two faces of pride
If we are truly interested in fleeing Babylon and building Zion, we need to thoroughly understand the similarities and differences between pride, which moves society towards Babylon, and humility, which is the stepping stone to Zion. Pondering President Benson's landmark talk, "Beware of Pride", it becomes clear that both pride and humility have two main components: how we relate...
pride
Along our journey here in this column, we came to conclude that: 1. “Babylon” is any culture that has incorporated pride-based beliefs and customs into its social organizations, such as families, schools, businesses, and government, 2. “Zion” is any culture that institutionalizes humility-based beliefs and customs into its social organizations, and 3. If we want to 'flee Babylon' and 'build Zion' we...
zion culture
The ideas shared here opened my eyes to see Babylon and Zion much more clearly and helped me better understand how to move from the former to the latter. In his General Conference talk in April 2006, Elder David R. Stone of Second Quorum of the Seventy took a good portion of his talk to explain how the culture that...
humility
Before exploring something both Babylon and Zion have in common, let's take an even closer look at two conclusions we came to in a previous column: “Pride is the stepping stone to Babylon” and “Humility is the stepping stone to Zion”. How can pride lead to Babylon and humility to Zion? Imagine wearing a pair of glasses. The left lens...
By Jesse Fisher As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we are under covenant with God to establish Zion. We are also under divine direction to flee Babylon (D&C 133:12-15). If you need to journey from point A to point B, before you can successfully navigate between them you need to determine two things. First, you...
babylon and zion
By Jesse Fisher Although it doesn’t appear to have helped my career much, studying Mathematics at BYU did actually benefit me — I learned deductive reasoning. “If all frogs are green” and “Johnny has a frog”, then we can deduce “Johnny’s frog must be green”. Simple logic. Now let’s apply the same deductive reasoning to the topic of this column, Zion,...
zions timing
There are several statements by members of the Seventy and by one apostle that all indicate that Zion is to be built by the Saints before Christ returns. Here is one: "The establishment of Zion should be the aim of every member of this Church…. Latter-day Saints conscientiously strive to bring forth Zion... preparatory to the Lord’s Second Coming." (Elder...
zion
Early LDS leaders taught that the New Jerusalem Zion would be built before Christ makes his triumphant return. Some of us (or our children) will be called upon to assist in building the New Jerusalem Zion society. Will we be ready? What can we do to better prepare ourselves and our posterity for that honor? It proved an insurmountable challenge...
co-ops
Some may be unaware that early LDS leaders taught that co-operatives were a means of uniting the Saints economically and preparing them for their eventual return to build the New Jerusalem Zion. A great quote showing this was given by Elder George A. Smith in the October 1873 General Conference. He said, “We are looking forward to the day when...
zion myths
By Jesse Fisher In my decades as a member of the LDS Church, I have heard and read several myths about establishing Zion. Two through five are easily refuted by a casual reading of "Great Basin Kingdom" by Church Historian Leonard J. Arrington. Myth #1 – Building Zion is a spiritual task. This myth is half true. Building Zion does require spiritual...