Quotes on Zion

ZION

D&C 101 

What, then, do we know relative to the future of Zion?  Elder McConkie taught:  “Let Israel gather to the stakes of Zion in all nations.  Let every land be a Zion to those appointed to dwell there. . . . But still there is a center place, a place where the chief temple shall stand. . . . And that center place is what men now call Independence in Jackson County, Missouri.”  On another occasion he wrote:  “The return to Jackson County will be by delegates, as it were.  Those whose services are needed there will assemble as appointed.  The rest of Israel will remain in their appointed places.” — Arnold K. Garr, “Growing With a Living Church,” Ensign, October 1996, p. 32

Zion concept:  When the Lord commands, do it! — Rand Packer, BYU Education Week, 2009

Zion is Zion because of the character, attributes, and faithfulness of her citizens. Remember, “the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them” (Moses 7:18).  If we would establish Zion in our homes, branches, wards, and stakes, we must rise to this standard.  It will be necessary (1) to become unified in one heart and one mind; (2) to become, individually and collectively, a holy people; and (3) to care for the poor and needy with such effectiveness that we eliminate poverty among us.  We cannot wait until Zion comes for these things to happen – Zion will come only as they happen. — Elder D. Todd Christofferson, “Come to Zion,” Ensign, November 2008

May I suggest three fundamental things we must do if we are to “bring  again Zion,” three things for which we who labor for Zion must commit ourselves.

 First, we must eliminate the individual tendency to selfishness that snares the soul, shrinks the heart, and darkens the mind.  President  Romney recently referred to the tragic cycle of civilization, a cycle propelled by anyone who seeks for power and gain.  Was it not this that  led Cain to commit the first murder “for the sake of getting gain”?   (Moses 5:50) Is not this the spirit of the anti-Christ in which  “every man prospered according to his genius, and . . . every man  conquered according to his strength; and whatsoever a man did was no  crime”?  (Alma 30:17)  Did not Nephi single this out as the spirit which led his generation to destruction:

Second, we must cooperate completely and work in harmony one with the  other. There must be unanimity in our decisions and unity in our actions.  After pleading with the Saints to “let every man esteem his brother as  himself” (D&C 38:24), the Lord concludes his instructions on cooperation to a conference of the membership in these powerful words:  “Behold, this I have given unto you as a parable, and it is even as I am.  I say unto you, be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine.”  (D&C 38:27)

Third, we must lay on the altar and sacrifice whatever is required by the Lord.  We begin by offering a “broken heart and a contrite spirit.”  We follow this by giving our best effort in our assigned fields of labor and callings.  We learn our duty and execute it fully. Finally we consecrate our time, talents and means as called upon by our file leaders and as prompted by the whisperings of the Spirit.  In the Church, as in the Welfare system also, we can give expression to every ability, every  righteous desire, every thoughtful impulse. Whether a volunteer, father, home teacher, bishop, or neighbor, whether a visiting teacher,  mother, homemaker, or friend – there is ample opportunity to give our all.  And as we give, we find that “sacrifice brings forth the  blessings of heaven!”  (Hymns, #147)  And in the end, we learn it was no sacrifice at all. — President Spencer W. Kimball, “Listen to the Prophets,” Ensign, May 1978, p. 76

 I have often wondered what that expression meant, that out of Zion should go forth the law.  Years ago I went with the Brethren to the Idaho Falls Temple, and I heard in that inspired prayer of the First Presidency a definition of the meaning of that term out of Zion shall go forth the law.  Note what they said:  “We thank thee that thou hast revealed to us that those who gave us our constitutional form of government were wise in thy sight and that thou didst raise them up for the very purpose of putting forth that sacred document.” We pray that kings and rulers and the peoples of all nations under heaven may be persuaded of the blessings enjoyed by the people of this land by reason of their freedom under thy guidance and be constrained to adopt similar governmental systems, thus to fulfill the ancient prophecy of Isaiah and Micah that out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. — President Harold B. Lee,  Improvement Era, October 1945, p. 504

As a guide to becoming a Zion Society, First, we must eliminate the individual tendency to selfishness that snares the soul, shrinks the heart, and darkens the mind. . . . Second, we must cooperate completely and work in harmony one with the other.  There must be unanimity in our decisions and unity in our actions. . . . Third, we must lay on the altar [of] sacrifice whatever is required by the Lord.  We begin by offering a “broken heart and contrite spirit.”  We follow this by giving our best effort in our assigned fields of labor and callings.  We learn our duty and execute it fully.  Finally we consecrate our time, talents, and means as called upon by our file leaders and as prompted by the whisperings of the Spirit. — President Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report, April 1978, p. 123

 

This Zion of the Lord, in all its beauty, power and glory is engraven upon the hands of

Almighty God, and it is before his face continually; his decrees are set and no man can turn them aside.  There never was a dispensation on the earth when prophets and apostles, the inspiration, revelation and power of God, the holy priesthood and the keys of the kingdom were needed more than they are in this generation.  There never has been a dispensation when the friends of God and righteousness among the children of men needed more faith in the promises and prophecies than they do today, and there certainly never has been a generation of people on the earth that has had a greater work to perform than the inhabitants of the earth in the latter days.  That is one reason why this church and kingdom has progressed from its commencement until today, in the midst of all the opposition, oppression and warfare which have been waged against it by men inspired by the evil one. If this had not been the dispensation of the fullness of times – the dispensation in which God has declared that he will establish his kingdom on the earth never more to be thrown down, the inhabitants of the earth would have been enabled to overcome the kingdom and Zion of God in this as well as in any former dispensation.  But the set time has come to favor Zion, and the Lord Almighty has decreed in the heavens that every weapon formed against her shall be broken. — President Wilford Woodruff, Journal of Discourses 15:8-9

The Zion of God must consist of men that are pure in heart and pure in life and spotless

before God.  At least that is what we have got to arrive at.  We are not there yet, but we must get there before we shall be prepared to inherit glory and exaltation. . . . It is not enough for us to embrace the gospel . . . and be associated with the people of God, attend our meetings and partake of the sacrament of the Lord’s supper, and endeavor to move along without much blame of any kind attached to us.  For notwithstanding all this, if our hearts are not right, if we are not pure in heart before God, . . . fearing God and keeping his commandments, we shall not unless we repent, participate in these blessings. — President John Taylor, The Gospel Kingdom, pp. 89-90

If we are to build that Zion of which the prophets have spoken and of which the Lord has given mighty promise, we must set aside our consuming selfishness.  We  must rise above our love for comfort and ease, and in the very process of effort and struggle, even in our extremity, we shall become better acquainted with our God. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, November 1991, p. 59