Ask, Seek, Knock

Translate

Insight Archive

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What is Zion?

The Old Testament mentions Zion 153 times, and zero times in the New Testament (41 times in the Book of Mormon and 187 in the Doctrine and Covenants). The majority is mentioned by the Prophet Isaiah. I have seen many churches in the South mention Zion. This leads to the question mentioned in the title: what is Zion?
In The Pearl of Great Price (more specifically the Book of Moses), Moses wrote, "And the Lord called His people Zion..." (Moses 7: 18). Zion, as stated in this scripture, is the Lord's people. This was what the Lord called His people in the days of Enoch (who has to be one of my favorite prophets of all time). These people followed Enoch because he was being led by the Lord. Thus, because they followed the Lord, they received blessings. The Prophet Joseph Smith stated, "There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—and when we obtain any blessing from God it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated (D&C 130: 20-21). This applied to all who received blessings from the days of Adam onward. If we read the end of  Moses 7: 18,  Moses tells us what blessings they received, "...and there was no poor among them." This is a great blessing. They weren't poor. The question which comes forth now is: poor in what? I would assume they were spiritually rich, as well as temporally rich. How did this occur? I skipped over the middle part. I believe it is of the most significance, " because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness..." The people of Enoch had one purpose, which was to serve the Lord. They were so blessed the Lord found it necessary to take the ENTIRE city up to Him (Moses 7: 69).

This ought to make us reflect upon ourselves. Are we serving the Lord? King Benjamin gave an address to his people before he passed away. In this address he declared, "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God. (Mosiah 2:17)" We must set aside our pride, and our selfish tendencies to help out our brothers and sisters. When we apply this to marriages, we see happy spouses. When we apply this to family, families are overall more happy. It can be and must be applied to ALL aspects of life. One of the things that is common with the people I see today is that they hold grudges and do not forgive. Forgiving is a principle of humility. It allows us to more fully serve the Lord. Some people are too prideful to ask for forgiveness. It feels much better when you know you have that forgiveness. Husbands (and wives) who get married for their own benefit will not have a lasting eternal marriage. Pride cannot exist in Zion. Zion is all who will be in the presence of Heavenly Father in the Eternities. When we set aside ourselves and put others in front of us, we will see happiness, and peace. We will want to do more, and the light of Christ will continue to perpetuate the actions we do in all aspects of our lives. If all work for it, those blessings Zion (the city of Enoch) saw, we will see also. I so testify in the holy name of Jesus Christ, our Savoir.

2 comments:

  1. Watch "Character of Christ" by Elder Bednar if you can find it

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I enjoy that talk. It was given to missionaries in the MTC. I highly recommend doing the Book of Mormon challenge he gives us in that talk. Perhaps, I will try to find it and post it. Thank You

      Delete