"I love the prophecies of Isaiah," said Elder LeGrand Richard of the Council of the Twelve in his October 1980 general conference address. "It seems to me that he almost lived more in our day than when he was actually upon the earth.
"He saw so much of what would transpire in our day. He saw us settled here in these valleys of the mountains. He saw this desert, where we were once a thousand miles from transportation and supplies, made to blossom as a rose. (Isa. 35:1.) He saw the rivers flow in the desert where we have built these great irrigation canals. (Isa. 43:19.) He saw the water flow down from the high places where we have reservoired it in these mountain fastnesses for summer's use. (Isa. 41:18.)"He saw the mountain of the Lord's house established in the top of the mountains in the latter days when all nations would flow unto it. . . ."
Elder Richards continued: "I love the prophecies of Isaiah. I like the 29th chapter where he said: `Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
" `Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.' " (Isa. 29:13-14.)
Elder Richards said there are no wise men in this world today nor prudent men who can understand all of the prophecies "like we Latter-day Saints can because of the restoration of this gospel and the receiving of some of the prophecies I have referred to. . . . "
Elder Richards spoke of the beginning of the 29th chapter of Isaiah, which starts out: `Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt [JerusalemT! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices. And it shall be camped about and it shall be unto me as Ariel." (Isa. 29:1-3.)
"In other words," explained Elder Richards, "not only did Isaiah see the destruction of the great city of Jerusalem, but he also saw the destruction of another great center here in America eleven hundred years after he made that prophecy.
"We read of that destruction in 2 Nephi 26 and 27, just like when he described the destruction of Babylon 170 years before it was destroyed when he said it should never be rebuilt. (Jer. 50:9-13.)
"Now he said in that chapter that the wisdom of their wise men shall perish and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid. There are so many things that have transpired in this day that the wise men of this world cannot understand."
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Information compiled by Gerry Avant
Sources: Church Educational System's Old Testament Student Manual; and October 1980 general conference report.