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