What is Zion?

One of the most common scriptures used in our Sunday School classes is Moses 7:18, there are a hundred more that discuss Zion in the present and latter days, however this scripture is the most concise that I can find.

Moses 7:18 “And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.”

I’d like to propose that the covenants we make in Latter Day Saint Temples cover ALL of these Zion characteristics. The Temple is a sacred place and what you learn there will teach you how to be a Zion individual. I invite you to attend the Temple often and when you do so think, pray and listen to what the Spirit will teach you! I promise you that if you do this, you will learn something new every time you go and your testimony will increase. If you are not able to attend the Temple at the present moment, please do everything in your power to be worthy to have a recommend. Please work with your Bishop and Stake President if needed. There is nothing more important in this life than for you to make these sacred covenants with our Father in Heaven and for you to receive the blessings that come from obeying those covenants.

This is what I think about when I hear these words of Moses 7:18

One Heart – as a people are we one in purpose like Christ and Heavenly Father are? Are we one in purpose with our spouses, brothers and sisters? Do we feel joy or pain when our brothers and sisters experience those feelings?

One Mind – do we chose to obey the voice of the Lord? Do we want the things God wants for us? Is our eye single to his glory?

Dwelt in Righteousness – are we loving our neighbors and strangers as ourselves? Are we being good Christians by treating others as Christ would treat them? Do we constantly strive to do better and through Christ’s grace and mercy strive to improve?

No Poor Among Them – do we freely share of our time, resources and talents with our brothers and sisters? Do we visit the sick and the afflicted? Are we feeding the hungry and clothing the naked?

There are many more layers to this scripture but this is enough for now. Only one man lived a perfect life, his name is Jesus. We can strive to be pure through his Atonement and do much good in our time in this life. I think that as we grow closer to Christ and follow his example we will be closer to becoming a Zion person.

God Bless!

Ed