How Beautiful are the Feet…

Those that seek to bring forth Zion are not commanded to do so. They seek it out. My mind has been working through the details of chapters 13-14 of 1 Nephi, and one verse sticks out in particular:

1 Nephi 13:37

“37. And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall publish peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be.”

I used to think that the bringing forth of Zion would be by some invitation from Salt Lake City. The more I see the scriptures as describing a complete picture of our current conditions, and what is ahead, I have come to realize that Zion will not come until we build it (D Todd Christofferson Oct 2008 Gen. Conf.).

The opposite of Zion has always been Babylon. Babylon represents a worldly mentality. It includes thoughts of gold, silver, silks, scarlets, fine twined linen, and all manner of precious clothing (similar to what we find in large ritzy malls), described in 1 Nephi 13:6-8. A Babylon people seek the praise of the world, and they are willing to destroy those standing in their way to obtain their desires. Those in Babylon would dig a pit for their neighbor, if it meant capitalizing on their loss. Our modern banking and stock exchange economy is evidence of this.

Joseph Smith tried to establish Zion, but he soon found out that there is a real battle in the hearts of men, waged by the master deceiver, Satan. The early saints in Missouri and Nauvoo did not qualify to build Zion.

D&C 105:3-4

“3. But behold, they have not learned to be obedient to the things which I required at their hands, but are full of all manner of evil, and do not impart of their substance, as becometh saints, to the poor and afflicted among them;

4. And are not united according to the union required by the law of the celestial kingdom;

 

D&C 101:6

“6. There were jarrings, and contentions, and evnvyings, and strifes, and lustful and covetous desires among them; therefore by these things they polluted their inheritances.”

How is it that we think we would do any better than the early saints? What makes our approach better? Only one answer can satisfy these questions. We must obey every word that proceedeth forth out of the mouth of Christ. That word comes in many forms: scripture, angels, and from Christ Himself.

The prophecy of the return of the House of Israel to the true doctrine, despite the failure of the Gentile nations, is a good start for those seeking a return (1 Nephi 13:37-42). In other words, those of the natural branches of the olive tree must take the graft, into the original olive tree (Jacob 5). That graft is dependent upon how we seek to know the words of Christ.

We must recognize that the there will be false traditions, introduced by the Gentiles, because of the missing plain and precious truths that have been perverted. But it will be your knowledge of these words that empower you to discern and not partake of the evil gift.

One of those false traditions of unbelief include the idea that salvation can be offered by anyone other than Christ Himself. Belonging to an institution was never intended to provide salvation. Salvation is an individual matter. Meeting together oft was only intended to recognize the pattern of gathering, so those who desire to be gathered by the Lord could align with the words of Christ and become sweet to Him. It was always an individual salvation.

When we choose to build Zion amongst us, it will be founded upon the words of Christ. Those without that foundation cannot enter in. We cannot obtain a salvation on the credit or the coat tails of other people. Those who recognize this, can easily discern true messengers from our Father. It will be the feet of these, who build Zion, who will be beautiful upon the mountains (the ascension upon the mountain of the Lord is implied here). And those who publish peace and tidings of great joy, in the words of Christ, will surely be beautiful.

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2 thoughts on “How Beautiful are the Feet…

  1. This is incredible. I have been thinking about it all night, but I keep thinking “now what?”. I am overwhelmed and frustrated about how confused I have been for so long. I just went to a young women’s program where they spent an hour talking about how they came unto Christ through the personal progress program (which is wonderful, but did they really come unto Christ?). We just told them that they did. So now what do we do? The standard Sunday school answers don’t apply anymore -“just think of Christ, serve eachother, go to church, etc…

    • You are right, our traditions of unbelief have custom fit the gospel to align to our lifestyle. We have moral standards, we don’t drink alcohol, we don’t smoke, we don’t do drugs, but we have become accustomed to identify ourselves with what we don’t do, rather than what we do. What made the difference between the people of God was not what they did not do, as much as what they did. So, naturally your question leads to, “Then what do we do?”

      Just so you know, your question is what all disciples of Christ seek to know, “What is it that I do, now that I know what I’ve been doing is not all accurate?” The answer to your question is to map out the proper expectations. The map usually consists of a list of 7 steps. Jacobs ladder had seven rungs, the beatitudes are a list of seven things, and the the process to building a house of God is also seven steps. These outline the same map, so that we are able to know what it is that we are doing, or must do.

      The beatitudes identify your current condition of having your eyes open to the truth, and the huge gap between where you are and where you know you are supposed to be, as being “poor in spirit, who come unto me.” You’re on the way to correcting the false traditions of unbelief. You need to read them in 3 Nephi 12, but I’ll give you a few hints.

      You are feeling the frustrations of being misled all these years to think you have something you really don’t. That makes you poor in spirit, and if you come unto Christ because of it, you are promised the Kingdom of heaven.

      Next, you will begin to search deeply the words of Christ, which brings you to the next step, you will “mourn” for the truth. And all those who mourn, seeking out the truth in the words of Christ, are crying unto the Lord. They are promised- Comfort! How are we comforted? Because the scriptures start to make sense, and you can properly discern and not waste your time following foolish traditions.

      Those who study the scriptures to be corrected and properly aligned are meek. They easily become interested in scriptural conversations, gospel lectures, anything to do with exchanging or receiving instructions from the words of Christ. Joseph Smith says that they can learn from the passer-by. They don’t need some kind of credentials. All they need is truth and the spirit. And the meek are promised to inherit the earth.

      Then there is a depth to your understanding that cannot be acquired by scripture study alone. It requires fasting. These are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness. These are promised to be filled with the Holy Ghost.

      Those filled with the Holy Ghost, will get closer to Christ …because The role of the Holy Ghost is to bring you to Christ. And the role of Christ is to bring you to the Father. The next beatitude is hidden in coded language. Those who are merciful shall “obtain” mercy. The key words here are “obtain” and “mercy.” Only one person can offer mercy, and it is Christ. When you are merciful, you obtain Christ.

      Christ assists you in your ascension, by purifying your heart. With a pure heart, you can then see God. And once you see God, you become a peacemaker, and you become a child of God (in other words: an equal heir with Christ). That is when you become a witness of Christ. That is when everything you do will be to declare the words of Christ. Any persecutions will be for the names sake of Christ.

      I know this is a long response, but that produces a map, so that we can know what next to do. What you do will be different than what I do. But, the pattern will be exactly the same, it will be the mind and will of God.

      Thanks Kristy

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