Thomas S. Monson’s Top Five Isaiah Quotes

President Thomas S. Monson shares Isaiah Quotes
Thomas S. Monson’s Top Five Isaiah Quotes Infographic
Did you know that among Old Testament books quoted at LDS General Conference, no one beats the Book of Isaiah? In fact, since the founding of the LDS Church, leaders of the church have quoted this prophet 4215 times.
That got us thinking since President Monson became a General Authority he has given more than 280 conference talks, just how many of those might have mentioned Isaiah?

We found the answer at the LDS Citation Index:

President Monson quoted Isaiah more than 40 times in the last 50 years and cited Isaiah 1:18 more than any other Isianic verse:

Come now,
and let us reason together,
saith the Lord:
though your sins be as scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson,
they shall be as wool.

This verse was cited in eleven different conference talks, making it the Prophet’s top choice in Isaiah.



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I am a retiree from Scouting. There I blogged for, 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.


  1. Here’s a free ”Easy to Understand Book of Mormon Adaptation” in the form of 15 .pdf files. Total of 913 pages and 250 art illustrations. Large print (18 pt.) color-coded text and many “Notes:” to enhance reader’s understanding.

    Readers will find Isaiah quotes based on “A New Translation of Isaiah, With Interpretive Keys From The Book of Mormon” – Avraham Gileadi 1991.

    This text has been used by the Church Translation Department for the past 25 years as an English reference when translating The Book of Mormon into other languages.

    The text in these .pdf files can be found in a book available on Amazon titled, “A Plain English Reference to The Book of Mormon”.

    This work is written on a 7th to 8th grade level. It’s an adaptation, not a replacement, so it is highly recommended that you keep “The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ” close by for comparison purposes.

    When questioning the truth about anything, we need to remember Moroni’s statement, “And by the power of the Holy Ghost, yet may know the truth of all things” (Moroni 10: 5). Also, Moroni helps us know how to properly judge anything that comes along, as to whether it be of God or of the devil (see Moroni 7:11-15). And finally, as Paul advises, we should prove all things and hold fast to that which is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21).


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