“How Beautiful upon the Mountains” ( Isaiah prophesies of the Savior’s…
“How Beautiful upon the Mountains”
To strengthen each class member’s testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Invite each of the assigned class members to tell of a favorite hymn about the Savior’s love and sacrifice.
Isaiah speaks of messengers who bring glad tidings.
In Isaiah 52:7, Isaiah poetically described people bringing a great message. Why do you think Isaiah referred to the messengers’ feet?
How did Isaiah feel about these messengers?
How did Isaiah describe the message that is being delivered? What great message of peace and salvation have these messengers brought?
Who else brings the message of the gospel to the world?
Isaiah prophesies of the Savior’s atoning sacrifice.
Isaiah 50:5–7. What does this passage teach about the Savior’s attitude toward the great sacrifice he was to make in our behalf? What do Matthew 26:39 and Philippians 2:8 teach about the Savior’s attitude as he faced great suffering?
Isaiah 51:6. What comparison is made in this verse? How long will the effects of the Atonement last? (See also Mosiah 16:9; Alma 34:10, 14.)
For whom does the Savior plead? How does the Atonement allow him to be our Advocate? (See D&C 45:3–5.) What is the “cup of trembling” that Jesus has drunk for us? (See D&C 19:15–20.) What must we do to receive the full blessings offered through the Atonement?
Isaiah 52:3. What does it mean to be “redeemed without money”? (See 2 Nephi 26:27–28; Isaiah 55:1–3.)
Isaiah 53:2–4. What do these verses tell us about the life of the Savior? Why can he understand our sorrows and our grief? (See Alma 7:11–13; Hebrews 2:16–18; 4:15.) How have you sensed that he understands your sorrows and grief?
Why was the Savior willing to suffer the pain of being wounded, bruised, and scourged? (See 1 Nephi 19:9.)
What qualities of character did the Savior display when he was oppressed, afflicted, and made to bear our iniquities? How do we sometimes “turn [our] own way” rather than submit to Heavenly Father’s will? How can the Savior’s example help us submit to Heavenly Father’s will?
Isaiah 53:10. What did Isaiah mean when he said that “it pleased the Lord to bruise” the Savior? What do we learn from this passage about Heavenly Father’s love for us? (See also John 3:16–17.)
Isaiah 53:8–11. Explain that the Book of Mormon prophet Abinadi gave a powerful commentary on these verses when he was speaking to the wicked priests of King Noah (Mosiah 15:10–13). According to Abinadi, who will be the seed of the Savior? (See also Mosiah 5:7–8.)
Isaiah 53:12. Explain that at the end of a battle, the leader of the victorious army divides the fruits of victory among his followers. What are the fruits of Christ’s victory over sin and death that he is willing to share with us? (See Romans 8:16–17; 2 Timothy 4:7–8.)
Isaiah describes some of our responsibilities.
As recorded in Isaiah 51 and Isaiah 52, what responsibilities do we have as those who have accepted the Savior’s Atonement?
Isaiah 51:1, 4, 7. Listen to and obey the Lord; do not fear the revilings of men.
Isaiah 51:12–13. Remember the Lord, who is the Creator. Do not fear Satan.
Isaiah 52:1–2. Awake and put on the strength of the priesthood (see D&C 113:7–8). Put on the beautiful garments of righteousness (see Revelation 19:7–8). “Loose thyself from the bands of thy neck” (see D&C 113:9–10).
Isaiah 52:11. Depart from the wickedness of the world. Do not touch unclean things; be clean.
How can we better fulfill each of these responsibilities?
Review Mosiah 15:18, in which the prophet Abinadi describes the Savior as a messenger whose feet are beautiful upon the mountains.one reason his feet are beautiful is that they bear the prints of the nails, the tokens of his atoning love. Bear testimony of how the teachings of Isaiah have strengthened your love for the Savior and your desire to be worthy of the blessings of his atoning sacrifice. Ask class members to share how their testimonies have been strengthened as well.