quotes tagged with 'zion'

Lesson number one for the establishment of Zion in the 21st century: You never "check your religion at the door." Not ever. My young friends, that kind of discipleship cannot be—it isn't discipleship at all.

Author: Jeffery R. Holland, Source: CES Devotional 2012Saved by jarvie in religion duty disciple consistency hypocrisy discipleship zion 7 years ago[save this] [permalink]

"We shall prosper and build up Zion upon the earth; for this is our mission, and the work of your mothers and daughters of Zion—the mothers now, and by and by the daughters, who will, in turn, be mothers in Israel. Great responsibility rests upon you. Upon you depend the training and the direction of the thoughts and the inspiration of the hearts of your children, for they drink into the spirit of their mothers, and the influence of the mother over the children is the most enduring impression that can be made. There is nothing so imperishable as the influence of the mother; that is when she is good and has the spirit of the Gospel in her heart, and she has brought up her children in the way they should go."

Author: Joseph F. Smith, Source: Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith [1998], 33Saved by dyejo in influence responsibility children mothers zion daughters 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Our mission in life, as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, must be a mission of saving. . . .


If we are to build that Zion of which the prophets have spoken and of which the Lord has given mighty promise, we must set aside our consuming selfishness. We must rise above our love for comfort and ease, and in the very process of effort and struggle, even in our extremity, we shall become better acquainted with our God.

Author: President Gordon B. Hinckley, Source: http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db0...Saved by mlsscaress in jesuschrist mission zion selfless personalministry 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The miracle of unity is being granted to us as we pray and work for it in the Lord’s way. Our hearts will be knit together in unity. God has promised that blessing to His faithful Saints whatever their differences in background and whatever conflict rages around them. He was praying for us as well as His disciples when He asked His Father that we might be one.


The reason that we pray and ask for that blessing is the same reason the Father is granting it. We know from experience that joy comes when we are blessed with unity. We yearn, as spirit children of our Heavenly Father, for that joy which we once had with Him in the life before this one. His desire is to grant us that sacred wish for unity out of His love for us.


He cannot grant it to us as individuals. The joy of unity He wants so much to give us is not solitary. We must seek it and qualify for it with others. It is not surprising then that God urges us to gather so that He can bless us. He wants us to gather into families. He has established classes, wards, and branches and commanded us to meet together often. In those gatherings, which God has designed for us, lies our great opportunity. We can pray and work for the unity that will bring us joy and multiply our power to serve.

Author: President Henry B. Eyring , Source: http://lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-947-21,00.h...Saved by mlsscaress in individual unity zion one group condition gather supplicate 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

We control the disposition of our means and resources, but we account to God for this stewardship over earthly things. It is gratifying to witness your generosity as you contribute to fast offerings and humanitarian projects. Over the years, the suffering of millions has been alleviated, and countless others have been enabled to help themselves through the generosity of the Saints. Nevertheless, as we pursue the cause of Zion, each of us should prayerfully consider whether we are doing what we should and all that we should in the Lord's eyes with respect to the poor and the needy.


We might ask ourselves, living as many of us do in societies that worship possessions and pleasures, whether we are remaining aloof from covetousness and the lust to acquire more and more of this world's goods. Materialism is just one more manifestation of the idolatry and pride that characterize Babylon. Perhaps we can learn to be content with what is sufficient for our needs.

Author: Elder D. Todd Christofferson , Source: http://lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-947-13,00.h...Saved by mlsscaress in pride poor materialism prayer zion needs possessions stewardship resources idolatry contribute needy wants means account pleasures covet 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The Savior was critical of some of the early Saints for their "lustful . . . desires" (D&C 101:6; see also D&C 88:121). These were people who lived in a non-television, non-film, non-Internet, non-iPod world. In a world now awash in sexualized images and music, are we free from lustful desires and their attendant evils? Far from pushing the limits of modest dress or indulging in the vicarious immorality of pornography, we are to hunger and thirst after righteousness. To come to Zion, it is not enough for you or me to be somewhat less wicked than others. We are to become not only good but holy men and women. Recalling Elder Neal A. Maxwell's phrase, let us once and for all establish our residence in Zion and give up the summer cottage in Babylon

Author: Elder D. Todd Christofferson , Source: http://lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-947-13,00.h...Saved by mlsscaress in sacrifice desires hunger zion limits holiness consecrate thirst enough 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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.

Author: Elder D. Todd Christofferson , Source: http://lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-947-13,00.h...Saved by mlsscaress in mind standard heart unity zion people holiness condition collectively individually 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]

BYU is not Zion. Not yet. It is Zion’s university—and it is under construction. It is a work in progress. However—and this is the core of my remarks today—here at BYU it is not an academic program or an athletic program or even a missionary or leadership program that is under construction. It is you. You and I are the whole point of it.

Author: Monte R. Swain, Source: http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=12337Saved by richardkmiller in progress work zion byu 11 years ago[save this] [permalink]
…for without Zion, and a place of deliverance, we must fall; because the time is near when the sun will be darkened, and the moon turn to blood, and the stars fall from the heaven, and the earth reel to and fro.

Then, if this is the case, and if we are not sanctified and gathered to the places God has appointed, with all our former professions and our great love for the Bible, we must fall; we cannot stand; we cannot be saved; for God will gather out his Saints from the Gentiles, and then comes desolation and destruction, and none can escape except the pure in heart who are gathered.
Author: Joseph Smith, Jr., Source: Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p .71Saved by cboyack in destruction deliverance zion callout gathering 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The irony of this is that, although we may make a difference in the lives of those we help, we who give charitable service are often the ones who benefit the most. When we sacrifice our time, talents, and resources for the sake of others, we refine our character and thereby become more fit for the kingdom. The Savior said the poor would always be with us (see John 12:8). And it is a good thing too because we cannot become exalted without them. We need the poor as much as the poor need us.
Author: Joseph B. Wirthlin, Source: “Two Guiding Lights,” Ensign, Aug 2007, 64–69Saved by ritchieheber in sacrifice poor service charity zion exaltation 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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