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1 Come Unto Christ Elder Robert Giertz, July 2008 He receiveth of all people who Come unto Him  John 3:27 I.V.

2 A CASE STUDY FOR APPLYING the PRINCIPLES of “Come Unto Me” “ Come Ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men” – Mark 1:15 A CASE STUDY FOR APPLYING the PRINCIPLES of “Come Unto Me” COME UNTO ME COME UNTO HIM COME UNTO CHRIST COMETH UNTO ME

3 Relevant Word Searches Come Unto Me – 69 occurrences 37 BOM [16 of the 37 in 3 Nephi], 29 Bible, 3 D&C Come Unto Him – 20 occurrences 13 Bible, 7 BOM, 1 D&C Come Unto Christ – 5 occurrences 4 BOM, 1 D&C Cometh Unto Me – 5 occurrences 2 BOM, 2 D&C, 1 Bible

4 Promises Isaiah 55:3 & Matthew 11:29 The Promises & the Blessings Incline your ear, and Come Unto Me: hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Then spake Jesus, saying, Come Unto Me, and all ye that labor and are heavy laden, And I will give you rest.

5 1 Nephi 1:13; 3:28 & Omni 1:47 The Promise of Salvation Thou art merciful, Thou wilt not suffer those who Come unto Thee, that they should perish. And the way is prepared for all men from the foundation of the world, if it so be that they repent and Come unto Him. Yea, Come Unto Him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto Him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth, ye will be saved.

6 Alma 3:58 Promise of the fruit of the Tree of Life Yea, he saith, Come Unto Me and ye shall partake of the fruit of the tree of Life; yea, ye shall eat and drink of the bread and the waters of life freely;

7 Taking a Closer Look at COMING UNTO CHRIST Your Hearts Helaman 2:31

8 First be Reconciled 1 to thy brother — 3 Nephi 5:71-72 Therefore, if ye shall come unto Me, or shall desire to come unto Me, and rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee, Go thy way unto thy brother, and first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come unto Me with full purpose of heart, and I will receive thee. [See D&C 42:23; Matthew 18:15-17] Pahoron’s response to Moroni – Alma 28 Make certain that you know your brother’s heart before you censure him for iniquities you believe he has committed.

9 Genesis 6:53 And he also said unto him, If thou wilt, turn unto me and hearken unto my voice, and believe, and repent of all thy transgressions, and be baptized, even in water, in the name of mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of grace and truth, which is Jesus Christ, the only name which shall be given under heaven, whereby salvation shall come unto the children of men; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, asking all things in his name, and whatsoever ye shall ask it shall be given you. Gift 2 of the Holy Ghost

10 3 Nephi 12:33 Now this is the commandment, Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day. May Stand Spotless 3 before Me!

11 3 Nephi 14:3 And come unto me, and be baptized in my name, that ye may receive a remission of your sins, and be filled with the Holy Ghost, that ye may be numbered with my people, who are of the house of Israel. Numbered 4 Among My People!

12 Characteristics of “Being Numbered” (Moroni 7:44) But behold, my beloved brethren, I judge better things of you, for I judge that ye have faith in Christ because of your meekness; for if ye have not faith in him, then ye are not fit to be numbered among the people of his church. (Mosiah 11:141) Now I say unto you, Go; and whosoever will not repent of his sins, the same shall not be numbered among my people: and this shall be observed from this time forward.

13 Characteristics of “Being Numbered” (Mosiah 11:145) And those that would not confess their sins and repent of their iniquity, the same were not numbered among the people of the church, and their names were blotted out. (Moroni 6:8) And if they repented not, and confessed not, their names were blotted out, and they were not numbered among the people of Christ; but as oft as they repented, and sought forgiveness, with real intent, they were forgiven.

14 Characteristics of “Being Numbered” (Alma 3:99) And behold, their names shall be blotted out, that the names of the wicked shall not be numbered among the names of the righteous, that the word of God may be fulfilled, which saith, The names of the wicked shall not be mingled with the names of my people. (Alma 4:4) I mean those who were lifted up in the pride of their hearts; the same were rejected, and their names were blotted out, that their names were not numbered among those of the righteous; and thus they began to establish the order of the church in the city of Zarahemla. 4 th slide of 4

15 Mormon 1:65 And it came to pass that the Lord did say unto me, Cry unto this people, Repent ye, and come unto me and be ye baptized, and build up again my church, and ye shall be spared. 3 Nephi 12: 22 And if it so be that the church is built upon My gospel, then will the Father show forth His own works in it. Build up 5 again My Church!

16 Alma 3:59 Yea, come unto me and bring forth works of righteousness, and ye shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire; 3 Nephi 4:52 Behold, for such I have laid down my life, and have taken it up again; therefore repent, and come unto me ye ends of the earth, and be saved. And Be Saved 6 !

17 Net Benefits of “Come Unto Me” Be reconciled with thy brother Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost May stand spotless before Me Numbered among My people Continue to repent and confess sins Build up again My Church Be saved

18 Who so Cometh not unto Me is under the bondage of sin. NET LIABILITIES


20 I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD He rejoiceth more over that which was lost, than over the ninety an nine which went not astray – Matthew 18:13

21 We Must Be Like Christ! Christ’s example shows us the straitness of the path And the narrowness of the Gate He having set the example before them He saith unto the children of men: Follow thy Me Wherefore can we follow Jesus save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father? — 2 Nephi 13:11-13

22 Jesus Christ is the Door He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. He goeth before them. The sheep follow him; for they know his voice I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go and out, and find pasture. — John 10:1-2,4,9 Yea, thus we see that the gate of heaven is open unto all.... Helaman 2:25

23 The Natural Man is an Enemy to God Mosiah 1:119 For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been, from the fall of Adam, and will be, for ever and ever; Mosiah 1:120 But if he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man, and becometh a saint, through the atonement of Christ, the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive 1, meek 2, humble 3, patient 4, full of love 5, willing to submit 6 to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

24 Spiritual man Natural man = Kingdom of the devil Spiritual man = Kingdom of God The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned – 1 Corinthians 2:14 Neither can any natural man abide the presence of God; neither after the carnal mind; ye are not able to abide the presence of God now, neither the ministering of angels; wherefore continue in patience until ye are perfected – D&C 67:3c

25 Come Unto Christ – The process of Being Born Again Yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God, Becoming His sons and daughters, And thus they become new creatures; And unless they do this, they can in no wise inherit the kingdom of God – Mosiah 11:188

26 Coming Unto Christ is a part of our Covenant relationship ! Mosiah 3:6 And we are willing to enter into a covenant with our God? To do His will and to be obedient to His commandments? In all things that He shall command us? All the remainder of our days?

27 Mosiah 9:39-41 Terms of our Covenant Desirous to come unto the fold of God and to be called His people. Willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light. Mourn with those that mourn, Comfort those that stand in need of comfort. Stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things and in all places that ye may be in, Even unto death, [Endure to the End] That you may be redeemed of God and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life.

28 I HAVE SET THE EXAMPLE BEFORE YOU! Now this is the commandment : Repent, all ye ends of the earth! Come Unto Me! And be baptized in My name! That ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost.... 3 Nephi 12:33

29 Mosiah 9:44 Our Covenant - Authoritative Testimony I baptize thee, having authority from the Almighty God, As a testimony that ye have entered into a covenant to serve Him unto you are dead!

30 Mosiah 9:175-177,179 The Pattern of making a covenant King Limhi had also entered into a covenant with God, and many of his people, to serve Him and keep His commandments. there was one in the land that had authority from God King Limhi and many of his people were desirous to be baptized, but there was one in the land that had authority from God; They were desirous to be baptized as a witness and a testimony that they were willing to serve God with all their hearts — Nevertheless, they did prolong the time, For an account of their baptism see Mosiah 11:94-96

31 D&C 17:7 Commandment given to the church for those received unto baptism Humble 1 themselves before God Desire 2 to be baptized Come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits 3 Witness before the church that they have truly repented of all their sins 4 Willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ 5 Having a determination to serve Him to the end 6 Truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins 7 [Those so baptized receive H.G. by LOOH]

32 Compare with Moroni 6:1-4 Concerning Baptism Were not baptized, save they brought forth fruit meet that they were worthy of it 1 [humility, desire in D&C 17:7] Did not receive any unto baptism, save they came forth with a broken heart and a contrite spirit 2 Witnessed unto the church that they truly repented of all their sins 3 Took upon them the name of Christ 4 Having a determination to serve Him to the end 5 After that they had been received unto baptism and were wrought upon and cleansed 6 by the power of the Holy Ghost, They were numbered 7 among the people of the church of Christ. [Not specifically mentioned in D&C]

33 Amend your ways and doings.... For if ye thoroughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbor. {Covenant Relationships} If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood, neither walk after other gods..... Coming Unto Christ is Amending our Ways — Jeremiah 7:3,5-6 Let the Wicked forsake his way, his thoughts [Isaiah 55:7- 9]


35 The key to the Plan of Redemption — Repentance Therefore, according to justice, the plan of redemption could not be brought about, only on conditions of repentance of men in this probationary state – Alma 19:94 This being the intent of this last sacrifice [Christ’s death]: to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, And bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance – Alma 16:216

36 The Definition of Repentance 1 Dealing with the Erring, No. 3, Repentance by Charles Fry “Repentance is the renouncement of a belief, practice, or act, from a conviction that it is wrong; and an acceptance of, and a determination to do, what is found to be right.” “True repentance is dependent upon a proper concept of the sinful nature of the thing to be repented of.” “So long as one thinks a given practice to be right there can be no repentance, but as soon as he is convinced that it is wrong, and that some other way is right, he has reason for repentance, and if he also has desire it will be accomplished.” “From this it is apparent that there can be no repentance except men are instructed in the right, and hence the necessity of the gospel, in which is revealed the righteousness of God, being preached “to every creature,” that they may have opportunity to repent and enter the kingdom of God.”

37 L. Wayne Updike. In his classic book: Whosoever Repenteth, page 15, He defined repentance as — “ a conscious positive response to an ever- increasing Revelation of God." REPENTANCE 2

38 Repentance 3 according to the Apostle Paul — Romans 7 I.V. Now that I am spiritual... That which I am commanded to do, I do; And that which I am commanded not to allow, I allow not [Verse 15] For what I know is not right, I would not do; for that which is sin, I hate [Verse 16] Now then, it is no more I that do sin; but I seek to subdue that sin which dwelleth in me. [Verse 18] Note KJV reads differently

39 Repentance 4 by Apostle John Whoever is born of God doth not continue in sin — 1 John 3:9 We know that whosoever is born of God continueth not in sin; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, that the wicked one overcometh him not — 1 John 5:18

40 Bringing our Mind “unto Christ” [2 Corinthians 10:5] Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; [1 Corinthians 2:16] For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

41 The Message of King Benjamin Mosiah 1 – 3 The angel message The Stewardship of our Coming Unto Christ!

42 Highlights – King Benjamin Mosiah 1:39 – You should hearken unto me and open your ears, that ye may hear, And your hearts, that ye may understand, And you minds, that the mysteries of God may be unfolded to your view. Mosiah 1:49 That we may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God.

43 Blessings, Conditions, Promises Mosiah 1:55 – And behold, all that He requires of you is to keep His commandments. if ye do, He doth immediately bless you Mosiah 1:58 – And secondly, He doth require that ye should do as He hath commanded you, for which, if ye do, He doth immediately bless you. Mosiah 1:88 – Consider on the blessed and happy state of those keep the commandments of God.

44 Always Retain a remission of your sins – Mosiah 2:19-22 Or if ye have known of his goodness, and have tasted of his love, and have received a remission of your sins, which causeth such exceeding great joy in your souls, Even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingness, and his goodness and long suffering towards you unworthy creatures, And humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth of the angel; And behold, I say unto you, that if ye do this, ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of your sins;

45 Mosiah 2:25, 28-31 Stewardship – Grace unto Generosity And ye will not have a mind to injure one another, but to live peaceably, and to render to every man according to that which is his due. And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; And ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish. Perhaps thou shalt say, The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance, that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just. But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this, the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done, he perisheth for ever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.

46 Mosiah 2:40-44 Stewardship – Key to Retaining a Remission of Your Sins And again, I say unto the poor, ye who have not and yet have sufficient, that ye remain from day to day; I mean all you who deny the beggar, because ye have not; I would that ye say in your hearts, that I give not because I have not; but if I had, I would give. And now, if ye say this in your hearts, ye remain guiltless, otherwise ye are condemned, and your condemnation is just; for ye covet that which ye have not received. And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you; that is, for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may walk guiltless before God, I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick, and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants, see that all these things are done in wisdom and order And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order: for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength.

47 Stewardship is a part of Coming Unto Christ Stewardship is voluntary – It is conditional on choice. It has never been, nor will it be compulsory. Stewardship is using the things of this earth in the manner designed by God. Stewardship is the recognition that we are stewards and not owners. Stewardship is acknowledgement that stewards make an inventory (keep track) of all that God has given to them to be accountable for. Stewardship is the paying of the tithe of our increase after our basic needs have been met and the recognition that any surplus is not just for us.

48 Stewardship is the Beginning of Zion Stewardship is not the mathematical calculation of how much you owe, but the demonstration, by your lives, that all things belong to God. Stewardship is the discovery, accumulation, management, and distribution of all the gifts God has given us. Stewardship is learning to be efficient – creating increase as well as surplus. Stewardship is not what we give; It is what we keep! Stewardship is a condition of our hearts – it measures our willingness to be obedient to the will of God today!

49 There is a working relationship between our stewardship & our covenant Remember the Lord thy God; for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant – Deuteronomy 8:18 “My covenant with Israel is not forgotten, nor is My will slow to perform; but to whom shall I speak, and by whom shall My counsel be observed? Behold I am wedded to My covenant and am jealous of My agreement with those who are there under.” Apostle Joseph Luff, March 31, 1906.

50 Summarizing our Stewardship Stewardship is learning that enough is sufficient and more than enough is surplus. Stewardship is living simply, that others may simply live. Stewardship is recognizing that our surplus should be returned so that those without sufficient will have enough. Stewardship is the knowledge that having enough has little to do with the amount of money a person has and everything to do with a sense of the boundless provision that God provides. Stewardship is being in the service of your fellow beings. Stewardship benefits both the individual and the collective body.

51 COME UNTO CHRIST Preparatory/Preventative Ministry REACHOUTREACHOUT A N D T O U C H S O M E O N E

52 Preparing  Planting  Sustaining Prepare the Soil Plant the seed Nourish Water Maintain God gives the increase Harvest Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance & Promises Peak Power to Peculiar People

53 MAINTAINING THE COVENANT RELATIONSHIP For they did prick their hearts with the word, continually stirring them up unto repentance – Jarom 1:28 And also had appointed priests to teach the people, that thereby they might hear and know the commandments of God and stir them up in remembrance of the oath which they had made – Mosiah 4:4..... They had addicted themselves to the ministry of the Saints  1 Corinthians 16:15

54 Be ye mindful always of His covenant – 1 Chronicles 16:15 And they (priest’s) shall teach my people the difference between the holy and the profane – Ezekiel 44:23 And visit the house of each member, and exhort them to pray vocally and in secret, and attend to all family duties – D&C 17:10b The teacher’s duty is watch over the church always, and be with, and strengthen them, and see that there is no iniquity in the church, neither hardness with each other; neither lying, backbiting, nor evil speaking – D&C 17:11a MAINTAINING THE COVENANT RELATIONSHIP 2

55 Parents have responsibility for the fruit of their union! [Sec 68:4a] And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance; faith in Christ the Son of the living God; and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands when eight years old, the sin be upon the head of the parents; [Sec 68:4b] for this shall be a law unto the inhabitants of Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized; and their children shall be baptized for the remission of their sins when eight years old, and receive the laying on of the hands: [Sec 68:4c] and they shall also teach their children to pray, and to walk uprightly before the Lord.

56 COME UNTO CHRIST PRIORITIES for a firm Foundation Much prayer and fasting Focused Scripture Study Focused worship and spiritual growth in our homes, the church, the workplace. Application of taking upon us the name of Jesus Christ – being His witnesses at all times and in all places. Calling upon the mercy of God to lead us

57 Moroni 10:29-30 Moroni’s Summary Yea, Come Unto Christ, and be perfected in Him, and deny yourselves all ungodliness, And if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, Then is His grace sufficient for you, that by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in no wise deny the power the of God. And again, if ye, by the power of God, are perfect in Christ, and deny not His power, then ye are sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father, Unto the remission of your sins, that ye may become holy without spot.

58 Freely have ye Received Freely shall ye Give Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost;  Matthew 28:18

59 Much Remains to be Done Our Work is not Finished Gathering and Restoration of the House of Israel Gathering of the Saints to the land of the New Jerusalem The Endowment of the Priesthood The New Jerusalem The Gospel sweeps the earth; then the end will come

60 Consider the Lamanites and the House of Israel! Are we Witnessing for Him?

61 The Lamanite Mission A Missed Opportunity to “Come Unto Me” Because the missionaries delayed at Kirtland for an unscheduled stop, they arrived too late to meet with 4 tribal Chiefs from the West who had journeyed to hear about what is now known to be The Book of Mormon. When the missionaries finally arrived, 2 of the 4 chiefs had already died and the remaining two had departed for their homes. Only one chief made it back. The door of opportunity must be entered while it is yet open. D&C 31 (Oct. 1831) Parley P. Pratt, Oliver Cowdery, Peter Whitmer, Jr. and Ziba Peterson were commanded to go west...

62 The “Great Spirit” sent us! In early 1831, three Nez Perce and one Flathead Indian traveled upriver to St. Louis from Independence to see General William Clark. They made the long journey east to learn about the white man, his religion and to seek the "white man's Book of Heaven". They had been sent by the Great Spirit to receive it. Although two of the Indians died in St. Louis, a third died on the way home and the surviving Indian was killed shortly after reaching his tribe in a raid by the Blackfoot, their journey showed that the Spirit of God was active in working to bring about the enlightenment and restoration of the Lamanite peoples.

63 Tell us about this Jesus Christ The Nez Perce were already familiar with the Bible, having made contact with Lewis and Clark in the 1820's and had developed an excellent relationship with them, especially after finding that they worshipped the same God, Jesus. Their good relations with Lewis and Clark caused them to be very well treated and entertained in Missouri, even by the governor. However, on their last visit with the governor in St. Louis, they expressed the intent of their mission and the disappointment they had in not accomplishing that mission in the following speech given by one of the Nez Perce to the governor:

64 In Search of Truth "I come over the trail of many moons from the setting sun. You were the friend of my fathers who have all gone the long way. I come with one eye partly open, for more light for my people who sit in darkness. I go back with both eyes closed. How can I go back blind to my blind people? I made my way to you with strong arms through many enemies and strange lands that I might carry back much to them. I go back with both arms broken and empty. Two fathers came with us. They were the braves of many winters and wars. We leave them to sleep by your great water and wigwams. They were tired of many moons and their moccasins wore out.”

65 The Book of Heaven "My people sent me to get the white man's Book of Heaven. You took me to where you allow your woman to dance, as we do ours, and the Book was not there. You took me to where they worship the Great Spirit with candles and the Book was not there. You showed me the images of the good spirits and the pictures of the good lands beyond heaven, but the Book was not among them to tell us the way. I am going back to the long sad trail to my people in the dark land. You make my feet heavy with gifts and my moccasins will grow old carrying them, yet the Book is not among them.”

66 We Desired to COME UNTO CHRIST “When I tell my poor blind people, after one more snow, in the Big Council, that I did not bring the Book, no word will be spoken by our old men or young braves. One by one they will rise up and go out in silence. My people will die in darkness, and they will go on the long path to the hunting grounds. No white man will go with them and no white man's Book will make the way plain."

67 A direct connection between Zion, Lamanites, End Times But before the great day of the Lord shall come, Jacob shall flourish in the wilderness; and the Lamanites shall blossom as the rose. Zion shall flourish upon the hills – D&C 49:5a,b Have treated lightly the things you have received, Brought the whole church under condemnation. Shall remain under this condemnation until.... Repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments... Not only to say, but to do – D&C 83:8a,b

68 Joseph Smith, Jr. — Liberty Jail, December 16, 1838 “Zion shall yet live, though she seemeth to be dead!”

69 Zion could have been already redeemed in this dispensation Were it not for the transgressions of My people — (D&C 102)  Not learned to be obedient to the things I require at their hands  Full of all manner of evil  Do not impart of their substance to the poor  Not united according to the union required by the law of the celestial kingdom

70 Our charge for “Zion” today Our charge for “Zion” today The process of establishing Zion is assisted by those who possess the godly plan of salvation and bring it to God’s designated place for its conception that they may live it with others of like- mind and like-heart. By doing so in daily association, they are molding spiritually productive lives as Christ is permitted to abide both in and with them. This temporal expression of their collective faith will become a living testimony to the world that watches for an active ensign of Zion.

71 What Holds Back Zion? What Holds Back Zion? received We have received His law, but we have refused to live the message which is in harmony with His will. “The Lord Jesus Christ lies imprisoned in the midst of this people. He is weak and feeble, because we have bound him within our souls by our preference of secondary things, by our indifference, and by the things of this world. We are not different enough for the world to take notice of us.” Apostle Arthur Oakman Zion requires us to become His people first, before we can become the city of Zion. The spiritual conditions of the Zion must exist prior to the bricks and mortar.

72 “The time to favor Zion, yea, the set time has come, but My army is not yet very great, and the weapons of your warfare ─ many of them ─ are yet carnal and with these ye cannot prevail. When, Oh when, will My people learn that it is not by might nor power, but by My Holy Spirit their work shall be made to succeed.” Joseph Luff, October 8, 1905. Does the task of establishing Zion still PRESS HEAVILY UPON US? Doctrine & Covenants 138:3a It is time to “take up our cross” and follow Him

73 OPEN REBELLION Not an Option – Mosiah 1:79-80 And now, I say unto you, my brethren, that after ye have known and have been taught all these things, If ye should transgress, and go contrary to that which has been spoken, that ye withdraw yourselves from the Spirit of the Lord... The man that doeth this, the same cometh out in open rebellion against God.

74 The Path lies before us! NOT BEHIND US!

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