Building Zion
Not only was building an Enoch-style Zion a core part of the mission of the early LDS Church as we saw last time, our leaders made it very clear in the mid-1800s that building Zion was a central element in God's over-arching, big-picture plan for the last days to prepare Earth for the Second Coming of Christ. Here are...
Building Zion
By Jesse Fisher In this 50th “Thoughts on Zion” article, we're exploring the determination by the early LDS apostles and prophets to establish a Zion in Utah. We start out with my favorite Brigham Young quote about building Zion, which always makes me smile: “I desire to let us alone .... Let them attend to their own business, and we will...
Building Zion
Remember when back in 1981, President Spencer W. Kimball outlined very succinctly the three-fold mission of the LDS Church? (Preach the gospel, redeem the dead and perfect the saints.) Unfortunately, no leader in the early days of the Church sat down and took the time to outline its mission is such a clear and distinct way as President Kimball....
Building Zion
By Jesse Fisher While gathering hundreds of quotes by early LDS apostles and prophets, a very clear and startling picture began to come into focus. I was amazed to discover just how central the building of Zion was to the early Mormon Church. Over the next five installments, we'll look at a few quotes among 92 that show, in different...
Building Zion
Another surprising thing I discovered while reading quotes by early LDS leaders was that they equated their Zion-building efforts in Utah to those of the ancient prophet Enoch: “Then again, did Enoch build up a Zion? So we are doing .... Now, this is what we are building up, and they built up a similar thing before the flood ....”...
Building Zion
As mentioned last time, John Taylor wasted no time after the death of Brigham Young in working to unify the Saints economically in a Zion-like fashion. Young’s efforts had failed to successfully institute the United Order a second time among the members of the church generally. In 1879, Zion’s Central Board of Trade was established by the newly sustained president...
By Jesse Fisher During the early 1870s, LDS leaders spoke about how the Saints left 'Babylon' for Utah. Have we left Babylon behind us? “We are living in that eventful time, and the Lord has set his hand to gather his people. He has called them forth out of Babylon.... that they receive not of her plagues and that they partake...
Building Zion
Not only did the early LDS leaders teach that the whole point of gathering to Utah was to build a Zion society, but they also specifically taught that it was God's will that they do so. No one put it more clearly than Brigham Young when in 1860 he said: “The Lord has led the people carefully along, and dictated according...
Zion
Elder D. Todd Christofferson said that "The antithesis and antagonist of Zion is Babylon." So, we can learn about both Zion and Babylon by comparing and contrasting them. I believe that they both are methods of organizing society, but that Zion is the true method, the one God wants for us, and that Babylon is the false. This idea...
Building Zion
During my first four decades as a member of the LDS Church, the only thing I could remember about President John Taylor was that he was in the room when Joseph Smith was martyred. Nothing else stood out for me about him until I started studying the early Brethren's teachings about building a Zion society in Utah. That's when I...