Sunday, March 1, 2015

Top 12 Scripture References in General Conference

What scripture is cited the most in General Conference? Thanks to the LDS Scripture Citation Index, we can answer that question. I looked at the scripture citations in General Conference from 1971 to 2013 (the latest date provided in the Citation Index). Here's the Top 12 list by verse:

Moses 1:39 is the most-referenced verse of scripture. It gets a total of around 180 references, or about two references per general conference. The other scriptures drop off to a total of around 100 references per scripture, or about one reference per general conference.

How do these scriptures relate to each other? Below is a scripture network which looks at the interconnections between scriptures and their respective topical guide references. For example, Matt. 25:40 and Matt. 22:39 are connected by the topical guide category of "Neighbor." Matt 22:39 and D&C 121:45 are connected by the topical guide entry "Charity." The colors provide a visual guide for seeing connections, but you might see things grouped together a little differently. I can think of the following connecting topics:

Plan of Salvation

How do these scriptures connect together for you? Down below I have the scripture verses displayed so you can read them over.

Scripture references (note: over half are seminary Scripture Mastery scriptures):

Moses 1:39 
For behold, this is my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

JS-H 1:17
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!

Mosiah 18:9
Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life

Mosiah 3:19
For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

D&C 121:45
Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.

Matt. 22:37
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Matt. 22:39
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Matt. 11:28
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

D&C 20:77
O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them; that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

Matt. 25:40
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

2 Ne 31:20
Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.

Moro 10:32
Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.

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