Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Old Testament Scriptural Summaries and Commentary
The Book of Isaiah, Selections from chapters 40-49
Gospel Doctrine Class, Sunday School Lesson #38
"Beside Me There Is No Saviour" - Isaiah 43:11 and Hosea 13:4
Reference: Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher's Manual, (2001), 183-86

This lesson is all about the greatness of the Savior.  It is introduced by quoting scriptures from holy texts (other than Isaiah) that ask questions about our commitment and devotion to him as his disciple.

Matthew 22:41-42 - " While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David."
3 Nephi 27:26-27 - "And know ye [Twelve Apostles] that ye shall be judges of this people, according to the judgment which I shall give unto you, which shall be just. Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as [perfect as] I am."
Matthew 16:13, 15 - 13 "When Jesus came into the coasts of C├Žsarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?"
Exodus 32:26 - "Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s sidelet him come unto me."
Alma 5:14  - "And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts? "

1. Isaiah teaches that the Savior is incomparable
Isaiah 40:18 - "To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness [idol] will ye compare unto him?"
Isaiah 44:8 - " Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any."
Isaiah 46:5 - "To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?"
Isaiah 43:11 - "I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour."
Isaiah 44:6 - "Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God."
 Isaiah 45:5, 6, 14, 18, 21-22 - 5 "I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me:"
6 - "That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else."
14 - "Thus saith the Lord,…[Egypt, Ethiopia, the Sabeans, and men of stature], shall come over unto thee,… they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no [other] God."
18 - "For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: am the Lord; and there is none else."
21-22 - "Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else."
Isaiah 46:9 - " Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none elseI am God, and there is none like me."

2. Isaiah describes the Savior’s incomparable qualities
"The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that we need 'a correct idea of [God’s] character, perfections and attributes' in order to have faith in Him (Lectures on Faith [1985], 38). Isaiah gives many beautiful descriptions of the Savior’s character and attributes." (Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, (2001), 183–86.)
Isaiah 40:13-14 - "Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught himWith whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?" [No one counsels or instructs the Lord. He is all knowing.]
Isaiah 40:28-31 - "Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is wearythere is no searching of his understanding." [The Lord is never weary.] 
Isaiah 40:12, 21-22, 26 -"Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?"
21-22 - "Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in."
26 -"Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth." [The Lord created the universe and knows every part of it.]
Isaiah 41:17-18 - "When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear themI the God of Israel will not forsake them.
 I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water." [The Lord hears and blesses his people.]
Isaiah 42:1, 4 - 1 "Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 4
He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law." [The Lord will not be discouraged or fail to fulfill his purposes.]
Isaiah 42:16 - "And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them." [The Lord helps those who are lost.]
Isaiah 43:1-4 - "[Thus] saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.  2 When thou passest through the waters, will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.  3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.  4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life."  [He will help his people through their trials.]
Isaiah 44:3-4 - "For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:  4 And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses." [The Lord pours out his spirit on us.]
Isaiah 46:3-4 - "Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb: 4  And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar [gray] hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you." [He carries us from birth to old age.]
Isaiah 49:14-16 - "Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.  15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. 16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me." [He will never forget us.]

3. The world (Babylon) competes with the Savior for our devotion
"Babylon was a powerful city of the ancient world that was destroyed for its wickedness. In the scriptures, Babylon is often also used as a symbol for the wickedness of the world." (Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, (2001), 183–86.)
Isaiah 47: 1, 51 "Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate.  [Footnote 1b, Babylon was to be overthrown; this prophecy was fulfilled by Cyrus, 539 B.C.]  5  Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness [footnote 5a, exile] O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms." [The world will be brought down to the dust and become silent and dark.]
Isaiah 47:7-9 - "And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for everso that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.  8 Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children: 9 But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments." [Despite the world’s thoughts that it is invincible, it will be destroyed and lose the things of greatest value, symbolized by the loss of husband and children.
Isaiah 47:10-11 - "For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, am, and none else beside me.  11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenlywhich thou shalt not know." [Because the world declares that it is greater than God, desolation will come upon it.]

4. Isaiah 49 describes the mission of latter-day Israel
Note:  many of the prophecies apply both to the work of the Savior and to the work of his servants, the house of Israel. (Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, (2001), 183–86.)
Isaiah 49:3 -"And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified."
Isaiah 49:1, 5 - "Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. 5 And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength." [We were called from birth to fulfill the Lord’s work in the last days.]
Isaiah 49:2 - "And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, [The Lord has protected us and prepared us for our great responsibilities.] 
and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;" [Arrows with polished shafts will fly straight and true. We have been polished and prepared by the Lord to fly straight and true wherever he sends us.]
Isaiah 49:6 - "And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth." [The Lord has asked his servants to raise up and restore the remnant of Israel and to be a light to the Gentiles. In this way we can help bring salvation to the ends of the earth.]

See also the following supplemental study of chapter 49 from my summaries of The Book of Isaiah.
Old Testament Supplemental Study
The Book of Isaiah, Chapter 49
Gospel Doctrine Class, Sunday School Lesson #38
"Beside Me There Is No Saviour"
Book Reference: The Old Testament Made Easier, Part three, by David J. Ridges, pp. 166-171

Isaiah 49 – Israel will yet help to preach the gospel to all the nations of the earth
Note: The entire chapter of Isaiah 49 is quoted in 1 Nephi 21 except for half of verse one.    And almost every verse is reviewed in the Old Testament Student Manual, II.  I have used it extensively in my summarization of Isaiah chapter forty-nine as it is more correct than my own interpretations (sometimes quoted without attribution to keep a smooth flow of the text). 
Ridges explains that in this prophecy Isaiah presents Israel as a person who is “thinking about her past and feels like she has been a failure as far as her calling and mission from the Lord is concerned.  Then she is startled by her success in the last days” (p. 166). 

“Listen, O isles [scattered remnants of Israel throughout the world] unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; the LORD hath called me [Israel] from the womb [before I was born]; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name” [Israel was foreordained in premortality to assist the Lord in His work] (v. 1).  “And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword” because she possessed the word of God to preach to all the nations of the earth.  However ancient Israel failed to live the teachings of the Lord and did not receive the blessings promised by the Lord in the Abrahamic Covenant (see Abraham 2:11).  It is believed that verses two and three may refer to latter-day Israel.  “[I]n the shadow [protection] of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me” (v. 2). 
Monte S. Nyman explains: "'in the shadow of his hand' is clarified in the Doctrine and Covenants where the Lord declares that the priesthood holders of this last dispensation are ‘lawful heirs, according to the flesh and have been hid from the world with Christ in God' (D&C 86:8-9).…[These lawful heirs of scattered Israel were lost to the world], but the Lord knew and had concealed them in his protective hand. 
"The polished shaft hidden in the Lord’s quiver may be a reference to Joseph Smith as the Lord’s 'choice seer' of the latter days." (Great Are the Words of Isaiah, pp. 173-74, quoted in the Student Manual, p. 192.)
“Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified” [Israel will yet fulfill its stewardship] (v. 3). 

Between the time when Israel was dispossessed and the Restoration, Israel became discouraged that she had “laboured in vain” and her strength was spent for naught [apostasy and false worship]. And yet her “judgment is with the Lord [only the Lord can judge Israel] and my work with my God” (v. 4).  “Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength” (v. 5).  Jacob will yet be raised and restored and stand as “a light to the Gentiles” and as a beacon of “salvation unto the end of the earth” (v. 6). 

“In an acceptable time,” God will hear their cry and “give thee [my servant, see 1 Nephi 21:8] for a covenant of the people” (v. 8).  That began with Joseph Smith.  Since then, the call has gone forth to others, “to [spiritual] prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in [spiritual] darkness, Shew yourselves” (v. 9).  They shall be fed with the fruits of the gospel—not “hunger nor thirst”—and shall be gathered into the gospel net “from far…from the north and from the west” (vv. 10, 12). 

Even though the Lord has clearly promised that Zion will be restored and smitten no more, Zion in her forlorn condition will come to view herself as one “forsaken” of the Lord (v. 14).  But He will show that He has not forsaken her.  "Can a woman forget her sucking [nursing] child."  The Lord answers that question, “Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee, O house of Israel” (see 1 Nephi 21:15).  All that the Lord has promised will be fulfilled, for His covenant people are so a part of Him that it is as if their name has been carved on his hands [the Atonement] or on the walls that are continually before His eyes (v. 16).  For this reason Israel’s children [or descendants] shall “make haste against [their] destroyers; and they that made thee waste [their enemies] shall go forth of [flee from] thee (v. 17). 
President Wilford Woodruff said: “But the set time has come to favor Zion, and the Lord Almighty has decreed in the heavens that every weapon formed against her shall be broken” (Journal of Discourses, 15:8-9, quoted in the Student Manual, p. 193)

In verses 18-21, the latter-day gathering of Israel is spoken of as a bride who adorns herself for her wedding. So will the Zion of the latter days spiritually clothe those who come to her for blessings (v. 18). 
"The imagery of Christ as the Bridegroom and His covenant people as His bride is also found in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Matthew, Revelation and the Doctrine and Covenants (see also Revelation 19:8)."
"So many people will come, both to Zion and the old Jerusalem, that they will complain that the land is “too strait [narrow] for me: give place to me that I may dwell” (v. 20).  This has happened in the modern Church where the need for chapels and leadership has been difficult to keep up with due to the many converts (SM, p. 193).  Then the modern Israelites will say: “Who hath begotten me these…,where had they been?” (v. 21).   In other words, where in the world did all these people come from?  Now, Isaiah speaks of the day when God’s promises will be fulfilled and of how it will be done.  The “how” is made clear in verses 22-23.  God will set up His “standard,” [the gospel, or the new and everlasting covenant] (see D&C 66: 2), “and they [the Gentiles] shall bring thy [the house of Israel’s] sons in their arms and thy daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.  And kings shall be thy nursing fathers and their queens thy nursing mothers” (vv. 22-23).  "The 'when' of the prophecy is now.  Converts from throughout the world have joined the Church and then gone throughout the world to reclaim the house of Israel and bring them back to the Lord" (SM, 193)
“Nursing fathers and nursing mothers” could refer to Great Britain and other countries including the United States who supported the mandate over Palestine after the end of World War I, for the preparation of the gathering of the scattered Jews.  In 1947, the United Nations voted to partition Palestine and create a Jewish state in the land for the first time in nearly two thousand years" (SM, p. 194).

In verse 24, the “prey” mentioned is the house of Israel in her scattered condition.  She is “prey” or “captive” because she has been unable throughout the centuries to return to her promised home or to claim her gospel blessings.  Although many nations still will not allow the gospel to be preached freely, all that will change, for “even the captives [Israel] of the mighty [Israel's enemies] shall be taken away [from their enemies], and the prey [victims] of the terrible shall be delivered [set free]” (v. 25) (Ridges, p. 171)
"For the Mighty God shall deliver his covenant people, For thus saith the Lord: I will contend with them that contendeth with thee—…and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Savior and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob" (2 Nephi 6:17-18).

"First, the Lord predicts it, then He brings it to pass; only a 'mighty one' could perform such a task.  Nephi made it very clear that all who seek to thwart the Lord in bringing this great thing [gathering] to pass shall be destroyed, for 'they shall fall into the pit which they digged to ensnare the people of the Lord'" (1 Nephi 22:14) (SM, p. 194).

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Old Testament Scriptural Summaries and Commentary
The Book of Isaiah, Selections from chapters 22-30
Gospel Doctrine Class, Sunday School Lesson #37
"Thou Hast Done Wonderful Things" Isaiah 25:1
Reference: Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher's Manual, (2001), 179-82

Selections from the Book of Isaiah
            As stated in lesson #36, for Isaiah all things point to Christ.  In lesson #37, the Sunday School Gospel Doctrine Manual stresses the writings of Isaiah that teach what Christ has done for all mankind.  Using these scriptures the manual lists nine "wonderful" ways that our Savior provides for us to "come unto him."  These teachings will be quoted with the corresponding scriptures from Isaiah along with scriptures from other holy texts, and some commentary from the manual.  We are again reminded that  Isaiah's words are filled with symbolic language. "This language does not teach directly, so we must examine and ponder Isaiah’s words to discover the truths they teach" (Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, (2001), 179–82).

1. The Savior opens the door to Heavenly Father's presence
Isaiah 22:22 - "And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open."
"This is a symbolic way of saying the Savior has the power to admit or exclude any person from Heavenly Father’s presence" (Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, (2001), 179–82). 
Book of Mormon - 2 Nephi 9:41 - "O then, my beloved brethren, come unto the Lord, the Holy One. Remember that his paths are righteous. Behold, the way for man is narrow, but it lieth in a straight course before him, and the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there; and there is none other way save it be by the gate; for he cannot be deceived, for the Lord God is his name."
2 Nephi 9:45 "O, my beloved brethren, turn away from your sins; shake off the chains [spiritual death] of him that would bind you fast; come unto that God who is the rock [Jesus Christ] of your salvation."

2. The Savior shows mercy for those in spirit prison
Isaiah 24:21-22 - "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.
 22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited."
Isaiah 42:5-7 - 5"Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:  6  I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;  7  To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house."
Doctrine and Covenants - 138:32 - "Thus was the gospel preached to those who had died in their sins, without a knowledge of the truth, or in transgression, having rejected the prophets."

3. The Savior is a strength and a refuge
Isaiah 24:4 -  "For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall."
Isaiah 32:1-2 - "1 Behold, a king [the Savior] shall reign in righteousness, and princes [leaders] shall rule in judgment.  2 And a man [see v. 1] shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land."

4.  The Savior will prepare a feast and destroy the “vail.”
Isaiah 25:6-7 -  6 "And in this mountain [symbolic of the temple] shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined (A feast of the words and teachings of Christ, OT Gospel Doctrine Manual).  7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations." (Symbolically it often represents the unbelief that prevents people from truly coming to Christ) (OT Gospel Doctrine Manual).
Pearl of Great Price - Moses 7:26 - And he beheld Satan; and he had a great chain in his hand, and it veiled the whole face of the earth with darkness; and he looked up and laughed, and his angels rejoiced.

5. The Savior wipes away our tears
Isaiah 25:8-9 - 8 "He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke [reproach, blame] of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.  9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation."
"[To wipe away our tears suggests] a tender gesture that is shared only by people who love and trust each other deeply" (OT Gospel Doctrine Manual).
New Testament - Revelation 21:4 - "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."

“All fear of this death has been removed from the Latter-day Saints. They have no dread of the temporal death, because they know that as death came upon them by the transgression of Adam, so by the righteousness of Jesus Christ shall life come unto them, and though they die, they shall live again. Possessing this knowledge, they have joy even in death, for they know that they shall rise again and shall meet again beyond the grave. They know that the spirit dies not at all; that it passes through no change, except the change from imprisonment in this mortal clay to freedom and to the sphere in which it acted before it came to this earth” (Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 428).

Death, Physical: "The separation of the body and the spirit. The Fall brought mortality and death to the earth (2 Ne. 2:22; Moses 6:48). The atonement of Jesus Christ conquered death so that everyone will be resurrected (1 Cor. 15:21–23). Resurrection is a free gift to all people regardless of whether they have done good or evil in this life (Alma 11:42–44). Each person suffers only one physical death since once we are resurrected, our bodies can die no more (Alma 11:45)." (LDS.org, The Guide to the Scriptures.)

6. The Savior will bring the Resurrection
 Isaiah 26:19 - "Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise [be resurrected]. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead."
New Testament - 1 Corinthians  15:20-22 - "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive" (resurrected to immortality).
"The Prophet Joseph Smith said: When the voice calls for the dead to arise, … what would be the first joy of my heart? To meet my father, my mother, my brother, my sister; and when they are by my side, I embrace them and they me” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 295–96, quoted from OT Gospel Doctrine Manual, 179-82).
Resurrection: "The reuniting of the spirit body with the physical body of flesh and bones after death. After resurrection, the spirit and body will never again be separated, and the person will become immortal. Every person born on earth will be resurrected because Jesus Christ overcame death (1 Cor. 15:20–22)."  (LDS.org, The Guide to the Scriptures.)

7. The Savior is our sure foundation
Isaiah 28:16 - "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: he that believeth shall not make haste."
Book of Mormon - Helaman 5:12 -  "And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."
D&C 50:44 - "Wherefore, I am in your midst, and I am the good shepherd, and the stone of Israel. He that buildeth upon this rock shall never fall."
New Testament - Ephesians - 2:19-20 - "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;"

8. The Savior will restore the gospel to the earth
Isaiah 29:4, 9-10, 13, 14, 18, 24 - 4 "And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust" [The Book of Mormon].
Book of Mormon - Moroni 10:27 - "for the time speedily cometh that ye shall know that I lie not, for ye shall see me at the bar of God; and the Lord God will say unto you: Did I not declare my words unto you, which were written by this man, like as one crying from the dead, yea, even as one speaking out of the dust?"
9 - Isaiah prophesies of a time of spiritual darkness: "Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink. 10 For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. 13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:"
Pearl of Great Price - Joseph Smith History 1:18-19 - 18 "My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)—and which I should join.
 19 I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: 'they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.'”
11 - Isaiah prophesies of a "sealed" book - "And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: 12 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned."
Joseph Smith History 1:63-65 - 63 “Sometime in this month of February, the aforementioned Mr. Martin Harris came to our place, got the characters which I had drawn off the plates, and started with them to the city of New York. For what took place relative to him and the characters, I refer to his own account of the circumstances, as he related them to me after his return, which was as follows:  64  ‘I went to the city of New York, and presented the characters which had been translated, with the translation thereof, to Professor Charles Anthon, a gentleman celebrated for his literary attainments. Professor Anthon stated that the translation was correct, more so than any he had before seen translated from the Egyptian. I then showed him those which were not yet translated, and he said that they were Egyptian, Chaldaic, Assyriac, and Arabic; and he said they were true characters. He gave me a certificate, certifying to the people of Palmyra that they were true characters, and that the translation of such of them as had been translated was also correct. I took the certificate and put it into my pocket, and was just leaving the house, when Mr. Anthon called me back, and asked me how the young man found out that there were gold plates in the place where he found them. I answered that an angel of God had revealed it unto him.  65 He then said to me, "Let me see that certificate." I accordingly took it out of my pocket and gave it to him, when he took it and tore it to pieces, saying that there was no such thing now as ministering of angels, and that if I would bring the plates to him he would translate them. I informed him that part of the plates were sealed, and that I was forbidden to bring them. He replied, "I cannot read a sealed book." I left him and went to Dr. Mitchell, who sanctioned what Professor Anthon had said respecting both the characters and the translation.’”
14  - Isaiah prophesies of the Book of Mormon - "Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid."
D&C4:1 -  "Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men."
18 - "And in that day [the latter days] shall the deaf hear the words of the book [of Mormon], and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of [spiritual] darkness."
Book of Mormon - 1 Nephi 22:12 - "Wherefore, he will bring them again out of captivity, and they shall be gathered together to the lands of their inheritance; and they shall be brought out of obscurity and out of darkness; and they shall know that the Lord is their Savior and their Redeemer, the Mighty One of Israel."
24 - "They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine."

9. The Savior knows our trials and directs our paths
Isaiah 30:19-21 - "For the people [who] shall dwell in Zion [the pure in heart] at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he [the Lord] will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry [prayers]; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. 20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:  21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left."
Book of Mormon - Alma 37:37 - "Counsel [pray] with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.
Book of Mormon - Mosiah 23:21 - The hard crust on the bread of adversity - “Nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith” (See lds.org, CR,  "Irony: The Crust On The Bread Of Adversity," Neal A. Maxwell Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, April 1989.)