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General Teachings & Resources


Note: The "Chapter Themes" and "Scripture Helps" sections below are based on Elder McConkie's chart in this article.

Chapter 1

Chapter Themes: Apostasy and rebellion in ancient Israel; call to repentance; promise of a restoration and then of the destruction of the wicked.

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Chapter 2

Chapter Themes: Gathering of Israel to the temple in our day; latter-day state of Israel; millennial conditions and second coming of Christ.

Scripture Helps: Quoted in 2 Ne. 12. See also Micah 4 and Micah 5; 3 Ne. 20 and 3 Ne. 21.

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Chapter 3

Chapter Themes: Status of Israel in her scattered and apostate condition before the second coming.

Scripture Helps: Quoted in 2 Ne. 13.

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Chapter 4

Chapter Themes: Millennial.

Scripture Helps: Quoted in 2 Ne. 14.

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Chapter 5

Chapter Themes: Apostasy and scattering of Israel; her dire state; restoration and gathering.

Scripture Helps: Quoted in 2 Ne. 15.

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Chapter 6

Chapter Themes: Isaiah’s vision and call. Isa. 6:9–10 are messianic.

Scripture Helps: Quoted in 2 Ne. 16.

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Chapter 7

Chapter Themes: Local history except Isa. 7:10–16, which are messianic.

Scripture Helps: Quoted in 2 Ne. 17. See also 2 Ne. 11.

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Chapter 8

Chapter Themes: Local wars and history; counsel on identifying true religion. Isa. 8:13–17 are messianic.

Scripture Helps: Quoted in 2 Ne. 18.

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Chapter 9

Chapter Themes: Local history. Isa. 9:1–7 is messianic.

Scripture Helps: Quoted in 2 Ne. 19.

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Chapter 10

Chapter Themes: Local history: destruction of wicked Israel by Assyrians to typify destruction of all wicked nations at second coming.

Scripture Helps: Quoted in 2 Ne. 20. See 2 Kings 18-19 or Isaiah 36-37 for the historical background. See 2 Kings 19:35-37 and Isaiah 37:36-38 for the fulfilment of the Lord's prophecy in Isaiah 10:33-34.

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Chapter 11

Chapter Themes: Restoration; gathering of Israel; millennial era. Isa. 11:1–5 are messianic and apply also to the second coming.

Scripture Helps: Quoted in 2 Ne. 21. See also JS—H 1:40; D&C 101:26; D&C 113:1–6. See 2 Ne. 30 for timeline and historical context for this chapter's fulfillment.

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Chapter 12

Chapter Themes: Millennial.

Scripture Helps: Quoted in 2 Ne. 22.

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Chapter 13

Chapter Themes: Overthrow of Babylon typifying second coming.

Scripture Helps: Quoted in 2 Ne. 23. See D&C 29 and D&C 45.

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Chapter 14

Chapter Themes: Millennial gathering of Israel; fall of Lucifer in war in heaven; destruction preceding second coming.

Scripture Helps: Quoted in 2 Ne. 24.

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Chapters 15-17

Chapter Themes: Local prophecies and history; fate of those who oppose Israel in day of restoration. Isa. 16:4–5 is messianic.

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Chapter 18

Chapter Themes: Restoration; gathering of Israel; sending of missionaries from America.

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Chapter 19

Chapter Themes: Local; salvation for Egypt in day of restoration.

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Chapter 20

Chapter Themes: Local.

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Chapters 21-22

Chapter Themes: Local, but typifying second coming. Isa. 22:21–25 is messianic.

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Chapter 23

Chapter Themes: Local.

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Chapter 24

Chapter Themes: Latter-day apostasy and second coming.

Scripture Helps: D&C 1.

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Chapter 25

Chapter Themes: Second coming. Isa. 25:8 is also messianic.

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Chapter 26

Chapter Themes: Second coming; resurrection; millennium.

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Chapter 27

Chapter Themes: Millennial triumph of Israel.

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Chapter 28

Chapter Themes: Desolations incident to second coming. Isa. 28:16 is messianic.

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Chapter 29

Chapter Themes: Nephites, last days, apostasy, Book of Mormon, and restoration.

Scripture Helps: 2 Ne. 26:14–20; 27. "This Book of Mormon account is one of the best illustrations of an inspired interpretation of a chapter that is difficult to understand." (Bruce R. McConkie, Ensign, October 1973, 78)

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Chapter 30

Chapter Themes: Israel, rebellious and worldly, to be saved in day of restoration; apostasy, restoration, and resultant blessings; second coming.

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Chapter 31

Chapter Themes: The world vs. the second coming.

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Chapter 32

Chapter Themes: Apostasy of Israel until the restoration. Isa. 32:1–4 are messianic.

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Chapter 33

Chapter Themes: Apostasy followed by restoration.

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Chapter 34

Chapter Themes: Second coming and attendant desolations.

Scripture Helps: D&C 1 and D&C 133.

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Chapter 35

Chapter Themes: Restoration; gathering; second coming.

Scripture Helps: D&C 133.

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Chapters 36-39

Chapter Themes: Local history of inspiration and beauty.

Scripture Helps: 2 Kings 18-19

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Chapter 40

Chapter Themes: Second coming. Isa. 40:1–11 are messianic. The grandeur of God contrasted with the littleness of man and the foolishness of idolatry.

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Chapter 41

Chapter Themes: God reasons with Israel, ancient and modern, and speaks of the era of restoration. Isa. 41:27 is messianic. Promises of the Lord to faithful Israel are set forth.

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Chapter 42

Chapter Themes: Isa. 42:1–8, 16 are messianic; the balance of the chapter praises God and bemoans Israel’s troubles.

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Chapter 43

Chapter Themes: Restoration and gathering.

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Chapter 44

Chapter Themes: Restoration and gathering.

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vs. 28—God Uses Good People Outside the Church


Chapter 45

Chapter Themes: Israel to be gathered and saved; salvation is in Christ. Isa. 45:20–25 are messianic.

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vs. 1—God Uses Good People Outside the Church


Chapter 46

Chapter Themes: Idols vs. true God, both anciently and now.

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Chapter 47

Chapter Themes: Babylon, symbol of our modern world.

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Chapters 48-49

Chapter Themes: Scattering and gathering of Israel.

Scripture Helps: Quoted in 1 Ne. 20; 1 Ne. 21. See commentary in 1 Ne. 22; 2 Ne. 6.

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Chapters 50-51

Chapter Themes: Scattering, gathering, restoration, second coming. Isa. 50:5–6 is messianic.

Scripture Helps: Quoted in 2 Ne. 7; 2 Ne. 8. See commentary in 2 Ne. 9:1–3; 2 Ne. 10.

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Chapter 52

Chapter Themes: Restoration and gathering. Isa. 52:13–15 are messianic.

Scripture Helps: Mosiah 12:20–25; Mosiah 15:13–18; 3 Ne. 16, 20, 21; Moro. 10:30–31; D&C 113:7–10.

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Chapter 53

Chapter Themes: Probably the greatest single Old Testament messianic prophecy.

Scripture Helps: Quoted in Mosiah 14. See Abinadi's commentary in Mosiah 15–16.

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vs. 10—What does it mean that Christ shall "see his seed"?


Chapter 54

Chapter Themes: Restoration and gathering; millennial.

Scripture Helps: Quoted by Christ in 3 Ne. 22. See Jesus' brief commentary in 3 Ne. 23:1–6, 14.

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Chapters 55-62

Chapter Themes: Apostasy; restoration; gathering; glory of latter-day Zion. Isa. 61:1–3 is messianic.

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Chapters 63-64

Chapter Themes: Second coming. D&C 133.

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Chapter 65

Chapter Themes: Israel and false religionists in latter days; millennium.

Scripture Helps: D&C 101:22–38.

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Chapter 66

Chapter Themes: Restoration and second coming.

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