Zion is of one heart and one mind, and no poor among them, because they are built upon the mind and will of God. If there is to be a people who rise up to qualify as a covenant people, who inherit the land, they necessarily must be Governed by Principle. Those who will never rise up, will fight with one another about right and wrong, forfeiting their chances to be one, for being right. Which are you?
Zion: A Zion people are of one heart and one mind, because within each of them is God’s heart and God’s mind. The words of Christ, when they are truly written upon the heart, provides simple men with the mind and will of God as their own. What they do, when they are animated by God’s mind and will, is what God would do if He were there. Doing so is how a man is sanctified. The mind and will of God is what quickens a man to be Governed by Principle, and sanctifies him prior to returning and entering into His presence in the flesh. When men are Governed by Principle, it is not necessary for them to be commanded in all things. They will act and not be acted upon. They will be one. They will be Zion.
Governed by Principle: If a people rise-up to qualify to inherit the land, they must do it by being Governed by Principle. To be Zion, there must be a temple connected to the heavens. The Lord has covenanted that if a temple is built unto Him, He will come unto it, and give higher ordinances, and they will not be moved (D&C 124). In order for a temple to be built, there must be a land of inheritance to build it on. The only condition upon which a people qualify for a land of inheritance is that they “accept and keep” the covenant, given in the scriptures. Repeatedly, the scriptures teach if you will keep my commandments you will prosper in the land. That has been misinterpreted to mean that the fruits of “commandments kept” are: rising up the corporate ladder, owning real estate investments not a few, massive houses-a-plenty, and a comfortable retirement that can be used to serve exotic missions until you die. NOPE! That would be wrong. Then what?
A people Governed by Principle have principles in common, but make decisions independently. They all receive different revelations, …but they are all driven by the exact same principles. When they get together, there is no contention among them, because discussing principles is non-threatening, and produces greater oneness of heart and mind, merging to become God’s heart and mind in us. Placing the emphasis upon Governing Principles removes the need to be right, regarding individual decisions. Two different people can make decisions that oppose one another, and both would be right, …because both are Governed by the same Principles. Even better, everyone can be involved in the decision process because principles can be equally understood by all minds: the farmer, the mechanic, the scholar, the less active member, the apostate, the homeless, the contractor, and the child. The Lord’s yoke is easy, and His burden is light. But it requires that we do things His way, and not follow after the arm of flesh, or do things by the law.
Governed by Law: Some might think that being governed by law is a good thing. When, actually, being governed by law sits on the lower end of the spectrum, opposite from being Governed by Principle. Nephi says that “the law” is dead, and that if we’d look forward to the life in Christ, then we wouldn’t harden our hearts when “the law” ought to be done away! (2 Nephi 25:27). The Lord expresses that he’d prefer that we would be Governed by Principle, but then mourns that He must suffer that you be governed by law, until you figure it out and repent.
“77. According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles;
78. That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment.”
The Lord “suffers” the law to be established. He’d prefer principles, but because of our slothful condition, we must be commanded in all things, and must be given law. If the law has any value, the law ought to be based on “just and holy principles,” so that the transition back to be Governed by Principle is easier. However, the objective is still to leave the law, to be governed by the “doctrine” and the “principles,” …until we are alive in Christ. Those who will never rise up, will fight with one another, using the law, to determine who’s right and wrong, forfeiting their chances to be one, …for being right. They will require attorneys, referees, and weapons to win, not realizing that right or wrong, you loose, because you are not one.
Conclusion: Those of us who have been gathered out, seeking to be Governed by Principle, are being condemned by those who desire to follow “the laws” of men, and will not hold themselves accountable to be Governed by Principle. Those who rise-up in “the law” have always been the Pharisees and Sadducees, who exercise their authority unrighteously. King Noah used “the law” to kill Abinadi. The Jews used “the law” to kill Christ. The LDS church has used “the law” to cast-out and excommunicate those of us who are Governed by Principle.
However, old traditions of unbelief are hard to break free from. As we review the scriptures, to consider them ready to establish a covenant people, we have treated that effort, using the law, rather than being Governed by Principle. That is about to change, as we have been called to repentance, and our making a shift to filter the covenant by way of Governing Principles.
When our emphasis is less and less upon being right, and more and more about being Governed by Principles, then our scripture efforts would have greater discussions about principles, rather than historical data, verses and chapters, or who’s name ought to be in the record. The effort of preparing a proposed covenant to be accepted by the Lord, using the mind and will of God as all of our guide, will not only produce an acceptable covenant, but it will also provide an acceptable covenant people!
We are all on trial here! I know where I stand. Do you know where you stand?