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149 Years Ago Today

On 7/19/1863, Apostle Heber C. Kimball closed his talk that day this way: May the Lord multiply his blessings upon you, brethren and sisters, and upon all the faithful ministers and Saints throughout the...
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The Early Utah Saints Were Literally Building Zion

As I have been reviewing quotes from talks given by LDS Church leaders in the 1850s & 1860s, I have run across two dozen statements that make is blatantly clear that the early Saints were in fact in...
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“We have to labor with our hands”

One hundred and fifty nine years ago today, at a conference held at “Provo City, Utah Territory”, President Brigham Young opened his remarks by saying: …if we are to build up the kingdom...
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Oxymoron: “Zion’s Gold Mining”

I recall reading with shock Hugh Nibley’s criticism of Utahns’ use of the word “Zion” to give an air of legitimacy to Babylon-style businesses and organizations here in Utah. I...
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Thoughts on Zion 20 – What it Takes to Build Zion

While reviewing talks given by LDS church leaders during the 1850s and 1860s, I found 26 statements that fell into the category of “What it Takes to Build Zion”. In pondering these, I realized that...
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