|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.|
|SPENCER W. KIMBALL|
|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, not a people who are pure in appearance, rather a people who are pure in heart. Zion is to be in the world and not of the world, not dulled by a sense of carnal security, nor paralyzed by materialism. No, Zion is not things of the lower, but of the higher order, things that exalt the mind and sanctify the heart.|
|DEFINITION OF ZION|
|Most definitions of Zion are a state of being instead of a place, although there has been more than one physical location named Zion during the history of the world. "Zion is a name given by the Lord to his covenant people, who are characterized by purity of heart and faithfulness in caring for the poor, the needy, and |
the distressed." (See D&C 97:21.)
|The purpose of this community is for discussion between members of The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints on various topics, to find within fellowship, friendship, encouragement, knowledge, wisdom, purpose, understanding, and discussion among LDS and non-LDS alike. Questions pertaining to personal experience and the religion in general are welcome, but may recieve a referral to official sources when necessary. Non-LDS members are welcome to join, learn, share, and discuss in the spirit of friendship. We ask that everyone invited in leave the spirit of debate and contention outside.|
|The only guideline or rule we ask of members here is to behave Christlike at all times, and in all things. |
This community has moderated membership due to the large number of LDS communities who have experienced contention with open membership. Everyone will be admitted, but continued membership is contingent upon behavior within the community. Contention, or intent to cause contention will not be tolerated. Questions, are however, welcome in the spirit of learning.
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|PRINCIPLES OF ZION|
The measure of our love for our fellowman and, in a large sense, the measure of our love for the Lord, is what we do for one another and for the poor and distressed.
To serve is to humble oneself, to succor those in need of succor, and to impart of one’s “substance to the poor and the needy, feeding the hungry, and suffering all manner of afflictions, for Christ’s sake.” (Alma 4:13.)
Work brings happiness, self-esteem, and prosperity. It is the means of all accomplishment; it is the opposite of idleness. We are commanded to work. (See Gen. 3:19.)
The Church and its members are commanded by the Lord to be self-reliant and independent. (See D&C 78:13–14.)
Consecration is the giving of one’s time, talents, and means to care for those in need—whether spiritually or temporally—and in building the Lord’s kingdom. In welfare programs, members consecrate as they labor on production projects, share their professional talents, give a generous fast offering, and respond to ward and quorum service projects. They consecrate their time in their home or visiting teaching. We consecrate when we give of ourselves.
Each member of the Church has a sacred spiritual or temporal trust for which there is accountability. Because all things belong to the Lord, we are held responsible for how we lead our families and use our bodies, minds, and properties. (See D&C 104:11–15.)
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