Thoughts on Zion

God is Wait­ing For Us to Build Zion

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Jesse Fisher

There are three common ob­jec­tions to the idea that we can build Zion. The fol­low­ing are quotes from a talk given by Pres­i­dent Brigham Young on Fe­bru­ary 23, 1862 which I be­lieve re­fute th­ese ob­jec­tions: 1. Je­sus must build Zion, we can’t. “We are not go­ing to wait for an­gels, or for Enoch and his company to come and build up Zion, but we are go­ing to build it.”

“But while con­tem­plat­ing the fu­ture great­ness of Zion, do we re­al­ize that we are the pi­o­neers of that fu­ture great­ness and glory? Do we re­al­ize that if we en­joy a Zion in time or in eter­nity, we must make it for our­selves? That all who have a Zion in the eter­ni­ties of the gods or­ga­nized, framed, con­sol­i­dated, and per­fected it them­selves, and con­se­quently are en­ti­tled to en­joy it.

“The Lord has done his share of the work; he has sur­rounded us with… ev­ery­thing with which to build up, beau­tify and glo­rify the Zion of the last days, and it is our business to mold th­ese el­e­ments to our wants and ne­ces­si­ties, ac­cord­ing to the knowl­edge we now have and the wis­dom we can ob­tain from the Heavens through our faith­ful­ness. In this way will the Lord bring again Zion upon the earth, and in no other.” 2. We’re wait­ing for God. “There is not one thing want­ing in all the works of God’s hands to make a Zion upon the earth when the peo­ple con­clude to make it. We can make a Zion of God on earth at our plea­sure, upon the same prin­ci­ple that we can raise a field of wheat, or build [a home] and in­habit [it].

“It is for us, as chil­dren of our heav­enly Fa­ther, to arise and as­sume the right the law of the Holy Priest­hood gives us, and or­ga­nize the el­e­ments for a Zion, and bring it forth, no mat­ter where we are.”

3. And the un­spo­ken ob­jec­tion, “But Baby­lon is so much fun!”

“…I am anx­ious that we should com­mence the growth of Zion in our­selves, and when we do this, we shall cease to will­ingly hold fel­low­ship with that which is evil. But so long as we will­ingly hold fel­low­ship with that which tends to death and de­struc­tion [ie. Baby­lon’s vices], we can­not progress as we should in the work of per­fec­tion in our­selves, nor in build­ing up and beau­ti­fy­ing Zion.

Dis­cuss this ar­ti­cle at Build­ingZion. org. © 2014 by Jesse Fisher.

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