John Tay­lor picks up the build­ing Zion torch

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING INNOVATION - By Jesse Fisher

The gen­eral fail­ure of the United Or­ders co­in­cided roughly with the pass­ing of Church Pres­i­dent Brigham Young in 1877. One might won­der if at the end, Brother Brigham was dis­cour­aged about build­ing Zion and whether, af­ter he passed, his suc­ces­sor John Tay­lor would move on and fo­cus else­where. This was def­i­nitely not the case.

To the very end, Brigham Young was adamant that the Saints were ob­li­gated to build Zion. In his last Gen­eral Con­fer­ence, Pres­i­dent Young said, “We have no busi­ness here other than to build up and es­tab­lish the Zion of God.” Pretty clear.

In that same con­fer­ence, he asked a rhetor­i­cal ques­tion that demon­strated his un­der­stand­ing that build­ing Zion was as much an eco­nomic ef­fort as a spir­i­tual one. He asked, “What would be the first les­son nec­es­sary to teach the peo­ple, were we to com­mence to di­rect their labors to the great end of be­com­ing of one heart and one mind in the Lord, of es­tab­lish­ing Zion...? It would be to stop ex­pend­ing and lav­ish­ing upon our dear selves all need­less adorn­ments and to stop pur­chas­ing the im­por­ta­tions of Baby­lon.” A Zion so­ci­ety must be eco­nom­i­cally in­de­pen­dent from Baby­lon.

In the very next Gen­eral Con­fer­ence af­ter Brigham’s pass­ing, John Tay­lor, as pres­i­dent of the Quo­rum of the Twelve, made a state­ment clearly show­ing that he was hold­ing high the torch of build­ing Zion go­ing for­ward.

He said, “I wish to make a few re­marks in re­la­tion to what we term the United Or­der. We are united to­day with God, and with the holy Priest­hood that ex­isted be­fore us, with Je­sus the Me­di­a­tor of the New Covenant, and with the an­cient Prophets and Apos­tles and men of God, in build­ing up the Zion of God upon the earth. They, in their dif­fer­ent spheres and call­ings, are op­er­at­ing with us, and we with them, and the whole thing is a grand Co­op­er­a­tive So­ci­ety; and ev­ery­thing we do here should be with the view of unit­ing our earthly in­ter­ests, that we may be one in things tem­po­ral and one in things spir­i­tual, one on the earth and one with those in the heav­ens....”

John Tay­lor went on to make a grand con­tri­bu­tion to the ef­fort to build Zion by es­tab­lish­ing an eco­nomic or­ga­ni­za­tion of which, sadly, you have prob­a­bly never heard – Zion’s Cen­tral Board of Trade.

Duke’s Jewel­ers in Springville has been named Busi­ness of the Month by the Springville Cham­ber of Com­merce.

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