A great deal of the scriptures have been written by those who have been through the process, and who are trying to give us instruction to repeat it in our own lives. "Events" which occur are in the scriptures, as well. But we will never arrive at the "events" unless we first realize there is a process and we begin to participate actively in that process.
The first chapter of Abraham, second and third verses, describes a lengthy process. It took decades to unfold. It was not merely that Abraham determined to do something and then it happened. He's giving a recitation of the process whereby he became at last a "rightful heir" and a "prince of peace" who had "received instructions" and "held the right belonging to the fathers."
His quest began in "the land of the Chaldeans." His ordination would not occur until he was transplanted nearly a thousand miles to the place where Melchizedek would at last ordain and endow him. (D&C 84: 14.) Shem was the "great high priest" we know as "Melek" (king) and "Zadok" (priest) or in other words Melchizedek. (D&C 138: 41.)
The Lord lives in a timeless state. (D&C 130: 7; Alma 40: 8.) We live inside time. When the Lord shows things to prophets from His perspective, it takes a while for men to comprehend what they have been shown. It is a process. Our effort is also required.