Tuesday, July 26, 2016

D. Todd Christofferson on our personal efforts to build Zion

Elder D. Todd Christofferson (b. January 24, 1945) was called to the Seventy in 1993, and as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in 2008.
"Zion is Zion because of the character, attributes, and faithfulness of her citizens. Remember, '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' (Moses 7:18). If we would establish Zion in our homes, branches, wards, and stakes, we must rise to this standard. It will be necessary (1) to become unified in one heart and one mind; (2) to become, individually and collectively, a holy people; and (3) to care for the poor and needy with such effectiveness that we eliminate poverty among us. We cannot wait until Zion comes for these things to happen—Zion will come only as they happen....
"The Prophet Joseph Smith said, 'We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object' (Teachings: Joseph Smith, 186). In our families and in our stakes and districts, let us seek to build up Zion through unity, godliness, and charity, preparing for that great day when Zion, the New Jerusalem, will arise."
- D. Todd Christofferson, "Come to Zion," Ensign, Nov. 2008, pp. 37-38
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Building Zion in our homes and communities is a great quest. Elder Christofferson invites us to become "of one heart and one mind" and learn to care deeply for one another, temporally and spiritually. We can hasten the development of Zion as we:

  • become unified
  • become more righteous, individually and collectively
  • learn to care sincerely for all among us

Only as we consciously and actively pursue these efforts will the blessing of Zion begin to be ours.

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