Pacing Your Teaching of the Book of Mormon

“Pacing Your Teaching of the Book of Mormon,” Book of Mormon Teacher Resource Manual (2004), 5–6


As with the other standard works, there is not enough time in a school year to discuss every verse in the Book of Mormon. The challenge is to pace your teaching. If you move slowly and spend too much time teaching 1 Nephi or 3 Nephi, you will miss the messages of Ether and Moroni. If you move too fast, your students may not understand and appreciate significant parts of the Book of Mormon. Use this pacing guide to help you decide how much you need to cover each day and week and what chapters to assign your students to read.

Because there are many types of seminary programs throughout the world, it is not possible to organize this manual to fit every situation. You may need to adapt this 36-week guide to your program and the needs of your students. Seminary is taught five days per week, but lesson material is provided for only four days, to allow time for interruptions such as school activities and assemblies, special seminary activities and presentations, scripture mastery, and tests and quizzes. You may choose to spend more than one day to teach a scripture block more effectively. This flexibility is meant to encourage you to seek the direction of the Spirit to meet the specific needs of your students.

Teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to the youth of the Church is a sacred trust and a joyous duty. May the Lord bless you and your students this year as you study the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

Pacing Guide for a 36-Week School Year

Week

Suggested Scripture Block to Be Taught

1

Days 1–2: “Plan of Salvation Overview” and “Overview of the Book of Mormon”

Days 3–4: “The Title Page of the Book of Mormon” and “The Introduction to the Book of Mormon”

2

Day 1: 1 Nephi 1

Day 2: 1 Nephi 2–3

Day 3: 1 Nephi 4

Day 4: 1 Nephi 5

3

Day 1: 1 Nephi 6–7

Day 2: 1 Nephi 8–9

Days 3–4: 1 Nephi 10–15

4

Day 1: 1 Nephi 16

Day 2: 1 Nephi 17–18

Day 3: 1 Nephi 19

Day 4: 1 Nephi 20–22

5

Days 1–2: 2 Nephi 1–2

Days 3–4: 2 Nephi 3–5

6

Day 1: 2 Nephi 6

Day 2: 2 Nephi 7–8

Days 3–4: 2 Nephi 9–10

7

Day 1: 2 Nephi 11

Days 2–4: 2 Nephi 12–24

8

Day 1: 2 Nephi 25

Day 2: 2 Nephi 26–27

Day 3: 2 Nephi 28

Day 4: 2 Nephi 29–30

9

Day 1: 2 Nephi 31

Day 2: 2 Nephi 32

Day 3: 2 Nephi 33

Day 4: Jacob 1

10

Day 1: Jacob 2

Day 2: Jacob 3–4

Day 3: Jacob 5

Day 4:Jacob 6–7

11

Day 1: Enos

Day 2: Jarom, Omni, Words of Mormon

Days 3–4: Mosiah 1–3

12

Day 1: Mosiah 4

Day 2: Mosiah 5–6

Day 3: Mosiah 7–8

Day 4: Mosiah 9–10

13

Day 1: Mosiah 11–12

Days 2–3: Mosiah 13–15

Day 4: Mosiah 16–17

14

Day 1: Mosiah 18

Day 2: Mosiah 19–22

Day 3: Mosiah 23–24

Day 4: Mosiah 25–26

15

Day 1: Mosiah 27

Day 2: Mosiah 28–29

Day 3: Alma 1–2

Day 4: Alma 3–4

16

Days 1–2: Alma 5

Day 3: Alma 6–7

Day 4: Alma 8

17

Day 1: Alma 9–10

Day 2: Alma 11

Days 3–4: Alma 12–13

18

Days 1–2: Alma 14–16

Days 3–4: Alma 17–19

19

Day 1: Alma 17–19 (continued)

Day 2: Alma 20

Day 3: Alma 21–22

Day 4: Alma 23–26

20

Day 1: Alma 27–29

Day 2: Alma 30

Days 3–4: Alma 31–32

21

Days 1–2: Alma 33–34

Day 3: Alma 35–36

Day 4: Alma 37–38

22

Day 1: Alma 39

Day 2: Alma 40

Day 3: Alma 41

Day 4: Alma 42

23

Day 1: Alma 43–45

Day 2: Alma 46–49

Day 3: Alma 50–53

Day 4: Alma 54–58

24

Day 1: Alma 59–63

Day 2: Helaman 1–2

Day 3: Helaman 3–4

Day 4: Helaman 5–6

25

Days 1–2: Helaman 7–9

Day 3: Helaman 10–11

Day 4: Helaman 12

26

Day 1: Helaman 13

Day 2: Helaman 14

Day 3: Helaman 15–16

Day 4: 3 Nephi 1–2

27

Day 1: 3 Nephi 3–4

Day 2: 3 Nephi 5–7

Day 3: 3 Nephi 8–10

Day 4: >3 Nephi 11

28

Day 1: 3 Nephi 12

Day 2: 3 Nephi 13

Day 3: 3 Nephi 14

Day 4: 3 Nephi 15

29

Day 1: 3 Nephi 16

Day 2: 3 Nephi 17

Day 3: 3 Nephi 18

Day 4: 3 Nephi 19–20

30

Day 1: 3 Nephi 21

Day 2: 3 Nephi 22–23

Day 3: 3 Nephi 24–25

Day 4: 3 Nephi 26

31

Days 1–2: 3 Nephi 27–30

Day 3: 4 Nephi

Day 4: Mormon 1–2

32

Day 1: Mormon 3–5

Day 2: Mormon 6–7

Day 3: Mormon 8

Day 4: Mormon 9

33

Days 1–2: Ether 1–2

Day 3: Ether 3

Day 4: Ether 4–6

34

Day 1: Ether 7–8

Day 2: Ether 9–11

Day 3: Ether 12

Day 4: Ether 13–15

35

Days 1–2: Moroni 1–6

Days 3–4: Moroni 7

36

Day 1: Moroni 8

Day 2: Moroni 9

Days 3–4: Moroni 10