Thoughts on Zion

Serve Daily - - LIBERTY SHALL BE MAINTAINED - Build­ing Zion in Utah

By Jesse Fisher

Why do we Mormons use the term “Zion” to re­fer to the Church here in Utah? Be­cause our LDS fore­fa­thers were ac­tu­ally, phys­i­cally en­gaged in build­ing a real-live Zion so­ci­ety here dur­ing the 1850s and be­yond. Our use of the term in that con­text to­day is just an echo of their de­ter­mined ef­forts to build the real thing.

Pres­i­dent Brigham Young stated in 1853 that the Saints gath­ered to Utah be­cause they “an­tic­i­pated de­liv­er­ance from [the eco­nomic and re­li­gious] hell [of their home­lands], to find a heaven with the Saints; [they] ex­pected to ex­change [Baby­lon’s] con­fu­sion for a Zion of or­der and beauty....”

In 1854, Apos­tle Heber C. Kim­ball ex­pressed the hope that he and Brigham would “live many years yet to as­sist in mak­ing per­ma­nent the foun­da­tions of Zion”.

In 1855, Pres­i­dent Young said, “When our Elders go out to preach the Gospel, they tell the people to gather to Zion. Where is it? It is at the City of the Great Salt Lake in the Val­leys of the Moun­tains, in the set­tle­ments of Utah Ter­ri­tory—there is Zion now.“

In 1856, the some­times-brash Young bel­lowed, “Let [Congress] at­tend to their own busi­ness, and we will build up Zion while they go to hell.” (Bravo!)

1857 - “You hear brethren talk of com­ing to Zion to en­joy the bless­ings of this land; but do you not see that it is the short-sight­ed­ness of men which causes their dis­ap­point­ment when they ar­rive here? They read in the [scrip­tures] about Zion, and what it is to be; but [they] could not re­al­ize... that they were the ones to help to build up Zion. They gather here with the spirit of Zion rest­ing upon them, and ex­pect­ing to find Zion in its glory, whereas their own doc­trine should teach them that they are com­ing here to make Zion.” - Brigham Young.

1860 - “The Lord has led the people care­fully along... from place to place, un­til, fi­nally, we have come into these val­leys in the moun­tains. Why? The Lord... has known, from the be­gin­ning of cre­ation, that this is the land whereon to build this Zion.” - Brigham Young.

It’s 154 years later and there’s no Zion so­ci­ety in sight. Zion was de­railed in the 1880s. Baby­lon reigns in con­fu­sion. But wait... there is still hope for us! Dis­cuss this at Build­ingZion.org © 2014 by Jesse Fisher

Many lo­cals came out to sup­port the an­nual Hey Kid Run that is put on by lo­cal res­i­dent Carolina Her­rin on Satur­day May 24, 2014.

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