The Book of Alma. This volume is the second of three on the Book of Mormon. It covers the last chapters of Mosiah and all of the book of Alma. It begins with the story of the conversion of Alma the Younger. We learn of the beginning of the reign of the judges. Then we follow the missionary efforts of Alma and Amulek in the land of Zarahemla, followed by the missions of the sons of Mosiah to the Lamanites in the Land of Nephi. We follow the fate of the Anti-Nephi-Lehies. We read Alma's letters to his sons, including an in-depth discussion of the Great Plan of Happiness. Then we finish with the stories of Captain Moroni and Helaman's stripling warriors. In all, it covers 67 years of Nephite history from 130 to 63 BC when the book of Helaman began. The cover features a beautiful painting of "The Title of Liberty," by Joseph Brickey.
Book of Mormon Set: A companion to your study of the Book of Mormon, the Book of Mormon Study Guides from the Making Precious Things Plain Series are a rich resource for teachers, students, and gospel scholars alike. In these three volumes full of supplemental material, Dr. Randal Chase, a veteran Institute and Gospel Doctrine teacher, shares years of insights into the scriptures by exploring scriptural symbolism, background, culture, and chronology, as well as the words and teachings of gospel authorities. These unique study guides of the Book of Mormon provide new depth and understanding to the scriptures. Readers will enjoy Dr. Chase's relaxed style and easy presentation as they gather information, clarification, and quotes that can be used for either private study or public speaking. A welcome addition to any library, these guides will broaden your comprehension of this "Another Testament of Christ," which Joseph Smith called "the keystone of our religion." Dr. Chase has also released 3 volumes each on Church History, the Old Testament, and the New Testament.
Full Set: A must for every Book of Mormon, Gospel Doctrine, Seminary, or Institute teacher and student. Making Precious Things Plain is a new series of gospel study guides for the four standard works of the Church. This 12 Volume set of Gospel Doctrine study guides is without question, the most comprehensive and fully documented work of its kind in the Church. Dr. Randal S. Chase, a veteran CES and Institute instructor, provides insights into the background, meaning, and chronology of the scriptures in a relaxed and understandable style. The stories, quotes, examples, maps and illustrations are unequaled in any other reference guide of its kind in print today. Readers will find their information, clarifications, and quotes valuable assets in their personal study.
About the Author
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.
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