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Zion

Zion
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"In the earliest years of this dispensation the people faltered in attempting to live the full economic plan of Zion, the united order. Because of their transgressions, the Lord chastened them. . . ."The length of time required 'to accomplish all things pertaining to Zion' is strictly up to us and how we live, for creating Zion 'commences in the heart of each person.' (Journal of Discourses, 9:283.) That it would take some time to learn our lessons was seen by the prophets. In 1863 Brigham Young stated:" 'If the people neglect their duty, turn away from the holy commandments which God has given us, seek their own individual wealth, and neglect the interests of the kingdom of God, we may expect to be here quite a time?perhaps a period that will be far longer than we anticipate.' (Journal of Discourses, 11:102.)"Unfortunately we live in a world that largely rejects the values of Zion. Babylon has not and never will comprehend Zion. . . ."This state of affairs stands in marked contrast to the Zion the Lord seeks to establish through his covenant people. Zion can be built up only among those who are the pure in heart, not a people torn by covetousness or greed, but a pure and selfless people. . . . No, Zion is not things of the lower, but of the higher order, things that exalt the mind and sanctify the heart."Zion is 'every man seeking the interest of his neighbor, and doing all things with an eye single to the glory of God.' (D&C 82:19.) As I understand these matters, Zion can be established only by those who are pure in heart, and who labor for Zion."
-- Spencer W. Kimball, "Becoming the Pure in Heart," Ensign, May 1978, 80?81

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