We are to establish Zion. Not just talk about it, sing about it, or pray about it – but we are to do something about it – we are to build something! Zion always involves building something – starting with our own hearts (to become more pure) - our marriage, our family, our neighbors, our community (wards/stakes) and eventually a city. The invitation to become of “one heart, one mind, to dwell in righteousness, and to have no poor among us” is embodied within every fiber in the fabric of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the fruits of the two Great Commandments. The measure to which we really love God with all our heart, might, mind and strength is reflected in how much we love our neighbors and we care for the poor and needy. It is not what we say that matters - it is what we do. (Alma 34:28) In all holy writ, the doctrines of loving God and our sacred stewardship to love one another can never be separated. (1 John 4)
“If we would establish Zion in our homes, branches, wards, and stakes, we must rise to this standard. It will be necessary (1) to become unified in one heart and one mind; (2) to become, individually and collectively, a holy people; and (3) to care for the poor and needy with such effectiveness that we eliminate poverty among us. We cannot wait until Zion comes for these things to happen—Zion will come only as they happen.” Elder D. Todd Christofferson - Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
The invitation is contained within the Stake Vision to “Love one Another”.
We invite every member of the stake to reach out more – to open our hearts and our homes to invite others into our lives. To share ourselves with our neighbors, our ward family, and anyone the Lord brings into our paths. We invite each of you to love one another more fully – to take time to listen and build relationships, to visit the sick and weary, to forgive an offense, to reconcile a relationship, to receive impressions each week concerning “whom the Lord would have us love”. It is through the Atonement we are privileged to participate with God – “As I have loved you, love one another”