And, finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers, and the right whereunto I should be ordained to administer the same (Abraham, vs 2)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Seeking the Welfare of Zion

The "welfare of Zionconsists of teaching others how to come to God themselves, and receive the heavenly promises directly from God. (2 Ne. 26: 29.) Zion will be composed exclusively of those who can endure the presence of God (D&C 84:23-25, Isaiah 51:11). Therefore, it is necessary for everyone to come up to the heavenly mount by their own repentance and remembrance of the Lord.(D&C 76:66) When the servants appeared within the vineyard to labor, they "did go and labor with their mights" because this is serious work, not to be idled away with distractions. (Jacob 5: 72.) "Zion's welfare", of course, consists primarily in qualifying people to be called to Zion. The servants only labor, which involves all their might, is to provide sufficient for their needs and then seek only the "welfare of Zion". (Jacob 5: 71-73.)

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