The following assignments include various learning activities, such as questions, lists, essays, charts, comparisons, contrasts, and surveys. To receive credit for this lesson, you must complete the number of assignments indicated below and submit them to your institute instructor or administrator. You may submit your work either electronically or on paper, handwritten or typed.
Each lesson should take approximately 60–90 minutes to complete, the same amount of time you would typically spend in a weekly institute class. Since reading the scripture block listed in the lesson heading is expected of all institute students prior to class, the estimated time for each assignment does not include the time you need to spend reading the scripture block.
Complete four of the following assignments:
1. Isaiah 24. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
Read Doctrine and Covenants 1:17, 35–36; 45:31–35; 97:22–28 and the institute student manual commentary for Isaiah 24:19–23, “Great Physical Changes Will Attend the Second Coming of the Lord” (p. 162). Explain in writing how a person can be saved in the midst of the destructions prophesied in Isaiah 24:1–12, 19–23.
According to Isaiah 24:21–22, write about what will happen to those who will be destroyed at the time of these prophecies. According to Doctrine and Covenants 138:29–35, what has the Lord prepared for this group?
2. Isaiah 25–26. Destruction, Second Coming, Rejoicing, and Resurrection
Read Isaiah 25:1, 4, 8–9; 26:3–4, 9, 19 and the student manual commentary for Isaiah 25:1–11, “The Second Coming Will Be a Time of Great Rejoicing for the Righteous” (p. 162). Then answer the following questions:
- What specific blessings did Isaiah mention?
- What desires did Isaiah express?
- What specific promises are given?
- If you were asked to speak at a funeral and could share two thoughts from these verses, which two would you share and why?
3. Isaiah 29. The Book of Mormon and the Restoration
Compare Isaiah 29:11–14 to Joseph Smith—History 1:18–19, 63–65. Explain in writing how you would describe the “marvellous work and a wonder” to a nonmember friend. In your response explain how this prophecy was fulfilled, what the book was, and who the men were.
Read the following verses in Isaiah 29 and tell whether they are about the Apostasy or the Restoration. Then explain what the verses teach about their respective subject:
4. Isaiah 30. Israel Rejected the Seers
Read Isaiah 30; 2 Timothy 4:3–4; Helaman 13:26–30; Doctrine and Covenants 21:4–6 and the student manual commentary for Isaiah 30, “Woe to the Rebellious Children” (p. 166). Then answer the following questions:
- In whose wisdom were the children of Israel trusting?
- Who were they rejecting?
- Describe the attitude that permeated the children of Israel at this time.
- What did the people mean when they told the prophets to speak “smooth things”?
- What do these verses teach us about accepting and following the words of prophets?
- What principles in these verses would you use to help a friend understand why he or she should follow the living prophet today?
5. Isaiah 33–34. Who “Shall Dwell with Everlasting Burnings”?
Read the chapter summaries for Isaiah 33–34 and the student manual commentary for Isaiah 33:14–15, “Who . . . Shall Dwell with Everlasting Burnings?” (p. 167). Then write your answers to the following questions:
- As you contemplate the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, what thoughts do you have? What do you imagine it will be like?
- In what ways is Isaiah 33:14–16 a message of hope?
Write a brief definition for each of the following phrases from Isaiah 33:15:
- “Walketh righteously”
- “Speaketh uprightly”
- “Despiseth the gain of oppressions”
- “Shaketh his hands from holding of bribes”
- “Stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood”
- “Shutteth his eyes from seeing evil”
6. Isaiah 40–46. Beside Me There Is No Savior
In the following verses the Lord teaches who He (Jehovah) is and how He is unlike false gods. Read the student manual commentary for Isaiah 42:9–16, “The Restoration of the Gospel in the Latter Days Foretold” (p. 184) and the commentary for Isaiah 45:15–25, “The God of Israel Is the Lord, the Savior Jesus Christ” (p. 187). Read these verses and make a list of the characteristics, attributes, and names of Jehovah:
- Isaiah 40:10–31
- Isaiah 41:1–4, 10–14
- Isaiah 42:9–16
- Isaiah 43:1–7, 10–15, 22–25
- Isaiah 44:6–8, 21–24
- Isaiah 45:20–25
- Isaiah 46:3–9
Write a note using at least three truths contained in Isaiah 43:1–12 that might bring hope to someone who is discouraged.