Nephi's small plates are a time capsule from the sixth century B.C., containing a "loser's eye view" of religion that strongly contrasts with the ideology of the Jerusalem establishment of the time. Lehi's dream and Nephi's interpretive vision are visionary-literary accounts of the two temple ordinances at the heart of the worship of Lehi's "visionary men" -- the Peace Offerings and the Day of Atonement. Learning to understand those visions opens up the rest of the Book of Mormon, and ancient scripture in general.
Plain and Precious Things: The Temple Religion of the Book of Mormon's Visionary Men is an e-book. You can buy it on Amazon or on Smashwords. It is also available in paperback: you can buy it on Amazon.
The Goodness and the Mysteries: On the Path of the Book of Mormon's Visionary Men picks up where Plain and Precious Things leaves off. We examine John 1, Helaman 5, and Ether 3 as documents of the visionary men, to see what our paradigm tells us about the texts and what the texts give us to add to the paradigm. We learn to read Isaiah not as prophecies of the distant future, but ordinance-based allegorical history, condemning the apostate royal and priestly leaders of his day and describing his own calling to lead an underground exodus of new temple worship. We learn about the role, importance, and controversial nature of the the Virgin-Tree of 1 Nephi 8 and 11.