From Zion to Destruction: The Lessons of 4 Nephi
Book of Mormon, 4th Nephi, Zion
It seems the Lord uses every tool and technique at His disposal—scriptures, living prophets, and temples—to teach us that He wants (and has always wanted) His covenant people to be moving toward establishment of Zion. For example, the tenth article of faith reaffirms our belief that Zion will be built, again, on the American continent, and the Prophet Joseph Smith stated that “we ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object.”1 In 1829, before the Church was organized, the Lord gave this counsel to Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, Hyrum Smith, Joseph Knight, and David Whitmer: “Keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion” (D&C 6:6; D&C 11:6; D&C 12:6; see also D&C 14:6).
Original Publication Citation
“From Zion to Destruction: The Lessons of 4 Nephi” in The Ensign. Vol. 30. No. 9 (September 2000), pp. 56-61.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Skinner, Andrew C., "From Zion to Destruction: The Lessons of 4 Nephi" (2000). Faculty Publications. 3472.
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