Envy, Part 7

Being Zion

A Civilization That's Just an Idea, So Far

Zion does not yet exist in our mortal world. Nor does the New Jerusalem, which God will establish as a prelude to Zion. Why do these places—or, better put, environments—not yet exist here?

God alone can create the Zion of the dispensation of the fullness of times. No man can accomplish that task. It is solely His. (Pun intended.) The many mortal battles left to fight are among the wicked. Our battle is with whatever is keeping us from our integrity, virtue, and honor, like envy. Beware of men in white robes offering Zion to you. They want your envy as their reward for the counterfeit they deliver.

Envy Leads to Strife

We have enough strife in this world. Love God, one another, and be one, are the commands. Our Lord’s influence calms fears and doubts and teaches patience and faith. Let envy melt and drain away in the heat of Gospel light. Let Him lead to the still waters.

Practice holiness, meekness, and lowliness of heart:

"…wherefore, he must needs have charity. And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." (Moroni 7:44-45 LDS; Moroni 7:9 RE) 

You have the power to open the door where Christ waits. Open that door, and you will find Him there, with a reassuring and forgiving hug. Confidence before the Lord is better than envy.

"...and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion..." (LDS Jer 3:14; RE Jer 2:3)

"...this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: after those days, says the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts, and will be their God and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord — for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity and I will remember their sin no more." (LDS Jer 31:33-34; RE Jer 12:9)

The Zion of the last days is our Lord's to organize and execute. Our corresponding task requires oil in our lamps born from His law on our hearts and our resulting Christlike behavior and devotion. An easy task? Not hardly. Doable? Yes!

The choice, as always, is ours.


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