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The Book of Mormon Diagrammed as a Single Passage of Chiasmus (Missing numbers indicate that this piece is an abridged version of a 19-page document.)
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The First Book of Nephi Nephi, son of Lehi, begins his record. Lehi sees in vision, praises God, foretells the Messiah, prophesies the destruction of Jerusalem. He is persecuted by the Jews. About 600 B.C. CH2 2 Lehi is faithful and takes his family into the wilderness; they are led by the Liahona 3 Nephi is obedient and prays in faith; 5 Nephi writes of the things of God. His purpose is to persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham and be saved. 6 Laman and others rebel. Nephi exhorts his brethren to have faith in the Lord They bind him with cords and plan his destruction - this is the beginning of brother against brother. Nephi is freed by the power of faith 20 Lehi sees a vision of the tree of life, rod of iron, a straight and narrow path, and the mists of darkness that enshroud men. CH9 22 Lehi predicts the Babylonian captivity 23 Lehi tells of the coming among the Jews of a Messiah, a Savior, a Redeemer Lehi tells of the death and resurrection of the Messiah 24 Nephi speaks of the Son of God. Nephi sees the Spirit of the Lord, is shown a vision, learns of the condescension of God 25 Nephi sees in vision: the land of promise, the righteousness, iniquity, and downfall of its inhabitants; the coming of the Lamb of God; the twelve apostles shall judge Israel; 27 Nephi sees in vision:the church of the devil; gentile apostasy; the restoration of the gospel, and the building up of Zion. CH 1 45 Nephi is commanded to build a ship. CH 18 The company embarks for the promised land. Nephi's brother rebel and bind Nephi. The ship is driven back by a terrible tempest. 48 The God of Israel shall come six hundred years from the time Lehi left JerusalemNephi tells of sufferings and crucifixion of the Savior 52 Israel shall be gathered Between 588 and 570 B.C. The Second Book of Nephi 56 Lehi prophesies of a land of liberty. His seed shall be scattered and smitten if they reject the Holy One of Israel 63 the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. CH 4 66 Nephites separate themselves from the Lamanites (the beginning of the Nephite nation) 67 Because of their unbelief, the Lamanites are cursed, receive a skin of blackness, and become a scourge unto the Nephites. CH 6 74 In the Latter days, the Jews will believe in the Messiah. 88 The Lord shall lift an ensign and gather Israel CH 16 100 Destruction of wicked at the Second Coming. Few people shall be left after the Lord comes again 105 Remnant of Jacob shall return in the last days CH 21 Knowledge of God shall cover the earth in the Millennium. The Lord shall raise an ensign and gather Israel. CH 22 118 Nephites keep the law of Moses and believe in Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel. CH 26 124 The devil shall rage in the hearts of men He shall teach all manner of false doctrines. CH 29 131 The Lord speaks to many nations. Many Lamanites and Jews shall believe and become a delightsome peopleIsrael will be restored and the wicked destroyed. CH 31 132 Nephi tells why Christ would be baptized Men must follow Christ, be baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end to be savedRepentance and baptism are the gate to the strait and narrow path Eternal life comes to those who keep the commandments after baptism. CH 32 135 Angels speak by the power of the Holy GhostMen must pray and gain knowledge for themselves from the Holy Ghost . CH 33 The Book of Jacob 140 Jacob confounds a man who seeketh to overthrow the doctrine of Christ. 145 Jacob denounces the love of riches, pride, and unchastityMen should seek riches to help their fellow men 149 All of the prophets have spoken of Christ and his atonement About 544421 B.C The Book of Enos 150 Enos prays mightily and gains a remission of his sinsThe voice of the Lord comes into his mind promising salvation for the Lamanites in a future day. 152 The Book of Jarom 153 The Nephites keep the law of Moses, look forward to the coming of Christ, and prosper in the land. About 399361 B.C. The Book of Omni The Words of Mormon 158 King Benjamin establishes peace in the land. About A.D. 385 160 The Book of Mosiah 164 Mosiah is chosen as king and is given custody of the records and other things. CH2 171 Benjamin exhorts the saints to be steadfast and immovable in good works. CH7 174 those who put their trust in the Lord shall be delivered. CH 11 180 Abinadi is protected by divine powerHe teaches the Ten Commandments 181 Abinadi suffers death by fire He prophesies disease and death by fire upon his murderers. CH18 185 Alma organizes the Church of Christ and ordains priestsThey support themselves... 186 Alma and his people flee from King Noah into the wilderness. ABOUT CH19 193 Those who repent and are baptized gain forgivenessChurch members in sin who repent and confess to Alma and to the Lord shall be forgiven; CH27 194 Alma the younger and the four sons of Mosiah seek to destroy the ChurchAn angel commands them to cease their evil courseAlma is struck dumb 195 All mankind must be born again to gain salvation CH28 198 Mosiah translates the Jaredite plates with the two seer stones. CH29 Unrighteous kings lead their people into sin
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humble and do the works of righteousness 215 Those who do evil works are children of the devilABOUT 83 B.C. CH6 218 Filthiness cannot inherit the kingdom of GodHumility, faith, hope, and charity are required. ABOUT 83 B.C. CH8 226 Christ will not save people in their sins Only those who inherit the kingdom of heaven are saved. All men shall rise in immortality 229 The plan of redemption brings to pass the resurrection and, through faith, a remission of sins 231 They will reveal the actual coming of Christ. CH14 Alma and Amulek are imprisoned and smitten. 233 Alma and Amulek go to Sidom and establish a church. They baptize many; the Church prospersAbout 81 B.C. CH16 235 The Lamanites destroy the people of AmmonihahZoram leads the Nephites to victory over the Lamanites 237 They teach that after his resurrection Christ will appear to the Nephites. 240 Alma and Amulek and many others preach the word, that after his resurrection Christ will appear to the Nephites. About 81B.C. 241 The sufferings and deliverance of the Sons of Mosiah according to the record of Alma, 243 the son of Alma the Elder (Note the central emphasis on two themes: fathers/sons and men who had a change of heart, both of which are consistent teachings throughout the Book of Mormon.) 243 The sons of Mosiah have 241 the spirit of prophecy and of revelation. 240 They go their several ways to declare the word to the Lamanites, a wild and a hardened and a ferocious people;.CH18 237 Ammon teaches the king of the creation, of God's dealings with men, and of the redemption that comes through Christ. Lamoni believes and falls to the earth as if dead. About90 B.C. CH19 Lamoni receives the light of everlasting life and sees the RedeemerSome of his household see angels 235 Ammon is miraculously preserved 233 Ammon baptizes many and establishes a church among them. About 90 B.C.CH20 231 Aaron teaches the Amalekites About Christ and his atonementAaron and his brethren are imprisoned in Middoni 229 Aaron teaches Lamoni's father about the creation, the fall of Adam, the plan of redemption through Christ 226 The Amalekites and the Amulonites reject the truth. About 9077 B.C. CH24 218 The faithful are strengthened by the Lord and are given knowledge. CH28 215 The wicked are consigned to a state of endless woe; 213 The righteous attain a never-ending happiness. About 7776 B.C 212 Alma desires to cry repentance with angelic zealThe Lord grants teachers for all nations CH29 210 Korihor, the antichrist, ridicules Christ, the atonement, and the spirit of prophecyHe teaches that there is no God, no fall of man, and no Christ. 208 Korihor demands a sign and is struck dumbCH31 205 Alma teaches the poor 203 The preaching of the word destroys the priestcraft of the Zoramites 200 The commandments of Alma to his son Helaman. CH36 Alma testifies to Helaman of his conversion by an angelCH37 198 As the Liahona guided the Nephites, so the word of Christ leads men to eternal life. 195 Christ bringeth to pass the resurrection of all menCH41 In the resurrection men come forth to a state of endless happiness or endless misery. 194 Wickedness never was happinessCarnal men are without God in the world 193 Redemption comes through repentanceGod himself atoneth for the sins of the worldMercy is for those who repent. Only the truly penitent are saved. About 74 B.C. CH43 186 Amalickiah and the dissenters flee to the land of Nephi 185 Helaman and his brethren continue to strengthen the Church. About 72 B.C. CH50 181 Teancum slays Amalickiah. About 6766 B.C. CH53 180 Jacob the Lamanite is slain 174 Helaman's two thousand stripling sons fight with miraculous power and none of them are slain. 171 The sons of the people of Ammon are preserved as they stand fast in defense of their liberty and faith. 164 Shiblon and later Helaman takes possession of the sacred records. About 5652 B.C.
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200 The Book of Alma, the Son of Alma 203 Nehor teaches false doctrines, establishes a church, introduces priestcraft, Priestcrafts and persecutions spread among the people 205 The people care for the poor, and the Church prospers. ABOUT 9188 B.C. CH2 208 Men bring their own curses upon themselves 210 Iniquity enters the Church, and the Church's progress is hindered 212 Alma, as high priest, devotes himself to the ministry. ABOUT 8683 B.C. CH5 213 To gain salvation, men must repent, keep the commandments, be born again, cleanse their garments through the blood of Christ, be

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160 The Book of Helaman CH1 158 Tens of thousands are converted and baptized 153 The righteous Lamanites preach to the wicked Nephites. Both peoples prosper during an era of peace and plenty. 152 The Prophecy of Nephi, the Son of Helaman CH 7 150 Nephi prays upon his garden tower and then calls upon the people to repent or perish. About 2321 B.C. CH 8 149 Abraham, Moses, Zenos, Zenock, Ezias, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lehi, and Nephi all testified of ChristCH11 145 Samuel the Lamanite prophesies the destruction of the Nephites unless they repentSamuel curses the Nephites and their riches. 140 The unbelievers say it is not reasonable to believe in Christ and his coming in Jerusalem. ABOUT 61 B.C. Third Nephi 135 Angels minister to Nephi daily, and he raises his brother from the dead 132 Many repent and are baptized. CH8 131 The voice of Christ proclaims the destruction of many people and cities for their wickednessHe also proclaims his divinity, announces that the law of Moses is fulfilled, and invites men to come unto him and be saved. CH10 124 Jesus Christ did show himself unto the people, and did minister unto them; CH11 The Father testifies of his Beloved Son 118 Jesus announces that the law of Moses is fulfilled in him. 105 Israel shall be gathered when the Book of Mormon comes forth. The lost tribes shall return. CH25 100 At the Second Coming the proud and wicked shall be burned as stubble. Elijah shall return before that great and dreadful day 88 The Latter-day Gentiles are must repent and come unto Christ and be numbered with the house of Israel. Fourth Nephi, 74 The Book of Mormon invites the twelve tribes of Israel to believe the gospel of Jesus Christ. CH4 67 The Lamanites shall be a dark, filthy, and loathsome peopleThey shall receive the gospel from the Gentiles in the latter days. CH6, 66 The Nephite nation is destroyedHundreds of thousands are slain with the sword. (The ending of the Nephite nation), CH7 63 The Book of Mormon shall come forth Book of Ether CH1 56 The Lord promises to lead the Jaredites to a choice land and make them a great nation. CH2 52 The Jaredites prepare for their Journey to a promised landThey build barges. 48 Christ shows his spirit body to the brother of JaredThose who have a perfect knowledge cannot be kept from within the veil 45 The Jaredite barges are driven by the winds toward the promised land 27 Secret combinations are of the devil, result inthe destruction of nations. Modern Gentiles are warned against secret combinations which shall seek to overthrow all lands, nations, and countries. CH9 25 Wars, dissensions, and wickedness dominate Jaredite life Jaredite prophets predict the utter destruction of the Jaredites unless they repent The people reject the words of the prophets. CH12 24 Faith enabled the brother of Jared to see Christ 23 Moroni saw Jesus face to face. CH13 22 Ether speaks of a New Jerusalem to be built in America by the seed of Joseph 20 Ether prophesies, is cast out, writes the Jaredite history, and foretells the destruction of the Jaredites. War rages over all the land. 6 Millions of the Jaredites are slain in battle. The Jaredite nation is utterly destroyed The Book of Moroni CH1 5 Moroni writes for the benefit of the Lamanites. The Spirit of Christ enables men to know good from evil Satan persuades men to deny Christ and do evil. Faith, repentance, receiving the Holy Ghost, enduring to the end lead to salvation. CH9 3 Mormon prays that grace and goodness may rest upon Moroni forever. CH10 (Mormon is persecuted and killed by the Lamanites) 2 The gifts of the Spirit are dispensed to the faithful. 1 Moroni, son of Mormon, ends the record of his people, invites all to come unto Christ. The destruction of the Nephite and Lamanite nations is complete; Moroni is persecuted by the

Lamanites. About A.D.421