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Monday, March 28, 2005
In the absence of Gospel Doctrine and Relief Society One must make one's own way through the yearly Church curriculum. I mean, yes, of course, preparing my Primary lessons does give me new insights -- but we spend a lot of time on very basic stuff, and at my level (6-7 year olds) very little to no time on the deeper scriptural insights (deeper than "love one another" and basic "this happened and then this happened" history.) Even the oft-derided correlated adult curriculum is deeper than that. But just reading the manual lessons does not a proper gospel study make.
Which is why I've decided to use that wonderful site everyone mentioned about two months ago -- http://scriptures.byu.edu -- as a source of inspiration/insight into David O. McKay, the subject of this year's Relief Society/Priesthood study.
In case you have no idea what I'm talking about, this is a site that lets you look at all the General Conference addresses since 1942 in terms of what scriptures they cite. You can filter the results to only show you which scriptures were cited by a particular speaker (e.g. President Hinckley, or Sheri Dew) -- and you can list the results in frequency order. I'm thinking of doing some extended analysis of this stuff later -- themes that recur, in particular. What did President McKay talk about then, that resonnates across the conference addresses since? What does President Hinckly still talk about that President McKay emphasized? What new themes have emerged? All that kind of junk. I also want to do that "read the verse before and after" exercise, because if a certain amount of scripture study is good, then clearly, three times as much is at least twice as good! Or something like that.
The top 10 scriptures David O. McCay cited in his Conference addresses (after 1942) were:
Moses 1:39 [21 times]
For behold, this is my work and my glory -- to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.
Acts 4:12 [16 times]
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Article of Faith 1:13 [14 times]
We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul -- We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
2 Pet. 1:4 [13 times]
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Matthew 6:33 [12 times]
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 28:19-20 [12 times]
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Matthew 25:40 [11 times]
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the bleast of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Matthew 5:16 [11 times]
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 4:10 [10 times]
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
John 14:6 [9 times]
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
For what it's worth, the top 10 scriptures out of all conference addresses for that period (1942 to 1970) are:
Moses 1:39 [131 times]
(also on President McKay's list)
Joseph Smith History 1:17 [107 times]
It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other -- This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!
Matthew 6:33 [89 times]
(also on President McKay's list)
John 17:3 [83 times]
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Romans 1:16 [75 times]
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
D&C 93:36 [53 times]
The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.
Articles of Faith 1:13 [52 times]
(also on President McKay's list)
Matthew 5:48 [49 times]
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Acts 4:12 [49 times]
(also on President McKay's list)
Matthew 24:14 [48 times]
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
While these scriptures have been on top for President Hinckley (there are eleven, since there's a tie):
Moses 1:39 [11 times]
(we really like this one, it was first on President McKay's list and the overall list, along with this one)
Acts 10:38 [10 times]
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
D&C 13:1 [10 times]
Upon you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah I confer the Priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; and this shall never be taken again from the earth, until the sons of Levi do offer again an offering unto the Lord in righteousness.
Articles of Faith 1:13 [10 times]
(another favorite, on both other lists)
1 Peter 2:9 [9 times]
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
Alma 37:47 [9 times]
And now, my son, see that ye take care of these sacred things, yea, see that ye look to God and live. Go unto this people and declare the word, and be sober. My son, farewell.
D&C 76:22-24 [9 times]
And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father --
That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.
Isaiah 9:6 [8 times]
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Luke 23:34 [8 times]
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
1 Corinthians 15:22 [8 times]
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Book of Mormon title page [8 times]
Wherefore, it is an abridgment of the record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites -- Written to the Lamanites, who are a remnant of the house of Israel; and also to Jew and Gentile -- Written by way of commandment, and also by the spirit of prophecy and of revelation -- Written and sealed up, and hid up unto the Lord, that they might not be destroyed -- To come forth by the gift and power of God unto the interpretation thereof -- Sealed by the hand of Moroni, and hid up unto the Lord, to come forth in due time by way of the Gentile -- The interpretation thereof by the gift of God.
An abridgment taken from the Book of Ether also, which is a record of the people of Jared, who were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people, when they were building a tower to get to heaven -- Which is to show unto the remnant of the House of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever -- And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that JESUS is the CHRIST, the ETERNAL GOD, manifesting himself unto all nations -- And now, if there are faults they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment-seat of Christ.
Phew! Anyone who actually read all of that, gets a prize. ^_^
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