Ep80-Zion as the Sacred Society Reflecting Divine Love-Fire on the Horizon-Ch 6

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Zion as the Sacred Society Reflecting Divine Love

Nothing contributed more to the Mormon identity than the concept of, and hope for, Zion: a sacred place, a holy people, and a quality of heart and mind.

The model for this ideal social unity was the relationship between Enoch and God. Enoch walked with God and transformed his community into a society fit to also walk with God. The unity that characterized Enoch’s people was reflected in their unwillingness to allow any poor among them: “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). Zion was eventually translated and taken into God’s bosom. The unity of heart and mind among mortals translated into a union in the bosom of God.

Joseph Smith wanted the same unity that defined the relationship among the divine persons in the Godhead to extend to all human relationships.

How did it work?
Zion socialist?

The law of consecration apparently overestimated human nature—or at least the charity of the saints. As Brigham Young acknowledged, surplus was hard to come by:
“I was present at the time the revelation came from the brethren to give their surplus property into the hands of the Bishops for the building of Zion, but I never knew a man yet who had a dollar of surplus property. No matter how much one might [already] have, he wanted all he had for himself, for his children, for his grandchildren and so forth.”

Zion is a means of bringing about the theosis of God’s people, of creating a people that is holy as God is Holy—a people who are God’s. Zion is the perfect reflection of a society made over in God’s image, a flawless manifestation of God as a plurality of persons united as one agency in love.


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