Scripture-Study List: The Restoration

Mormons believe that the Old-Testament prophet Isaiah foresaw the restoration of God’s Church in the last days. Throughout the latter half of the 19th century, thousands of Mormons from many nations migrated across the great plains to Utah, a place they considered to be their “Zion,” a “New Jerusalem.” In the late 19th century, when the Territory of Desseret applied for U.S. statehood, members of the Church wanted the state to bare the same name. The U.S. government, however, rejected that request and instead named the new state “Utah.” Unbeknownst to both the members of the Church and the government at the time, in the native language of the area “Utah” means “the top of the mountains.”

Isaiah 2:2-3:

  • And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
  • And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

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