Understanding the Book of Isaiah Using the Book of Mormon

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Yea, a commandment I give unto you that ye search these things diligently; 

great are the words of Isaiah (3Ne 12:1)

We all know there are Ten Commandments. We can probably list others too, but the one directly from the Savior’s mouth in 3 Nephi 12:1 to search the words of Isaiah diligently, is a tough one for me.

I have been trying to keep it for quite a few years, albeit pretty half-heartedly. About the time word processing became available, the scriptures were put on on CD/DVDs. I worked through the footnotes, maps and stuff in the Bible Dictionary to help understand this puzzling book. Then I got serious about outlining and comparing verses of Isaiah with the Book of Mormon, with conference talks, and had it all spelled out, but only for a couple of dozen chapters.

Still, with all that effort, I felt like I didn’t quite grasp Isaiah yet. Worse, all my work was lost when I changed jobs and got a new laptop computer; somewhere, somehow my backups were gone.

It was a really cool project too. One that I worked on for about 20 years. But the lost work gives me chance to start all over and I this time I can share my discoveries with you in time for our September Sunday School Classes.

Currently, I am searching out the best commentaries on Isaiah, taking an adult Institute class on Isaiah, and I am looking for multiple translations to help me dig deeper into all 66 chapters of this book. This is all coming together in an exciting way for me, but look, I am no master of ancient scripture. I am just interested in keeping this commandment from the Savior and hope you will join me in discovering Isaiah.

Watch our progress at the Discover Isaiah Directory.

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I am a retiree from Scouting. There I blogged for VoiceOfScouting.org, a site with more than 250,000 readers. During 42 years in the workplace, I've had many years senior level management with the BSA, professional associations, and high tech user groups. My background includes capital fundraising; outdoor adventure program development; property and construction management; event/conference planning; risk management and safety; lobbying federal, state and local government agencies; public relations; strategic planning; member advocacy and staff/volunteer training. Along the way, I have also taught Gospel Doctrine Classes and been both the ward and stake Sunday School President. In these settings, I have seen teachers and class members minimize Isaiah, a book Christ has commanded us to "search diligently." (3 Ne 23:1) With that in mind, I will do my best to explore and post my discoveries about the book of Isaiah. I am not a Bible scholar; like you, I read Isaiah in the Old Testament cycle of study in LDS Gospel Doctrine Classes and again in the Book of Mormon Cycle, so this is a whole new scripture adventure for me.

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