There’s been 187 General Conferences. Latter Day Saints are always eager to receive guidance and encouragement from Church leaders at this time. We were interested in the frequency of Isaiah references throughout the history of General Conference. Can you guess the top referenced Isaiah verses? Here’s a rundown of what we found:
Top 3 Quoted Isaiah Verses
Top 10 Quoted Isaiah Verses
Are you surprised by the results? Do you have a favorite Isaiah verse that has been quoted in conference?
The writings of Isaiah are quoted extensively in other scripture more often than any other prophet. There are sixty-six chapters in the book of Isaiah, making a total of 1,292 verses. The prophets in the Book of Mormon quoted 414 of those verses (32 percent of the book of Isaiah). They paraphrased at least another 34 verses (3 percent). The Nephite prophets considered Isaiah’s writings to be of such great worth that they put approximately 35 percent of the book of Isaiah in the valuable space they had on the plates. The writers of the New Testament had a similar respect for Isaiah’s teachings and prophecies. In the New Testament, Isaiah is quoted at least fifty-seven times.
In latter-day revelation, there is a similar emphasis on the words of Isaiah. The Doctrine and Covenants makes approximately one hundred references to Isaiah’s writings by quoting, paraphrasing, or interpreting his teachings
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Do you think Isaiah would be quoted more if it was easier to understand? I’d like to see how it compares to other books of scripture.