zions timing
There are several statements by members of the Seventy and by one apostle that all indicate that Zion is to be built by the Saints before Christ returns. Here is one:"The establishment of Zion should be the aim of every member of this Church…. Latter-day Saints conscientiously strive to bring forth Zion... preparatory to the Lord’s Second Coming." (Elder...
zion
Early LDS leaders taught that the New Jerusalem Zion would be built before Christ makes his triumphant return. Some of us (or our children) will be called upon to assist in building the New Jerusalem Zion society. Will we be ready? What can we do to better prepare ourselves and our posterity for that honor?It proved an insurmountable challenge...
co-ops
Some may be unaware that early LDS leaders taught that co-operatives were a means of uniting the Saints economically and preparing them for their eventual return to build the New Jerusalem Zion.A great quote showing this was given by Elder George A. Smith in the October 1873 General Conference. He said, “We are looking forward to the day when...
zion myths
By Jesse FisherIn my decades as a member of the LDS Church, I have heard and read several myths about establishing Zion. Two through five are easily refuted by a casual reading of "Great Basin Kingdom" by Church Historian Leonard J. Arrington.Myth #1 – Building Zion is a spiritual task.This myth is half true. Building Zion does require spiritual...
thoughts on zion
Over the last eight columns, we've reviewed teachings of the early LDS leaders regarding Babylon, Zion's “antithesis and antagonist”.They taught: - We live in Babylon, both spiritually and economically. - Though the Saints left Babylon to build a Zion in Utah, they, unfortunately, brought Babylonian values, practices, and traditions with them. - Babylon is “the false organization of society” and Zion is...
babylon's traditions
By Jesse Fisher Early LDS leaders taught that the Saints had brought Babylon's follies with them to Utah and that, in order to build the prophesied latter-day Zion, those traditions had to be replaced.In June of 1877, Apostle Erastus Snow stated, “Now the Latter-day Saints are gathering from all nations and tongues, with divers customs and habits and traditions, and...
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...
LDS leaders during the 1870s were teaching the Saints that they could never reach their goal of establishing Zion in the Utah Territory if they kept “clinging to Babylon”. One leader hinted that God himself may yank us away from Babylon.In 1877, Elder Erastus Snow said, “One thing is certain, that if God accomplishes with the Latter-day Saints what...
By Jesse Fisher Last time we saw from quotes given by early LDS leaders that Babylon is the false organization of society. Let's look now at those same brethren's teachings about Babylon's fateful future.For the three decades of the 1850s through the 1870s, the Mormon church leaders taught what John the Revelator saw happening in vision as recorded in the...
zion myths
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...