From all his other statements, what Brigham meant here was that the Saints were “merchandising, trafficking and trading” for their own personal benefit, which is Babylon’s way – focusing on one’s own self. Zion’s way is to do so for the good of the whole — working together for mutual benefit, aka. cooperation.
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Another favorite Zion-building quote: “We are not going to wait for angels, or for Enoch and his company to come and build up Zion, but we are going to build it. We will raise our wheat, build our houses, fence our farms, plant our vineyards and orchards, and produce everything that will make our bodies […]
Definitely one of my Top 10 favorite Zion-building quotes: We ought to desire to build up the material Zion; and while we may not be commanded in these things, we should, as the revelation which I have read says, be willing to do many things of our own free will and choice. Some might rightfully […]
“Zion is Zion because of the character, attributes, and faithfulness of her citizens. Remember, ‘the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them’ (Moses 7:18). If we would establish Zion in our homes, branches, wards, and stakes, we […]
“There is not one thing wanting in all the works of God’s hands to make a Zion upon the earth when the people conclude to make it. We can make a Zion of God on earth at our pleasure, upon the same principle that we can raise a field of wheat, or build and inhabit. […]
The establishment of Zion should be the aim of every member of this Church…. “And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.” Take special note of the word because in this scripture. Zion is established and […]