Build Zion with love, hard work

The establishment of Zion should be the aim of every member of this Church, for by enlisting in Zion, Church members will find joys and blessings that will transform their personal lives, said Bishop Keith B. McMullin.

In Zion "the home is no longer a hotel but a place of peace, security and love," said the second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric. "Society itself changes. In Zion, contentions and disputations cease; class distinctions and hatreds disappear; no one is poor — spiritually or temporally; upheavals, idolatries and all manner of wickedness are no more."

Speaking Sunday afternoon, Bishop McMullin urged every member to, "Come to Zion! Come to Zion!"

All members around the world seem to face one universal challenge — having enough time to do everything that needs doing.

"As we seek with all our hearts to bring forth and establish Zion, the vexations of too little time will disappear," he said.

Zion is established and flourishes because of the God-inspired lives and labors of its citizens, said Bishop McMullin, speaking of the ancient prophet Enoch who labored to bring his people to this state of righteousness. "Zion comes not as a gift, but because virtuous covenant people are drawn together and build it."

Quoting President Spencer W. Kimball, Bishop McMullin said, "As we sing together 'Come to Zion," we mean come to the ward, the branch, the mission, the stake, and give assistance to build up Zion."

To better understand how to build Zion, Bishop McMullin addressed four foundational truths.

The first is love. "To love God more than anything else impels us to take control of our priorities, to order our lives so as to be in accord with Him," he said. "We come to love all of God's creations, including our fellowman. Placing God first in all things kindles greater love and devotion between husband and wife, parents and children."

Next is work, he continued. "Work is the source of happiness, self-esteem, and prosperity."

Bishop McMullin also spoke about self-reliance. "It is the harbinger of personal agency and security. This Church and its people are commanded by the Lord to be prepared, self-reliant and independent. . . .

"We are sons and daughters of God and truly dependent upon Him for all that we have. If we keep His commandments, He will never forsake us. But Heavenly Father does not do for us what we can and should do for ourselves. He expects us to use the means we receive of Him to care for ourselves and our families."

Last, he spoke on consecration. "The covenant of consecration encompasses sacrifice; circumscribes love, work and self-reliance; and is fundamental to the establishment of God's kingdom. . . .

"These principles of love, work, self-reliance, and consecration are God given. Those who embrace them, and govern themselves accordingly, become pure in heart. Righteous unity is the hallmark of their society."