Isaiah Quotes in October 2018 General Conference

Isaiah Quotes in October 2018 General Conference

Isaiah is the most quoted book of the Old Testament during General Conference. Since becoming a General Authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the prophet has cited from this book forty times and ten times during the last decade.

At the Church’s October 2018 General Conference, Isaiah prophet was just cited three times. However, in each case, it was to bring a focus on Christ in the speaker’s message. And rightly so as Isaiah is “the messianic prophet of the Old Testament and as such is the most penetrating prophetic voice in that record.”1

Isaiah Quotes in October 2018 General ConferenceLaying the Foundation of a Great Work

In the words of Isaiah,Isaiah Quotes in October 2018 General Conference

“Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation.” Jesus Christ is that precious cornerstone in the foundation of Zion.

Isaiah Quotes in October 2018 General ConferenceFirm and Steadfast in the Faith of Christ

Isaiah Quotes in October 2018 General ConferenceRemaining firm in the faith of Christ will bring His sustaining grace and support. He will convert trial into blessing and, in Isaiah’s words, “give … beauty for ashes.”

Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

Isaiah Quotes in October 2018 General ConferenceTaking upon Ourselves the Name of Jesus Christ

The power of His Atonement is the power to overcome any burden in our life. (This statement was footnoted with this Isaiah 53:3.)

Isaiah Quotes in October 2018 General ConferenceIsaiah 53:
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.


1Jeffery R. Holland, Christ and the New Covenant: The Messianic Message of the Book of Mormon (1997), 75.

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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.



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