Answer the Call
Lesson 9, Part 1: Prophecies of Deseret in Isaiah
Lesson 9, Part 2: Isaiah's Warning to Latter-day Saints: Hard Truth & Answers
Set the Course
"Mountain of the Lord" Motion Picture
Warnings For Our Day
One of the resources referenced in the podcast for Lesson 9 is a talk given by Geoffrey Botkin about the critical war against fatherhood and masculinity in our day. His talk, “Hollywood’s Most Despised Villain,” is available below.
Trust in the Lord to Deliver from Great Peril
The Isaiah chapters in 2 Nephi 11-19 prophesy of great destruction, persecution, and suffering that is yet to come in our own day. President Benson warned:
Elder Bruce R. McConkie likewise counseled Latter-day Saints:
We can find comfort, faith, and help for navigating these trials through the examples of those who have gone before us.
Isaiah’s other writings in the Bible often use the names of characters and events in his days as a type and shadow of similar events in the last days. For example, Assyria was a major threat against Israel’s survival in Isaiah’s day and he uses Assyria as a codeword, if you will, to describe the enemies against the saints in the last days.
The following motion picture is an adaptation of the Biblical story of Hezekiah, who was king in Isaiah’s day. Isaiah and Hezekiah faced a major threat when Assyria came to destroy Jerusalem, after destroying all the surrounding Israelite cities. We can draw strength and faith from the miraculous story of their deliverance, in our own day.
Israel’s Leaders Are Rejected
Ancient Israel rejected the prophets and leaders who were sent to warn and teach them the ways of God. The Isaiah chapters that Jacob and Nephi quote throughout the Book of Mormon emphasize that this is the same for modern Israel, those who have made covenants with God (Latter-day Saints). The following are a few examples of little-known teachings and counsel of inspired modern prophets for Latter-day Saints today.
Prophets Warn Against Franklin D. Roosevelt & Liberal Policies in America
Just as Isaiah and prophets in scripture have spoken on political matters and even condemned kings and leaders for their wickedness, so in our day prophets have also commented on some of our leaders.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the author of a series of federal programs known as the New Deal. The First Presidency, consisting of Presidents Heber J. Grant, J. Reuben Clark Jr., and David O. McKay, all strongly and unitedly condemned New Deal policies because of their socialistic and unconstitutional nature. At that time, the leadership of the Church repeatedly warned the Saints that as a people and as a nation we were moving toward Communism.
Prophetic Teachings on Rock Music
- “Issues with Answers” – President David O. McKay’s advice to BYU students: no “electronic bands” and no “loud beat.”
- President Ezra Taft Benson – “Have you been listening to the music that many young folks are hearing today? Some of it is nerve-jamming in nature and much of it has been deliberately designed to promote revolution, dope, immorality, and a gap between parent and child. And some of this music has invaded our Church cultural halls.”
- President Harold B. Lee – “. . . there’s damnable rock music that appeals to the lower senses of man, where the offbeat [rock beat] is just as vile and abrasive to human thought as it can be.”
- President Spencer W. Kimball – “Musical sounds can be put together in such a way that they can express feelings . . .”
- President Boyd K. Packer – “Music can, by its tempo, by its beat, by its intensity, dull the spiritual sensitivity of men.”
- “D&C 8:2 — The Mind and Heart” – Is music the language of the heart?
- … and more!
Prophetic Teachings on Education
Nearly half a century ago, after hearing that the Supreme Court of the United States had removed prayer and religious instruction from public schools, President David O. McKay made this insightful and prophetic statement:
The prophet Alma in the Book of Mormon warned:
Have we as Latter-day Saints carefully watched over our educational system to ensure that only teachers with faith in God, only teachers that live by the commandments are employed? What of our textbooks and teaching materials?
President John Taylor over 100 years ago encouraged the Saints to get the vision of the Lord’s education program. He directed:
Could this advice be relevant today? What is the future of education? The Joseph Smith Foundation has collected many hundreds of statements from latter-day prophets, the Scriptures, and others regarding pertinent education issues. Please take a look at our free online resources!
Embark on the Journey
Monthly “I Am a Latter-day Nephite” Theme!
I will covenant to maintain our rights and our religion.
Remember: While you absolutely may do every activity suggested if you would like, it is certainly not needed, nor are you limited by the ideas given here. Choose one or more that will work with your learning style, available time, or the group that you are working with. Even if you are an adult, don’t hesitate to choose an activity originally aimed at children—those can be the most fun!
Feel free to run with any other ideas that come to your mind! Allow the Lord to guide you in choosing the best activities for you. The ultimate goal is to engage with the material and become a “doer of the word.”
- Using clay, model the “National Monument to the Forefathers” in Plymouth, Massachusetts, as featured in the “Returning to Our Founding Moorings” section in Set the Course above.
- After reading the words of the prophets on music, take a two week challenge to only listen to music that is in harmony with their teachings! Share your experience with others, or online. What were the results, and how were you blessed? If you would like a playlist to get started, we have a “Sacred” compilation Here!
- The prophet Nephi foretold that “many plain and precious things” would be eliminated from the Bible during the Great Apostasy. The Joseph Smith Translation is critical in helping us to understand these “precious truths” that were lost and eventually restored through Joseph Smith. Select different verses from the Bible in the Joseph Smith Translation section in your scriptures. (Also available through the Study Helps section on your Gospel Library App!) Have family members role play the two different versions and see if you can guess what was corrupted, changed, or removed and why.
- Staging an interview can be a wonderful way to get the whole family involved in discussing faith, keeping covenants, and turning to God! Depending on the child’s age, see if they can come up with up to 5-10 questions from a favorite Bible or Book of Mormon story that illustrates those who kept their covenants regardless of hardship or persecution. Have another family member play the part of the scripture character/“interviewee.” Help the child record the answers in audio recording as a family memory gift to give away.
- If this is your first week here, welcome! Please review our “Welcome & How to Join the Quest” for some helpful information on how to use this resource. You may also want to check out the Embark on the Journey section of Lesson 1 for some activities that will be helpful in getting you started on this quest. In particular, you’ll want a journal, and perhaps the “I Am a Latter-day Nephite” resolution and a fun Book of Mormon reading chart. Just start where you are in the year—don’t feel like you have to backtrack and do every lesson, but grab these helpful tools and you’ll be good to go from here!
- If you choose to download or purchase a designed cardstock version of the “I’m a Latter-day Nephite” resolution, you may want to post it where you will see it every day—on the fridge or your mirror, for example. Ponder on this month’s statement “I will covenant to maintain our rights and our religion.”
- Consider the topic of religious freedom. Some resources for study are listed here:
- Gospel Topic: Religious Freedom
- “COVID-19 Crisis—A Wake-Up Call for Religious Freedom,” by Elder David A. Bednar
- “How to Defend Religious Freedom,” by Elder Quentin L. Cook
- “Religious Freedom and Fairness for All,” by Elder Ronald A. Rasband
- “Preserving Agency, Protecting Religious Freedom,” by Elder Robert D. Hales
- Reflect in your journal or discuss as a family the following questions: What does religious freedom look like in your country? How have you seen your religious rights being infringed upon? How have you seen others’ religious rights being infringed upon? How can you support religious freedom for all in your community and nation?
- Consider the topic of religious freedom. Some resources for study are listed here:
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All Hands on Deck
- Pray each morning this week for the Lord to give you an opportunity to share your thoughts on the Book of Mormon and/or what you’ve learned this week with someone.
- Join the For Our Day community on social media for uplifting shareable content, ideas on how to implement For Our Day in your home and classes, and to connect with others on the journey. You can find us here: Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
Find the Treasure
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