Zion is one heart and one mind and no poor among them. Zion also cannot be zion until Christ dwells among them. Christ walked and dwelt among Enoch and his people before the city was taken away.
It is quite evident that we are not a zion people yet. We live our lives with different desires (different hearts). We may do the same things, but for completely different reasons. Our thoughts are quite different as well (different minds). There are many poor among us. And no one lays claim on walking and talking with Christ as did Enoch and his people. To them, Christ was literally walking amongst them, not just in spirit.
Having one heart and one mind does not mean that we all do the same thing. Actually, quite the opposite. We are all unique and individual just like the stones that make up an altar. However, we desire the same thing and we think about or are concerned about the very same thing. It is Gods work and Glory to bring about our immortality and eternal life of us. It is also Christ work and Glory to do the same. Yet, God the Father did not atone for us, Christ did. Likewise, as we get desire and concern ourselves with the same thing, we too can build zion without loosing our identity and embracing our uniqueness. It is not a plan for communism (everyone gets the same).
I honestly do not believe that Enoch’s people were any better than we are. I believe that they too struggled with the very concerns that we struggle with today. The only difference was that when Enoch taught them to submit themselves to the mind and will of God, they recognized that Enoch was right and they trusted in God and submitted themselves to Him. Just as the city of Enoch changed, so too can we!
Christ is the one to add upon us. We have no power to add one cubit to our stature (3 Nephi 13:27). We must stop thinking that we earn it through our worthiness. Remember, worthiness is based on worth, and that worth never changes. Everyones worth is great in the sight of God (D&C 18:10). What is in question is our willingness to submit to all things the Lord sees fit to inflict upon us.
“19. For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless 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, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.”
The saints in Nauvoo were given a command to build a temple in sufficient time. They failed to do so. This is evident in D&C 124:40-48. What happened to the Nauvoo temple and to saints by the mobs in Nauvoo and at Hans mill are aligned with what the Lord promised would happen if they did not build the temple in sufficient time (cursed). What stopped them from building it in sufficient time? Earthly success and financial increase.
When the saints first arrived in Nauvoo they immediately began filling in swamp lands and planned to establish the temple at the center of the city. The building of the temple began before people even built their own houses. The labor was split up. Some focused on sustaining life, while some worked on the temple, and others built products to sell upstream and downstream on the Mississippi in order to provide money to forward the temple building. All efforts where initially on the building of the temple.
The saints were blessed with great excess. Economic success exploded as the saints pulled together their resources. Soon financial success on the Mississippi distracted the attention on the building of the temple. The temple was not finished in time, Joseph Smith gave the saints a preliminary endowment in the red-brick store (not the one promised them by the Lord), and then was taken and killed before the second story of the building was built. The saints had lost their inheritance promised them. Even worse, they rejected the very blessing that the children of Israel rejected from Moses, which was to be sanctified and enter into the presence of the Lord through a higher ordinance (a higher endowment).
Initially, the heart and mind of the saints were one. That oneness produced earthly success. Financial success on the Mississippi gave the saints room to truly determine if their hearts and minds were one with God’s. Because their hearts and minds were side tracked so easily the Lord could not trust this people to live an even higher law and the opportunity was lost to them. God wants a people who’ll be one in both hard and successful times. Enoch was such a people and so can we be if we submit to Him.
We are currently in a similar situation as the saints were, given the economic tides and the slavery we suffer today. Most of our year (almost 2/3 of our year) is spent working to pay the taxes we owe as a nation. The rest goes to pay down a debt that we can never seem to get out of (mortgages and other loans). As the pressure of our times increases exponentially, we too will need to turn to each other as did the saints in Nauvoo. As we humble ourselves, repent, and unite in heart and mind, undoubtedly we too will experience success. However, we cannot fail the test the saints in Nauvoo failed. We must be willing to give it all back, to focus on the promises of the temple, to sacrifice all things, because our desire to be one with Christ and the Father is far greater than our desire to have things.
The only way for all of us to be of one heart and one mind is to be on with God. For this reason, we must know God! That is the purpose of the scriptures. So that all of us knows the same God. As we become one with Him, we’ll naturally find ourselves one with each other. We will have unique identities, but will desire the same thing and will think or concern ourselves with the same thing. This is the building of Zion that will produce “no poor” among us (a natural bi-product) and we shall enter into the presence of Christ, without guilt (perfect). Christ will walk and talk with us literally. Eventually we shall be reunited with the city of Enoch as promised in the millennial reign.
It all starts with the word as individuals. Then as couples (husbands and wives). Then with your children. Then with your extended family, neighbors and friends. Then communities and cities and so on.
It requires that our hearts and minds be knit together. That is what the word does when we read with real intent, sincerely desiring to know the truths and mysteries of God (Moroni 10:4). The scriptures are only the first step to knowing the mind and will of God. Then comes the Holy Ghost and revelation. Then comes messengers. And finally Christ comes. This progression is completely based upon your willingness to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon you.
Read the word to know God. Then will your God be the same as ours. Then we can unite and reach for greater blessings intended for us to endure all things and put all our enemies under our foot, including the enemy of death!