Sunday, 18 December 2016

What is Zion?

The Lord commands us to "seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion" (D&C 6:6). Zion refers to the Lord's people who are of one heart and one mind and dwell together in righteousness. We can establish Zion by building unity and spiritual strength in our homes, wards or branches, and communities.

What are some words that come to mind when you think about Zion?

What does it mean that "Enoch and all his people walked with God, and he dwelt in the midst of Zion"? (Moses 7:69)
Do you think they literally walked with God?
How can we walk with God in our daily lives?
* Reading our scriptures
* serving others
* praying daily
* being a missionary
* being kind
* thinking of others first

How do we flee Babylon and come to Zion?
He called for the elders of His Church to be sent forth across the world to accomplish this gathering, commencing an effort that continues in full vigor today. “And behold, and lo, this shall be their cry, and the voice of the Lord unto all people: Go ye forth unto the land of Zion, that the borders of my people may be enlarged, and that her stakes may be strengthened, and that Zion may go forth unto the regions round about” (D&C 133:9). --Elder Christofferson

How can we build Zion in our Ward? In our Family? In our YW?
Caring for the Poor

After Christ came, the Nephites and Lamanites had a Zion-like community for a long time. In 4 Nephi 1:1-18, it describes this community. What was it like?

Personal Progress: Divine Nature #3--strengthen a relationship with a family member or friend

Mosiah 18:21D&C 38:26–27 (We should seek unity)
1 Nephi 13:37D&C 6:6 (Seek to bring forth Zion)
4 Nephi 1:1–18 (The Nephites and Lamanites live together in a Zion-like state)
D&C 97:21Moses 7:18 (What is Zion?)
Henry B. Eyring, “Our Hearts Knit as One,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2008, 68–71
D. Todd Christofferson, “Come to Zion,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2008, 37–40
Bonnie L. Oscarson, “Sisterhood: Oh, How We Need Each Other,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2014, 119–121
Zion,” True to the Faith (2004), 189–90
As Sisters in Zion, Hymns, no. 309

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