The Idea of Zion The Doctrine & Covenants Lecture 04 by Hyrum Andrus

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I just want to say again how much I appreciate
being here with you folks and feeling the Spirit and particularly having Helen Mae with
me. We’ve had an enjoyable trip down. She has a whole big batch of files on President
Benson, and she brought them with us, and we read Ezra Taft Benson from Alpine to Snowflake.
It was just a thrilling experience to read through discourse after discourse that he
has given. As I’d drive along, she’d read and we’d discuss and say, ‘Hey, that’s a great
idea; where can we work that one in?’ It’s a thrill and a pleasure to be with you.
Our subject for this hour is The Idea of Zion. As you read some of the early Sections of
the Doctrine and Covenants, Sections 11, 12, 14–and it’s easy to remember, because they’re
all verse 6 in those three revelations, and they all say the same thing. The thing that
they say, as in Section 11:6, is, ‘Now, as you have asked, behold I say unto you, keep
my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion.’
The Prophet Joseph Smith makes this statement as he talks about the importance of Zion.
This is Teachings, page 160: ‘We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest
object.’ As our greatest object. Some people say that teaching the gospel is the greatest
work, and other people say that the redemption of the dead is the greatest work, and there
are ways in which that comment needs to be understood to make it more meaningful. But
the building of Zion will include both of them, won’t it? So if there’s an end to controversy,
it will be on this. We need to build Zion, not just as something
that’s going to happen in the last days. We need to build Zion for our salvation. Let
me put it this way: no person will enter into the celestial kingdom as an heir to be exalted
therein who has not established in his life the principles, the knowledge, the doctrine
and the program of Zion. You become exalted by becoming a Zion people. And to the degree
that we are a Zion people, we are prepared for celestial existence. The building of
Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 2 Zion is not just something for the Millennium,
it’s something that I need to do if I ever expect to be exalted in the celestial kingdom,
because exaltation is not based on any other principle. You cannot neglect the building
of Zion and be exalted; it just cannot be done. And you cannot neglect understanding
the principles and the doctrine of Zion, and be exalted; it simply cannot be done.
You can be baptized and get into the celestial kingdom and be a ministering angel and run
around loose in eternity as a free-lance celestial being, as it were–sealed, however, to some
family. But you cannot be exalted unless you have learned and internalized the principles
of Zion. Here in Section 105, as the Lord spoke to
the Saints in June of 1834, at a place called Fishing River in Missouri, the setting is
Zion’s Camp which had traveled this thousand miles, thereabouts, from Kirtland to Missouri,
to give the Saints support in being reinstated upon their lands. When they got there, the
Lord gave this revelation: Verse 2: ‘Behold, I say unto you, were it
not for the transgressions of my people, speaking concerning the church and not individuals,
they might have been redeemed even now. But behold, they have not learned to be obedient
to the things which I required at their hands, but are full of all manner of evil, and do
not impart of their substance, as becometh saints, to the poor and afflicted among them;
And are not united according to the union required by the law of the celestial kingdom.’
That ‘union’ is union based on Spirit, testimony, the revelations of God’s will and mind to
each person, which brings a natural union. He says, ‘And Zion cannot be built up unless
it is by the principles of the law of the celestial kingdom; otherwise I cannot receive
her unto myself.’ That last phrase is very, very important. It has more than one application.
It means for the here and now, for this earth, that Christ will not come in the second coming
until he has a people established on the principles of the law of the celestial kingdom. You can
talk about the second coming, you can speculate when it’s going to take place, but you write
this down that he will not come in his glory and in his power until there is a body of
people living the full law of the Doctrine and Covenants concerning Zion. It simply will
not be, because he cannot come and receive them unto himself.
Then that extension goes on into the resurrection. He cannot receive
Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 3 us as his people, and we be his people in
the resurrection, except it is on the basis that we have received, embraced, applied,
internalized the principles of the law of the celestial kingdom. So this is very important.
In the Inspired Revision of the Bible, in the book of Genesis, there is an interesting
statement there that has its basis in a covenant which the Lord made initially with Enoch,
and then renewed with Noah. This applies in its fulfillment to us in the latter-day, or
to that body of people who will finally build Zion in preparation for Christ’s Millennial
reign. In verse 17 of Genesis 9: ‘I will establish my covenant with you which
I made unto Enoch,’ speaking to Enoch, ‘concerning the remnants of your posterity. And God made
a covenant with Noah, and said, This shall be the token of the covenant I make between
me and you, and for every living creature with you, for perpetual generations; I will
set my bow,’ that is, the rainbow, ‘in the cloud: and it shall be for a token of a covenant
between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth,
that the bow shall be seen in the cloud; and I will remember my covenant which I have made
between me and you, for every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall no more
become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look
upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant, which I made unto thy father Enoch,’
and here’s the gist of the covenant: ‘That when men should keep all my commandments,
Zion should again come on the earth, the city of Enoch which I have caught up unto myself.
And this is mine everlasting covenant,’ speaking to Noah, ‘that when thy posterity shall embrace
the truth, and look upward, then shall Zion look downward, and all the heavens shall shake
with gladness, and the earth shall tremble with joy; And the general assembly of the
church of the firstborn’–those members of that church are mainly on up there–‘shall
come down out of heaven, and possess the earth, and shall have place until the end come. And
this is the everlasting covenant which I made with thy father Enoch.’
Note the symbolism there–the symbolism of the rainbow, which acts in symbol as the veil
between us here and those up there. And when we, under the great canopy of the rainbow,
embrace the gospel and quit looking at mundane things, earthly things, and look upward instead
with the Spirit of the Lord in our lives, and receive all the
Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 4 truths and apply all the principles of the
gospel, when we do this then Zion up there will look down, and the general assembly of
the church of the firstborn, the church above the veil, will then come down out of heaven
and have place on earth. What does that imply must needs be done before
the second coming? We’ve got to build Zion. We’ve got to.
Zion is to be established before the Millennium. And if I can say so and venture to say so,
years before the Millennium. Decades before the Millennium. Zion must be established before
the Millennium and will exist for a period of time. For example, here in Section 45:66,
the Lord is talking about the last days. And you just take this statement and analyze it
at face value for what it is saying. ‘And it shall be called the New Jerusalem,
a land of peace, a city of refuge, a place of safety for the saints of the Most High
God; And the glory of the Lord shall be there.’ That’s the cloud by day and the pillar of
fire by night. ‘And the terror of the Lord also shall be there, insomuch that the wicked
will not come unto it, and it shall be called Zion. And it shall come to pass among the
wicked, that every man that will not take his sword against his neighbor must needs
flee unto Zion for safety. And there shall be gathered unto it out of every nation under
heaven; and it shall be the only people that shall not be at war one with another. And
it shall be said among the wicked: Let us not go up to battle against Zion, for the
inhabitants of Zion are terrible; wherefore we cannot stand.’
Now, ask yourselves this question: Is that talking about the Millennium? Obviously not.
There are wicked people. There is the situation where either you take up your sword against
your neighbor, or else you flee to Zion. Is it talking about the period after the Millennium?
Obviously not. What period is it talking about? A period before the Millennium. And this is
an extended period of time as we understand the prophetic picture.
In this time, then, Zion will arise with great power. Here in Section 64, the Lord speaks
of Zion in this period of time. He says, verse 41, ‘For, behold, I say unto you that Zion
shall flourish, and the glory of the Lord shall be upon her; And she shall be an ensign….’
What is an ‘ensign’? It is something to which you look. Anciently in the time of battle,
they carried an ensign. The ensign showed the troops where to focus attention, where
they were moving. An ensign is Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 5
something to which you look for direction. ‘And it shall be an ensign unto the people,
and there shall come unto her out of every nation under heaven. And the day shall come
when the nations of the earth shall tremble because of her, and shall fear because of
her terrible ones.’ Before the Millennium? Obviously so.
So the program is that we need to build Zion. And that means that we need to kind of get
an idea of what Zion is all about. We have statements in the scriptures that help us
on this subject. Section 97 tells us concerning Zion, and it has some other things that we’ll
come back to later in relation to Zion, but in the midst of the explanation he says this
in verse 21: ‘Therefore, verily, thus saith the Lord, let Zion rejoice, for this is Zion–The
Pure In Heart; therefore, let Zion rejoice, while all the wicked shall mourn.’
So one of the most distinctive qualities of Zion is a people who are pure in heart. And
that purity has to come through the gospel, through the sanctifying power of the gospel.
Another statement that helps us to understand the idea of Zion is what the Lord said here
in the book of Moses about the order that Enoch built up. Enoch and his people established
a Zion society in their midst, and note what the Lord says about them. This is Moses 7:16-21:
‘And from that time forth there were wars and bloodshed among them; but the Lord came
and dwelt with his people.’ Now, the Savior as a pre-earth spirit came and dwelt with
Zion. And likewise, the Savior will come to the latter-day Zion, and he will dwell with
the Latter-day Saints for years and for decades before he comes to the world in glory.
As Latter-day Saints, we talk about preparing for the second coming. Personally I’m not
thinking about his coming to the world in glory; that’s looking beyond the mark. The
thing I’m thinking about is when Isaiah 59 is fulfilled, that the Redeemer shall come
to Zion and to those who turn from ungodliness in Jacob. This is much closer; this is much,
much closer as a period of time. I don’t venture to prophesy, but we’re living at a time that
is very, very near when many people will personally and individually see and receive instructions
from Christ our Redeemer. As I’ve said, he will be in Zion for years
prior to his coming in glory. We’ll get to that when we talk about the prophetic picture
this evening and tomorrow evening and Saturday evening.
Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 6 It goes on here in the book of Moses and says,
‘The fear of the Lord was upon all nations, so great was the glory of the Lord, which
was upon his people.’ See, they had the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night. They
had the endowment of glory, which naturally belongs to the people of the Saints. If we
don’t have it, we’re not Saints– we’re aint’s and complaints, we’re not Saints. If we’re
really Saints, we’ll have the endowment of glory. I’ve looked over the top of my house
several times, and I haven’t seen it! And I haven’t seen it over anyone else’s either.
I’ve had some beautiful spiritual experiences, and so have all of us, but we’re not there
yet. So the glory of the Lord was upon the people,
and this was so concentrated that there was fear upon all nations because of that divine
endowment. He says, ‘And the Lord blessed the land, and they were blessed upon the mountains,
and upon the high places, and did flourish. And the Lord called his people Zion,’ and
here’s why: ‘…because they were of one heart and one mind.’ That doesn’t contradict the
Lord’s statement in Section 97, that Zion is the pure in heart. You can’t have one heart
and one mind except on the basis of purity. And the two go together.
‘They were Zion because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness;
and there was no poor among them,’ which meant that they had the economic program of the
kingdom. And they applied it, and they were sanctified. They had the cloud by day and
the pillar of fire by night over every dwelling place. And inside the house they had Pentecost,
and the gifts of the Spirit, and the blessings and the endowments of the Spirit. Those are
the things that we should be looking for as a people and working toward.
Some of us think that we can handle the endowment of glory. Let me tell you, you can’t handle
it without a preparatory action. You can’t handle it; it just simply cannot be done,
unless there is a preparation for it. That preparation is accomplished through service
and through devotion and the study of the scriptures and through fasting and through
prayer and through personal discipline, and through the meekness of Christ in our lives.
It simply cannot be handled, because the endowment is such and is so dynamic and so forceful
and powerful, and with it goes the responsibility of the greater endowment that opens up the
onslaught of the adversary against the individual commensurate with what he has received. So
we have to work and prepare for the endowment of Zion with glory.
Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 7 The Lord goes on and says Enoch continued
his preaching, ‘in righteousness unto the people of God. And it came to pass in his
days, that he built a city that was called the City of Holiness, even Zion.’
Now, this means to me that Zion has both a spiritual and what may be called a natural
or a temporal basis. It has the law of consecration and stewardship as a basis. But above all,
it has the foundation of spiritual renewal, people who have been born again, people who
have been changed and transformed spiritually, people who have awakened unto God and who
enjoy the spirit of revelation and the gifts of the Spirit. It is right at this point,
where the rubber meets the road, that President Benson is talking to us today. And it’s for
this reason that so many of us are under condemnation. We’re saying, ‘All is well in Zion! Look at
the number of temples we’ve built in the last five years. Look at the number of missionaries
we’ve got out!’ And essentially, we are aping the ways of the Gentiles economically and
socially, and we’ve translated achievement in that realm and made it a substitute for
getting the gifts of the Spirit and living by the Spirit and getting the revelations
of the Spirit and getting the love of God in our hearts. We’ve done that to the extent
that we’ve turned to secularism and materialism, and there is lethargy in our midst. We don’t
want to listen too much to the gospel, because it just isn’t of interest and it is, after
all, ‘hard to understand.’ And yet, here we are with the challenge of
building Zion. Let me give you this definition of Zion: Zion is a body of Saints established
on the full program and covenants of the gospel so that they are partakers of the truth and
power of God, and made pure in heart, united in one mind and heart, sealed to eternal life
and lives by the holy priesthood and endowed with God’s glory as a cloud and smoke by day
and a pillar of fire by night. The day will come when, as Latter-day Saints,
some of us at least will come to this standard. In the Book of Mormon, Nephi puts 19 chapters–or
there are at least 19 chapters–from Isaiah. Many of them are put there by Nephi, and then
the Savior puts one there and then Abinadi puts a full chapter there. But a couple of
these chapters of Isaiah are chapters 3 and 4. They both deal with the Latter-day Saints
and the cleansing that’s going to come to the Saints. In that day of cleansing, and
I’m reading from 2 Nephi 14, verse 2: ‘In that
Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 8 day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful
and glorious.’ This is that group that will finally be refined out from among the Latter-day
Saints, and when you get to the other end of the tunnel, after severe and critical cleansings
and judgments–as Isaiah said, ‘Zion shall be redeemed with judgment and her converts
with righteousness,’ then that group that comes out the other end of the tunnel will
indeed be a Zion people. They may be sitting out there somewhere in the desert, but they’ll
have the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night. They’ll have Pentecost in their
midst. And in that day, Isaiah says, talking of them,
‘shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious; the fruit of the earth excellent
and comely to them that are escaped of Israel.’ And he says, verse 5, ‘The Lord will create
upon every dwelling-place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by
day and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory of Zion shall be a
defense.’ Instead of having star wars as a method of
defense, we’ll have the endowment of glory. And it will be a defense to the Saints, and
it will be a lot less costly than the present program, if I may add that.
Zion, then, isn’t really Zion until we come to this point. Nephi tells us that this point
is going to be achieved through opposition. In 1 Nephi 14, he sees this great era of warfare
against Zion, which I think we discussed with you when I was here before. This becomes an
important key, because it’s out of this setting that Zion finally arises and becomes the standard
and ensign that she is supposed to be. Note that Nephi sees the multitudes among all nations
that are gathered together to fight against Zion. That will include the American nation
against the Saints, and it will be something more than the media. It will be military,
and it will be lawlessness and a devastating kind of thing where the Lord will have to
step in to preserve his people. But he says, ‘And it came to pass that I,
Nephi, beheld the power of the Lamb of God, that it descended upon the saints of the church
of the Lamb, and upon the covenant people of the Lord, who were scattered upon all the
face of the earth; and they were armed with righteousness and with the power of God in
great glory.’ Now that’s where Zion begins to arise and be an ensign–under those circumstances.
And then Zion becomes what may be called ‘Mount Zion,’ and the two terms have a distinct meaning.
Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 9 Let me just spend a little time with you now
on the term ‘Mount Zion.’ But let’s first of all turn to Section 84 to get an introduction
to what the Lord has to say about it here in this early revelation, as he speaks to
the Saints clear back in September of 1832. In verse 2, he says, ‘Yea, the word of the
Lord concerning his church, established in the last days for the restoration of his people,
as he has spoken by the mouth of his prophets, and for the gathering of his saints to stand
upon Mount Zion, which shall be the city of New Jerusalem.’
Then having said that, he explains, ‘Which city shall be built, beginning at the temple
lot, which is appointed by the finger of the Lord, in the western boundaries of the State
of Missouri, and dedicated by the hand of Joseph Smith, Jun., and others with whom the
Lord was well pleased. Verily, this is the word of the Lord, that the city New Jerusalem
shall be built by the gathering of the saints beginning at this place, even the place of
the temple, which temple shall be reared in this generation.’ That’s one time when men
failed but the Lord didn’t. So in Section 124, he cancels out the immediate responsibility.
He doesn’t cancel out the ultimate fulfillment, but for that day he set the work aside.
He says, ‘For verily this generation,’ speaking of the original declaration, ‘shall not all
pass away until an house shall be built unto the Lord, and a cloud shall rest upon it,
which cloud shall be even the glory of the Lord, which shall fill the house.’
Then as he comes back to that same theme in verse 31, after talking about the sons of
Moses and of Aaron in the priesthood, not their sons in the flesh, sons in the priesthood,
he then says, ‘Therefore, as I said concerning the sons of Moses–for the sons of Moses and
also the sons of Aaron shall offer an acceptable offering and sacrifice in the house of the
Lord, which house shall be built unto the Lord in this generation, upon the consecrated
spot as I have appointed–And the sons of Moses and of Aaron shall be filled with the
glory of the Lord upon Mount Zion in the Lord’s house, whose sons are ye; and also many whom
I have called,’ etc. All right, the Lord’s desire is to do what?
To build Mount Zion. Mount Zion is to be endowed with glory–the cloud by day, the pillar of
fire by night. And the sons of Moses and of Aaron, the sons in priesthood of Moses and
Aaron, are to be endowed with this glory. And had the Lord’s program gone forward and
the Saints been as faithful as they ought to have been, that would have happened in
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But we have a more sad story to tell. People who become celestial people are people
who are established on Mount Zion. Note what the Lord says in Section 76, verse 66, as
he speaks of the celestial kingdom: ‘These are they who are come unto Mount Zion’–‘are’
come. They’ve arrived; they’ve been there. Their lives are established on that program,
and hence they are celestial. ‘These are they who are come unto Mount Zion,
and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly place, the holiest of all.’ In the vision
of Christ and his saints on Mount Zion–you have a report of this in Section 133, where
the Lord refers to a time yet future. This period of time, if I can just make a clarification,
pertains to that period immediately before Christ comes to the Jews and immediately before
he comes in the clouds of Heaven. So there is a great work to be done to develop things
before he gets to that point where he comes to the Jews and to the world in the clouds
of Heaven. He speaks of that in verse 17: ‘For behold,
the Lord God hath sent forth the angel crying through the midst of heaven, saying: Prepare
ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight, for the hour of his coming is nigh–When
the Lamb shall stand upon Mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand,
having his Father’s name written on their foreheads. Wherefore, prepare ye for the coming
of the Bridegroom; go ye, go ye out to meet him.’
He is talking about incidents prior to and preparatory developments for the second coming.
The reference is back to Revelation 14 in the New Testament. That particular chapter
begins with John the Revelator seeing Christ as he stands on Mount Zion just before the
second coming, where there is a great division between the people– the righteous on one
hand gathered to Zion and Mount Zion established and Christ and the 144,000 with him, and then
on the other hand, the wicked of the world. As John sees that, he writes as follows, beginning
with verse 1: ‘And I looked, and lo, a Lamb stood on the
mount Zion, and with him a hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written
in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as
the voice of a great thunder; and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps;
And they sung as it were a new song….’ The four beasts, and we’ll talk about that Saturday
Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 11 night, ‘…before the four beasts, and the
elders; and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which
were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women.’
It doesn’t say that they were bachelors or some kind of celibates. ‘These are they who
are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed
from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb.’ Let me just make this
clarification: All of these good brethren are married men. All of them are. They are
men who hold fulness of priesthood, and you can’t give a man fulness of priesthood except
it is in the marriage relationship. They are called virgins, why? They are called
not defiled with women, why? That doesn’t mean that women are some kind of creatures
that you can get defiled with, that they’ve got some kind of dreaded disease, that they’re
lepers and you just don’t get into their presence. It just doesn’t have that kind of connotation.
It’s talking about men who are sanctified; it’s talking about men who have applied the
physical endowments in the right way. Hence, they are undefiled. They are virgins, just
like the ten virgins representing the whole Church, men and women.
The virgin principle indicates the purity of their character. It doesn’t indicate the
marriage status there, it indicates the purity of their character. The truth is, as Section
76 makes clear, that these are men who hold the keys to bring people into the church of
the Firstborn, the fulness of priesthood and the sealing powers. To get to that level of
development, those things are only given by and in and through the sacred covenants of
eternal marriage. So all of these brethren are married.
It says, ‘These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth…And in their
mouth was found no guile; for they are without fault before the throne of God.’ [Rev. 14:4-5]
The 144,000, then, have a special relationship with Christ. They follow him whithersoever
he shall go. They are the great harvest program of the latter-day, men who are endowed with
the powers of the priesthood to bring people into the church of the Firstborn. And all
of this will be done, and you finally come to the point where the Saints will stand on
Mount Zion with Christ and the 144,000 before the second coming.
Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 12 To get to that point, Christ will come to
the Saints in Zion years before, years before. And there will be a development in relation
to the Zion program and the building of that Zion program. Then it will consummate in his
standing on Mount Zion with the 144,000, ready to institute the great and final events that
bring his Millennial reign into power, the cleansing of the earth, the going to the Jews
and the cleansing and the final coming in glory. That’s the picture we need to get.
We need to see first things first. We need to see where we are, we need to see that we
have a living prophet who is saying, ‘We need to get sanctified! We are running behind times
spiritually. We are not where we ought to be as a Church in relation to spiritual renewal
and the knowledge of the Book of Mormon.’ We have a prophet who we thought was just
going to talk about politics. Instead, he talks about the most vital and important things,
not that politics are unimportant. I have three degrees in politics, for whatever that’s
worth, but at least they are important and have an important role to play. But politics
isn’t worth a hoot, if I can put it that way, except by a virtuous people and by a people
who are sanctified. The Founding Fathers established this nation
with the intent that it could not be sustained except by a virtuous people. We will prove
that statement true if we don’t watch it. So Mount Zion will be established. Now, what
is Mount Zion? What does it mean? Well, let me just explore the idea. Let’s first of all
start with the word ‘mount.’ I’m using it now as a noun, not a verb. Used as a verb,
‘Go mount your horse.’ That’s a verb. Let’s use it as a noun. What is a mount? Well, a
mount is that upon which something rests, or is established for use or for exhibition.
It is the card, etc., upon which a drawing or a photograph is mounted. It’s the mount,
the basic mount. It’s a saddle horse used for riding. That’s your mount. The Royal Canadian
Mounted Police. They are on their mount. The mount is that on which they sit, on which
they rest. So primarily, a mount used as a noun is a
foundation, a platform, a basis on which something else is established. That’s one meaning. Another
meaning is that it’s an elevation as in the earth’s surface. When used as part of a proper
name, it usually precedes a specific application as, for example, Mount Washington, or Mount
this or Mount that–it’s an elevated thing. Put the two ideas together, the two points
combined. The mount is the divine order of principles, ordinances and powers on which
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rests, by which she is elevated as a true ensign and standard to the world. Mount Zion
is established on the sacred principles, rites, covenants and powers of the Temple, and thereby
is elevated to be an ensign. Let me put it this way, that Zion is a Temple-centered,
Temple- founded society. Zion becomes Mount Zion when she is established upon the sacred
covenants of the House of the Lord, the sacred covenant of Obedience, the sacred covenant
of Sacrifice, the sacred covenant of the Law of the Gospel, which is the Sermon on the
Mount in its pure statement, living outside ourselves in service to others, the sacred
covenant of Virtue and Chastity, the sacred covenant of Consecration by which we are prepared
to enter through the veil into God’s presence to be heirs with God and joint-heirs with
Christ. When we, instead of just getting our hands
in the air, really establish our lives on that foundation and then go on to receive
the sealing powers and the endowment of glory that comes through the sealing power, so that
there is a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night over every dwelling place, then and
then only we do we have Mount Zion, or in other words, then only do we have Zion established
upon her Mount, her Mount being the order of rites, principles, powers, sealing ordinances,
fulness of priesthood and endowment of the Temple. That is the way we need to move. That’s
why it is so very, very important that we not only enter the Temple to be married, but
that we go back time and time and time again, so that we study the Mount on which Zion is
established. And we become familiar with it, and we internalize it and make it part of
our lives. Having been through the sacred ceremony of
the holy Endowment, then we sit quietly in the celestial room and we talk about how we
can establish our lives on the sacred covenants that we’ve just made. How can we really do
it? And this within the framework that the Prophet has established. How can I really
become a Temple Saint? How can I really apply those things?
The Temple is important and it’s not just something that we do for the dead. I used
to get the idea when I was a kid and was interested in the circus, that the Church and the Temple
were something like a circus. In the circus you have the big top, and that’s where everything
really takes place. And then out to the side over here you have the little sideshows that
go on. Those sideshows are interesting. One, for example, in some years past, a guy was
Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 14 standing up and saying, ‘Come see the horse
where his tail is where his head ought to be.’ And that was a really attractive thing.
People were lined up and put down their quarters and walked in. They had a horse backed up
into the stall, with his tail where his head ought to be. They passed on through and felt
so chagrined and foolish about it that they didn’t want to be alone in it, so they never
told their friends but invited them to go see. The little sideshow made lots of money,
and everyone went home chagrined. Getting back to the main theme–I get the
idea, though, out if that whole show that somehow the Church is the big top, and the
Temple is the little sideshow outside. If you can just reverse the picture, you’ll get
a little more clear picture. We’re going to talk tomorrow quite at length about the relationship
of the Church with the Holy Order built up in the Temple.
But the point is this, that Zion is a Temple-centered and Temple- founded society and it’s only
when we move, as it were, from membership in the Church and it’s activities–which are
all-important– but to really establishing our lives upon the Temple and its covenants,
and finally getting fulness of priesthood which is only given in the Temple, and then
sanctifying our lives and coming to where we can receive the endowment of glory. That
is the way to Zion. The way to Zion is not to pack up your trunk and head to Jackson
County. The way to Zion is to do this other program.
The Prophet Joseph Smith put it this way in Teachings, page 308- 309. He says, ‘The main
object was to build unto the Lord a house whereby He could reveal unto His people the
ordinances of His house and the glories of His kingdom, and teach the people the way
of salvation; for there are certain ordinances and principles that, when they are taught
and practiced, must be done in a place or house built for that purpose.
‘It was the design of the councils of heaven before the world was, that the principles
and laws of the priesthood should be predicated upon the gathering of the people in every
age of the world. Jesus did everything to gather the people, and they would not be gathered,
and He therefore poured out curses upon them. Ordinances instituted in the heavens before
the foundation of the world, in the priesthood, for the salvation of men are not to be altered
or changed. All must be saved on the same principles.’
Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 15 He says, ‘It is for the same purpose that
God gathers together His people in the last days, to build unto the Lord a house to prepare
them for the ordinances and endowments, washings and anointings, etc…If a man gets a fullness
of the priesthood of God he has to get it in the same way that Jesus Christ obtained
it, and that was by keeping all the commandments and obeying all the ordinances of the house
of the Lord. He says, ‘All men who become heirs of God
and joint heirs with Jesus Christ will have to receive the fulness of the ordinances of
his kingdom; and those who will not receive all the ordinances will come short of the
fullness of that glory, if they do not lose the whole.’
It is important, then, that we build Temples. It is through Temples that we receive the
endowments and are taught the principles and receive the sacred rites and covenants by
which we become a Zion people. Except we become a Zion people, we cannot be exalted.
For example, Zion, or the Temple, is the basis of the endowment of Zion with glory. Let me
turn to Section 124 with you, one of the revelations that deals with the Temple and its relationship
to Zion. Here, beginning with verse 36, the Lord says this: ‘For it is ordained that in
Zion, and in her stakes, and in Jerusalem, those places which I have appointed for refuge,
shall be the places for your baptisms for your dead. And again, verily I say unto you,
how shall your washings be acceptable unto me, except ye perform them in a house which
you have built to my name? For, for this cause I commanded Moses that he should build a tabernacle,
that they should bear it with them in the wilderness, and to build a house in the land
of promise….’ Some people think that the Temple built in ancient Israel was David’s
idea, which he was forbidden to carry out and which his son, Solomon, finally accomplished.
Note what the Lord says: ‘You need Temples,’ he says, and ‘For this cause I commanded Moses
that he should build a tabernacle, that they should bear it with them in the wilderness….’
The tabernacle was a portable Temple. Then he goes on and says, ‘…and also to build
a house in the land of promise, that those ordinances might be revealed which had been
hid from before the world was.’ So the Lord gave Moses instructions to build
a Temple in ancient Israel, and it wasn’t merely David’s idea. He picked it up from
somewhere back earlier. Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 16
He goes on and says, ‘Therefore, verily I say unto you, that your anointings, and your
washings, and your baptisms for the dead, and your solemn assemblies, and your memorials
for your sacrifices by the sons of Levi, and for your oracles in your most holy places,
wherein you receive conversations….’ This is a place of revelation and you are given
the means of revelation. ‘…and your statutes and judgments,’ and note, ‘for the beginning
of the revelations and foundation of Zion, and for the glory, honor, and endowment of
all her municipals, are ordained by the ordinance of my holy house, which my people are always
commanded to build unto my holy name.’ Now, what is the Temple for? It’s the beginning
of the glory, honor and endowment ‘of all her municipals. What are ‘municipals’? They
are the buildings and the surrounding things in which we live and administer. The design
is that Zion will be glorified, and that glory will not only be in people, the buildings
will be glorified; the trees will be glorified, the grass will be glorified, the beauty of
the flowers will be glorified. The endowment of glory will rest on Zion and all her municipals
and all her environs. The beginning of this is the Temple of the Lord, that’s where it
comes from, that’s where it has its basis. We talk about the second coming and the earth
being renewed to its paradisiacal glory. It is true that at the opening of the Millennium,
the great world appearance of Christ, that he comes in glory and the veil will be taken
off and all flesh will see him, and the wicked will be consumed and the earth will be purified
by the power of that glory and spirit, but it is also true–and this we sometimes don’t
consider and think about–it’s also true that the glory that prevails in the Millennium
after Christ’s coming, will be that glory which is built up and manifest through the
Temples of the Lord that are built up throughout the earth, where the Saints are endowed with
glory. As the Lord says in Section 124, verse 39, it will be through Temple ordinances.
When the Lord endows his Saints with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, he will
do it through the Temple and its program. Now, that’s how important the Temple is.
So it’s important that we see that and we get an orientation on Zion. How does Zion
differ from Mount Zion? Zion is established upon her Mount, and what is her Mount? It’s
the Temple, it’s the covenants of the Temple, it’s the sealing powers, it’s fulness of priesthood,
it’s becoming Kings and Priests. It’s that Holy Order of the House of the Lord, by which
and through which we are sanctified. And then the
Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 17 covenants that are the foundation, including
the covenant of consecration, which is one of the sacred covenants of the Melchizedek
priesthood. When we have been through the Temple and received
that, our next step is to go to the Bishop and say, ‘I’m ready to consecrate now, in
actual fact.’ When we are ready to do that and build a Zion society and really become
serious and really get the job done and sanctify our lives as we meet together and counsel
each other and teach and talk and minister to each other, and we finally become a sanctified
people where the Lord can then place the sealing powers upon his people and then endow them
with glory, then we’ll be somewhere near ready for the second coming. Then we’ll be somewhere
near ready. That’s the job that we have to do.
As we talk about Zion, then, just keep in mind that this is the way we are to come unto
God, to be sanctified and partake of Christ’s glory. Let me just suggest that you take a
look at Section 45 for a minute, verse 8-15, where the Lord has some important things to
say. He says, in verse 8: ‘I came unto mine own and mine own received me not; but unto
as many as received me gave I power to do many miracles, and to become the sons of God.’
Now, apply that to me. Do I have power to do many miracles and become the son of God?
If I’ve come in the right way, I should, not that I’m so great, but that the Lord is in
me. It isn’t that there are any great, big personalities in the Church, there are none
of us who are great. But there are people who have the gifts of the Spirit. There are
people to whom the Lord has given insights in various things. And when we meet together,
recognizing our dependence upon him, then we share those gifts and we apply ourselves
on the principle of true brotherhood. And on that basis we become a Zion people.
Now, early in this dispensation, one of the great revelations of modern scripture, beginning
with the Book of Mormon, was the fact that the New Jerusalem will be built in America.
The old Pilgrim and Puritan fathers suspected that. I can show you statement after statement
among those early brethren where they talked about the building of a New Jerusalem in America.
And that’s an interesting thing. When they came over here, they came here not just to
find a new land, they came here to establish a New Jerusalem.
One important thing, though, that the Book of Mormon tells us about, is that the New
Jerusalem would be built in America. Here in Ether
Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 18 13–Ether, that great prophet of the Jaredite
nation, makes some very important disclosures concerning what the Lord had shown him about
it. In verse 4, Moroni writes of Ether saying, ‘Behold, Ether saw the days of Christ, and
he spake concerning a New Jerusalem upon this land. And he spake also concerning the house
of Israel, and the Jerusalem from whence Lehi should come–after it should be destroyed
it should be built up again, a holy city unto the Lord; wherefore, it could not be a new
Jerusalem, for it had been in a time of old; but it should be built up again, and become
a holy city of the Lord; and it should be built unto the house of Israel. And that a
New Jerusalem should be built upon this land, unto the remnant of the seed of Joseph, for
which things there has been a type.’ Then he gives this illustration, ‘Whereas
Joseph brought his father down into the land of Egypt, even so he died there. Wherefore,
the Lord brought a remnant of the seed of Joseph out of the land of Jerusalem, that
he might be merciful unto the seed of Joseph, that they should perish not, even as he was
merciful unto the father of Joseph that he should perish not. Wherefore, the remnant
of the house of Joseph shall be built upon this land; and it shall be a land of their
inheritance; and they shall build up a holy city unto the Lord, like unto the Jerusalem
of old; and they shall no more be confounded, until the end come when the earth shall pass
away.’ Now, when people read the Book of Mormon,
they knew that the New Jerusalem would be built here. Then you read in 3 Nephi 20, where
the Savior confirms this as he ministers among the Nephites. He says here in 3 Nephi 20:22,
‘And behold, this people will I establish in this land, unto the fulfilling of the covenant
which I made with your father Jacob; and it shall be a New Jerusalem. And the powers of
heaven shall be in the midst of this people; yea, even I will be in the midst of you.’
See, that’s where Christ is among the Saints in the New Jerusalem. And this is prior to
his coming in glory. So they knew that. Knowing that, then, there
were a lot of people who had some special interest in it. The question was, if it was
going to be built in America–where? Where in America? It was right at this point that
this good brother, Hyrum Page, whom we’ve talked about the last hour or so, who had
this seer stone that he found and was looking through it and getting revelations, began
to reveal to the Saints many things, as he supposed, concerning the New Jerusalem. And
he had a ready audience, because the Book of Mormon said it
Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 19 was going to be built here. And here, now,
is a prophet who has been raised up and he’s going to tell us all about it!
Oliver Cowdery got led astray by it, and the Lord had to straighten things out. Here in
Section 28, the Lord under these circumstances gives us the first intimation as to where
the New Jerusalem will be built. Note what he says in verse 9: ‘And now behold, I say
unto you that it is not revealed, and no man knoweth,’ particularly Hyrum Page! ‘where
the city of Zion shall be built. But it shall be given hereafter.’ Here’s the clue: ‘Behold,
I say unto you that it shall be on the borders by the Lamanites.’
What did that term mean to people in that day? What was the western border of the United
States? It was the Mississippi River, was it not, on down through there? The Lamanites
is the ‘territory westward.’ So he says, ‘Behold, it shall be on the borders by the Lamanites’–not
over into Lamanite territory, but right next to the border. With that in mind, then, the
Prophet Joseph Smith commissioned Oliver Cowdery, and Peter Whitmer, Jr., Parley P. Pratt, Richard
Ziba Peterson, to go on what we call in Church history, the ‘Lamanite mission.’ They had
two purposes. One was to teach the gospel to the Lamanites. The second purpose was to
do the spade work for the establishment or the designation of the New Jerusalem. They
went forth to do that work. So as a result of their mission, they headed
west. They went on up into New York, met some Indian people down there, dropped down into
the area of Kirtland and planted the gospel there. A phenomenal conversion took place.
There were several who were baptized, and before they left, it numbered well over a
hundred and continued on to where it goes into the thousands in that and the surrounding
areas. Then they went on down to a little outpost
town called Independence, in Jackson County, Missouri. Independence was the outfitting
place where you kind of jumped off into Indian territory. If you wanted to go to Santa Fe,
you went to Independence and got yourself outfitted. That was also the outfitting place
for the fur traders, and it was the point where fur traders converged and sold their
wares. It was a little frontier situation, and these brethren went down there.
They did the basic work to identify the place. They started teaching the gospel to the Indians
until the Indian agent shut them off. Finally, they sent word back to the Prophet Joseph
Smith, and in the spring of Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 20
1831, he and a group of brethren with him, went down to Jackson County. And in Section
57, which was received on July 20, 1831, they were told specifically where the center place
of Zion should be. Verse 2: ‘Wherefore, this is the land of promise, and the place for
the city of Zion. And thus saith the Lord your God, if you will receive wisdom here
is wisdom. Behold, the place which is now called Independence is the center place.’
Zion is like unto a tent. It has a center place. And then it has supporting stakes around
about. That center place is an administrative hub. There is a High Council in Zion, which
when it was organized in 1834, the summer of ’34, was considered to be a general authority
body. And when it is going to be reorganized when the New Jerusalem is established, or
the center place of the New Jerusalem, then it will be another body of brethren with its
center in the center place of Zion, with administrative authority in all the stakes of Zion round
about. And it will be that kind of program. That is what the Lord designates. He says,
‘And a spot for the temple is lying westward, upon a lot which is not far from the court-
house.’ Having that designation, then the Lord gave another revelation, here in Section
58, in which he makes it clear that the redemption of Zion was not to be immediate in his understanding
of things. Note how he puts it in verse 3 beginning: ‘Ye cannot behold with your natural
eyes, for the present time’–and keep in mind that the date of this is August 1, 1831. The
Prophet never dedicated the land of Zion until August 2nd, and the Temple of Zion on August
3rd. So this revelation was given before there was any commitment in regard to the center
place, or in regard to the Temple that was to be built there. Now note what the Lord
says: ‘Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes for
the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and
the glory which shall follow after much tribulation.’ Now, the ‘glory’ has reference to the cloud
by day, the pillar of fire by night. ‘Much tribulation’ has reference to what? To the
whole scenario of being run from Jackson County into northern Missouri, and out of Missouri
westward and whatever else it will entail, the tribulation that will come to the Saints,
until we finally get a body of Latter-day Saints who are truly prepared to build the
New Jerusalem. And after Zion has been cleansed and the righteous
remnant has been brought out by the circumstances of that cleansing, then you’ll
Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 21 have a body of people where the Lord’s vision
here can be fulfilled. He goes on in verse 4 and says:
‘For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore, the day cometh that ye shall be
crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand. Remember this, which
I tell you before, that you may lay it to heart, and receive that which is to follow.’
The Prophet later, after they had been run out of Missouri, refers back to that. He says,
‘Now, the Lord told us about this. Lay this to heart.’ Then the Lord says, ‘Remember this,
which I tell you before, that you may lay it to heart, and receive that which is to
follow. Behold, verily I say unto you, for this cause I have sent you.’ Then he identifies
five major reasons why he has sent these brethren down.
Number one: That you may be obedient. And that’s always a good one.
Number two: That your hearts might be prepared to bear testimony of the things which are
to come, both in the sense of glory and in the sense of judgments which he warned them
about. Number three: That you might be honored in
laying the foundation, and in bearing record of the land upon which the Zion of God shall
stand. He didn’t say that you’ll be honored in building it, he says you will be honored
in laying the foundation and bearing record of the land.
Number four: [Verse 8] And also that a feast of fat things might be prepared for the poor;
yea, a feast of fat things, of wine on the lees well refined, that the earth may know
that the mouths of the prophets shall not fail.’ Now, this ‘feast of fat things’ is
the Zion order and the Zion society. It is symbolic also of the marriage feast of the
Lord and has reference to both. He goes on and says, ‘Yea, a supper of the
house of the Lord, well prepared, unto which all nations shall be invited. First, the rich
and the learned, the wise and the noble.’ And that has reference to the Gentile nations
in their time of power and glory. Then he says, ‘After that cometh the day of my power.’
As the Lord says in Section 90, ‘In the day of the Lord’s power,’ and it’s going to be
a day of power, and we’ll talk about that in the discussions tonight and tomorrow and
Saturday evening. He says, ‘Then shall the poor, the lame, and
the blind, and the deaf, come in unto the marriage of the Lamb.’ See, this is the gathering
of Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 22
scattered Israel. Number five: And that the testimony might
go forth from Zion, yea, from the mouth of the city of the heritage of God.’
So the Lord designated the center place and he also laid the foundation prophetically
of what was going to happen thereafter in the way of judgments and cleansing and preparatory
actions. Let’s leave it at this point. Let me just say again that in order to establish
this program, the way to Zion is the way of the gospel. And it’s the way of the Temple.
It’s the way of the Sermon on the Mount. It’s the way that leads us to be Kings and Priests
unto God and to rule and reign with him in the eternal House of Israel. When we get that
order built up, then we’ll have Zion, because that’s the end result
of that order, to build, and Christ is the great King of Zion. He is the Lord and the
God of Zion. And Zion is the thing that he thinks to be most precious in his mind, aside
from his children. It ranks on a par even with the sacredness of his children, because
it’s only when you get Zion that you get everything else that’s worthwhile. That’s why Isaiah
was so infatuated with Zion. He knew that when Zion was established, Israel would be
gathered. He knew that when Zion was established, peace would be established in the earth and
the lamb would lie down with the lion. He knew that when Zion was established, the Lord
would reign. He knew that when Zion was established, the earth would be renewed to its glory and
its power. He knew all those things were conditional
upon Zion, so Zion is the great thing that the Lord loves. He is the God of Zion, and
he loves Zion, and it is his desire to build it. May the Lord bless us, my brothers and
sisters, that we might grasp a little of that vision and that love in our lives and do it,
and then share with the Lord in the joy that he has and the reward that he has with him
for those who build Zion, I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.
Questions and Answers Question: Is Zion a society of people who
have all received sanctification? Answer: Yes.
Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 23 Question: What kind of earthly employment
would you expect a sanctified person to be engaged in?
Answer: The employment of Zion isn’t something that is foreign to us. Rather, it is the infusion
of God’s law and of his truth and his spiritual power into what we do. That includes every
profession, including lawyers. It does, it includes every profession. It’s the sanctification
of every profession. But not only do we have to be sanctified, we have to sanctify our
professions. And there’s more as we’ve hinted here already that needs to be sanctified more
than others. Question: Who are the 144,000 who will be
with Christ? Will any of them be Saints not born of parents in the Church?
Answer: These people will be men who–and they won’t be limited just to this dispensation–there
will be those from past dispensations, and there will be those from earlier times in
this dispensation, who will be raised up and who will administer this last great program
of the gathering of the righteous. This gathering won’t be just the converting of them and gathering
them to Utah or Arizona or somewhere in western America. This gathering is to the Temple,
to the Holy of Holies, to the fulness of priesthood, to the endowment of glory. It’s that gathering.
And they perform that work. And then when Christ comes in his glory, the
only people who are going to be caught up to meet him, the only people caught up to
meet him in the clouds of Heaven, will be the church of the Firstborn. He’s not going
to have a bunch of Gentile Saints caught up here, we’d all be burned like bedbugs in a
bonfire. I mean, he is going to gather the church of the Firstborn. Read Section 78,
it tells us that. There will be those who ‘abide the day of
his coming.’ The heathen nations will. They won’t be burned. The telestial elements, the
corrupt elements, they will be consumed. But others will ‘abide’ the day. But those who
will be caught up with him in the clouds will be those who have been sanctified and who
have been brought in to the church of the Firstborn through the ministry of the 144,000.
There’s a lot more to it than that. I may get to it if we have a little time later.
Question: Will there be more than one who will lead the 144,000, such as Christ himself,
or will he commission one in mortal form to play a part in the building.
Answer: If you understand the book of Revelation, you’ll understand that John the Revelator
will have a role in this. So also will the four
Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 24 great gospel angels who have restored the
gospel in earlier times. I refer to Peter, Moses, Elias and Elijah. They will have a
role to play in this work. But also there will be a living prophet on earth. The divine
beings and eternal beings will communicate and carry out work through the living prophet..
Question: Are the 144,000 couples, or priesthood holders only?
Andrus. The answer is yes, they have to have fulness of priesthood, and each of them will
have a beautiful wife who will play a part in that. I want you sisters to know that.
We get the idea that the only way you can hold the priesthood is to hold your hubby!
I counsel you to do that. But anyone who has been to the Temple knows that women administer
in priesthood ordinances. In the Church, you do not. But in the Temple
and in the Zion order, women do hold and administer priesthood rites, ‘in connection’ as Joseph
Smith put the term, ‘in connection with their husbands.’ That’s true of the 144,000.
Question: Is 144,000 an absolute figure, or is it figurative. If absolute, why continue
to enlarge the Church? Answer: Well, I want to get in there, first
of all! I don’t know whether it’s absolute. All we have is the general statement on it.
But if you read Revelation, chapter 7, you have the 144,000 ‘and with them a huge multitude
that no man can number.’ So these are the brethren who hold the keys to develop the
program, and there are others who receive the benefits and powers related to that program
and are a part of it. So yes, you can enlarge the Church, although you may not be a member
of the 144,000 per se. Question: If these pure men are called to
be of the 144,000 and are married, wouldn’t their wives also have that calling with them?
Answer: The answer is yes, in a sense. Now don’t–see, again we’re dealing with the Temple,
and do righteous women administer ordinances in relation to the Temple? If you know the
answer to that, you know the answer to what he’s talking about here.
Question: And if so, does the 144,000 include the wives. Or is the 144,000 just priesthood?
Answer: The 144,000 are priesthood holders, but there is a marriage relationship there.
Their wives are an addition to that number. If you are just talking about bodies, yes
there’s more than 144,000 bodies. Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 25
Question: Are there presently persons or groups who have consecrated their belongings to the
Church and are living as Zion people? Answer: In the formal sense that the law of
consecration is applied, the answer is no, not that I know of. You might have some of
the General Authorities who give full time and that kind of thing, and you might consider
them as being pretty close to it, but not in the sense of implementing the law as we
know it. Question: Will Zion be established prior to
the holocaust, or will the people who are protected under the cloud of glory go to establish
Zion following the holocaust? Answer: Zion will be cleansed and purified
during the holocaust, and there will be those of the Saints who will perish physically.
But then those who remain and abide and endure, this will be the righteous element.
Question: During the Millennium, will the land be level or flat, with the absence of
mountains? Answer: The answer is no. The mountains will
be leveled and the valleys will be exalted. The Lord wasn’t born in Kansas! He is a mountain
Man! He is! And he’s not just going to put everything down to table level, believe me.
Yes, there will be mountains that will be leveled, and there will be valleys that will
be exalted. You just kind of turn things around. But you are going to have some beautiful scenery
in the Millennium. Question: During the Millennium, as resurrected
beings will we spend the thousand years doing the Temple work for the living and the dead?
Answer: No resurrected being will minister in the Temple; you have to have living people
in mortality doing that. Question: Will we raise the children who die
as youngsters? Answer: Yes, women who lose their children,
if they are worthy, will have those children resurrected to the same stature of the physical
being they were when they were laid in the grave. And they will have the privilege and
opportunity of raising those children in the Millennial society.
Question: Do we need to live the law of consecration in its fulness before Christ comes?
Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 26 Answer: The answer is yes.
Question: Will the Lamanites and/or Nephites whose land this land is, their inheritance,
lead the building of the New Jerusalem? How does Ephraim be involved in that great work?
Answer: The answer to that is that the Lord has given this land, not merely to the Lamanites
and the Indian people. He brought the Pilgrims here; he brought the Puritans here; he established
the great Constitution of this land. He gave it to our fathers as much as he gave it to
any of those people. The fact is that their fathers apostatized from the program. Therefore,
they rejected the initial offer of gift to them, and while they are still here in bodies,
the Lord has given this land to others. These others are richly impregnated physically with
the blood of Israel, and they have just as much right to this choice land by blood as
any of the children of Lehi. In fact, there are many among them who have much more right
by blood than do the seed of Lehi. So when, if you read the Lord’s appointments,
the land in and around the New Jerusalem is given to the Saints, it’s given to Ephraim.
The Indian people as a people will not inherit that land. Instead, they will receive their
endowments, their blessings, their gospel, and they’ll go back to their own lands and
will build up Zion in their midst. Some of them may live, yes, in and around the center
place of Zion. The idea that the Indian people are going
to build the New Jerusalem is a misinterpretation of 3 Nephi 21. The Lord says there that the
converted Gentiles, and he’s talking of Gentiles who are Gentiles purely by blood, will assist
two groups–the remnant of Jacob, the Indian people, and others of the House of Israel.
If you read Section 133, you’ll find that the Lord talks about the redemption of Zion
and the blessings that come from it, and he says this. The ten tribes will come to Zion,
‘And there shall they fall down and be crowned with glory.’
They are not going to be converted to the gospel at that time, they’ve already got that,
they are going to be ‘crowned with glory’–receive those ultimate and final ordinances. He says,
‘…even in Zion, by the hands of the servants of the Lord, even the children of Ephraim.’
Ephraim is going to give them those endowments of glory after we’ve gotten on the stick and
gotten them ourselves. Then he says, ‘And they shall be filled with
songs of everlasting joy. Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 27
Behold, this is the blessing of the everlasting God upon the tribes of Israel, and the richer
blessing upon the head of Ephraim and his fellows.’ Now, why the ‘richer blessing’?
Not because of favoritism but because Ephraim has borne the heat of the day. It was Ephraim
that went through the refiner’s fire. It was Ephraim, the group at last, the righteous
remnant, that came out of that refiner’s fire and had the endowments of the Spirit, the
cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night. And they went and established the New Jerusalem.
In the meantime, at that time there will be a great conversion of the Indian people, and
they will participate. And properly understood, that statement in 3 Nephi 21 means that the
converted Gentiles who are pure Gentiles in blood, will assist the Lamanites who will
assist those who hold the keys; namely, Ephraim. And the idea that we’re going to give the
New Jerusalem program to the Indian people and they are going to do it, is simply a rank
misconception of the greatest order! And we see that expressed in a distortion of it so
many times, but it simply is not true; there is nothing to bear that out.
Question: What is meant by the name of the Father ‘written in their foreheads’ in connection
with the 144,000? Answer: In the Teachings, page 321, the Prophet
Joseph Smith deals with that, and he says this: ‘Four destroying angels holding power
over the four quarters of the earth until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads,
which signifies,’ and here’s what it means, ‘sealing the blessing upon their heads,’ and
that is the Temple blessings, including fulness of priesthood and the sealing powers, ‘meaning
the everlasting covenant, thereby making their calling and election sure.’ So that term has
to do with sealing the powers, the attributes, the authority of the Father in their foreheads
through the sacred sealing ordinances of the Temple.
Question: In the Temple, when we make covenants, haven’t we made covenants that are part of
the covenants of the church of the Firstborn? Answer: The answer is yes. The Temple is there
to build up–read the Teachings, page 237 on that one, if you have it.
Question: Please clarify Moses 7:16 in relation to Ether 3:15.
Answer: Well, let’s get to Moses 7:16: ‘And from that time forth there were wars and bloodshed
among them; but the Lord came and dwelt with his people, and they dwelt in righteousness.’
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‘And never have I showed myself unto man whom I have created, for never has man believed
in me as thou hast.’ This is the Lord to the brother of Jared, and that’s the chapter that
concerns it. I see the idea. I think what he’s getting to is if the Lord
dwelt among them, then how can he say to Ether who lived later that, ‘Never have I shown
myself unto man…for never has man believed in me as thou hast.’ That’s always been a
problem passage, but it doesn’t say it doesn’t have an answer, because it does.
Let me just put it this way: The brother of Jared experience–see, Christ manifests himself
both as the Father and as the Son. And at times jointly, both in a dual capacity. When
he manifested himself unto Enoch, he manifested himself as in the office, power and capacity
of the Father. The first time. Then he revealed himself to be the Son. The first time that
he manifested himself in the office, power and capacity of the Son and then revealed
himself that he was also the Father, was with the brother of Jared. When he says, ‘Never
have I,’ the Son, ‘shown myself unto man whom I have created, for never has man believed
in me as thou hast.’ The brother of Jared not only wanted to see
him, but he saw his finger and he saw a finger that he thought was flesh. What he saw was
a visual portrayal of the finger of Christ as though he were living in the flesh. So
he explains, ‘Behold, this body, which ye now behold, is the body of my spirit; and
man have I created after the body of my spirit; and even as I appear unto thee to be in the
spirit will I appear unto my people in the flesh.’ Then Moroni says:
‘And now, as I, Moroni, said I could not make a full account of these things which are written.
Therefore it sufficeth me to say that Jesus showed himself unto this man in the spirit,’
and now note, ‘even after the manner and in the likeness of the same body even as he showed
himself unto the Nephites.’ It wasn’t just that he saw him as spirit, he saw him as he
would appear among the Nephites. This, then, was his role as the Son. Then that Being who
made that disclosure of himself, not just as a spirit personage, but as he would be
on earth and as he would manifest himself in the resurrection to the Nephites, that
Being who portrayed to the brother of Jared that vision of those things, then revealed
that he was also the Father. This is the first time that that kind of revelation
had been given, not Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 29
that he had never appeared to man before, because the Lord appeared to Adam in the valley
of Adam-ondi-Ahman. Question: Did Father Adam have Temples? Answer:
The answer is yes. Question: Recently I heard a rumor that in
Salt Lake City or Provo that a sermon said all 144,000 will be chosen from Ephraim and
not from any other tribe. Answer: Well, that’s contrary to scripture.
Revelation 7 makes it clear that they are chosen from all the tribes of Israel.
Question: If one will not take up a sword against his neighbor but must flee to Zion,
is it a single place or still the pure in heart, wherever they are?
Answer: Read the Teachings, page 160, where the Prophet talks about that. He says this:
‘There will be here and there a stake of Zion for the gathering of the Saints. Some may
have cried peace, but the Saints and the world will have little peace from henceforth. Let
this not hinder us from going to the stakes…There your children shall be blessed, and you in
the midst of friends where you may be blessed.’ Let me just put it this way: The New Jerusalem
isn’t just a city in Jackson County. That’s the center place of the New Jerusalem, that’s
the city of Zion. The New Jerusalem is a complex of cities of 15,000 to 20,000 each in size,
beginning with the Appalachian Mountains in the east, and extending to the Pacific in
the west, with no north or south boundary. That’s how Joseph Smith was given to understand
it in a revelation he received in the fall of 1830, which unfortunately was lost, but
we have some references to it from some of the correspondence of the day.
So the New Jerusalem is a complex of cities. When you talk about building the New Jerusalem,
you’re not just talking about building a particular place.
Question: Comment more about ‘opens up the onslaught of the adversary against the individual.’
Answer: Well, I don’t know that anything more really needs to be said on that. It’s like
Brigham Young said, and this is the Journal of Discourses, vol. 3, page 205, if you have
a set at home, ‘Does the Lord allow the adversary greater onslaught on the Saints by their
Lecture ‘ 4 The Idea of Zion 30 having revelations, than by their not having
revelations? Yes, he does.’ One illustration of it will be, as you read the power of the
adversary in the book of Revelation, when he calls down fire from Heaven and all of
that. That will be after Zion is endowed with glory and the adversary will be permitted
commensurate power in opposition to that. It’s that kind of opposition that will centralize
finally in that last great battle of Gog and Magog. There are two battles of Gog and Magog,
one before the Millennium and one after it. But the last great battle after the Millennial
period, when you really have a power situation. The adversary will have the right by the principle
of opposition, if I can put it that way, to manifest a commensurate power against the
righteous to that which they have received and been endowed with during the Millennial
period. It’s going to be a real blast, that one is, really.
Well, that runs out of it, except for maybe one or two that might not be appropriate to
answer. We’ll see you at 7:00. Thank you very much. I appreciate your endurance to the end.
We’ll see you then.

 

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