 25–30)
11. The Doctrine of Christ (2 Nephi 31–33)
12. Jacob’s Teachings at the Temple (Jacob 1–4)
13. Zenos’ Allegory of the Olive Trees (Jacob 5–7)
14. Prayer; God’s Foreknowledge (Enos,Jarom,Omni,W.Mormon)
15. King Benjamin’s Final Sermon (Mosiah 1–3)
16. The People’s Great Conversion (Mosiah 4–6)
17. Zeniff & Noah in the Land of Nephi (Mosiah 7-11)
18. Abinadi’s Message and Death (Mosiah 12-17)
19. Nephite Bondage and Liberation (Mosiah 18-24)
** Special chapter providing additional information
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Making Precious Things Plain . . . is a great series. . . . These books contain a wealth of information, including scripture references and many quotes . . .from past and present prophets, apostles, and general authorities of the Church. Some are humorous and some are purely informative. All of them will help the reader to reach a new level of faith and understanding. . . . Dr. Chase writes in a very personal, upbeat manner. It has the feel of attending one of Dr. Chase's institute classes.
Randal S. Chase spent his childhood years in Nephi, Utah, where his father was a dry land wheat farmer and a businessman. In 1959 their family moved to Salt Lake City and settled in the Holladay area. He served a full-time mission in the Central British (England Central) Mission from 1968 to 1970. He returned home and married Deborah Johnsen in 1971. They are the parents of six children—two daughters and four sons—and an ever-expanding number of grandchildren.
He was called to serve as a bishop at the age of twenty-seven in the Sandy Crescent South Stake area of the Salt Lake Valley. He served six years in that capacity and has since served as a high councilor, a stake executive secretary and clerk, and in many other stake and ward callings. Regardless of whatever other callings he has received over the years, one was nearly constant: he has taught Gospel Doctrine classes in every ward he has ever lived in as an adult—for a total of thirty-five years.
Dr. Chase was a well-known media personality on Salt Lake City radio stations in the 1970s. He left on-air broadcasting in 1978 to develop and market computer-based management, sales, and music programming systems to radio and television stations in the United States, Canada, South America, and Australia. After the business was sold in 1984, he supported his family as a media and business consultant in the Salt Lake City area.
Having a great desire to teach young people of college age, he determined in the late 1980s to pursue his doctorate, and he received his PhD in communication from the University of Utah in 1997. He has taught communication courses at that institution as well as at Salt Lake Community College and Dixie State College of Utah for twenty-one years. He is currently a full-time tenured faculty member in the Communication Department at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah.
Concurrently with his academic career, Dr. Chase has served as a volunteer LDS Institute and Adult Education instructor in the CES system since 1994, both in Salt Lake City and St. George, where he currently teaches a weekly Adult Education class for three stakes in the Washington area. He has also conducted multiple Church history tours and seminars. During these years of gospel teaching, he has developed an extensive library of lesson plans and handouts that are the predecessors to these study guides.