Book of Mormon study guide.
01/08/2008. There are several ways to read and study the Book of Mormon.
If you are not a member of the LDS church and have just an intellectual curiosity, ie. no religious motivations, then it would probably be best to just read it from beginning to end. You can read it online, order a free copy through the missionary department, or buy a copy through the church's online store. (You might get follow-up phone calls if you request a free copy, but you receive no follow-up phone calls and no follow-up emails (other than ordering/shipping confirmation) if you buy one online.) If you don't want to deal directly with the LDS church, you can buy a copy at Amazon.com or eBay.com.
If you are not a member of the LDS church and you haven't read it before, but have a religious curiosity about it, as to what it teaches about God, Christ and the Holy Ghost, I would suggest this reading sequence:
1. Moroni 10: 3-5. (Book of Moroni, chapter 10, verses 3 through 5.) Page 529 in the English edition. Read this to learn of the prophetic promise given to those who read the Book of Mormon with real intent.
2. 3 Nephi, chapters 11 through 26, containing the visit of the Savior to the Americas, starting on page 427. This is perhaps the most powerful part of the book. As you read this section, or after you finish reading this section, pray to know the truthfulness of what you read, in the manner suggested by the previous reading, Moroni 10:3-5.
3. 2 Nephi chapter 9, starting on page 72. This describes the Atonement of Christ, and why it is necessary.
4. Alma chapter 42, starting on page 311. This descrbies what is called "the Plan of Salvation" or the purpose of mortality, the fall, and redemption through the Atonement and repentance.
If you are a member, the 2008 Gospel Doctrine Sunday School manual may be used to study the Book of Mormon, which can be read online, or buy it here.