If we want to build Zion we must move from the Church to the Kingdom.
All Deacons are to warn, expound, exhort, teach, and invite all to come to Christ.
"Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things, that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men." -Ether 3:102a RAV, 8:26a OPV
This week we take a look at revelations on building a temple for all Latter Day Saints, regardless of church, sect, or denomination.
"Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." -Acts 1:8
"And it came to pass that as many as did believe him did go forth to a place which was called Mormon, having received its name from the king, being in the borders of the land having been infested by times, or at seasons, by wild beasts..." (see Alma 9:28-37 RAV, 18:1-7 OPV)
You have been called out from the world, and from the churches. The Lord first asked you to come and see, now the Lord asks you to come and do.
If the Exodus story didn’t happen, what is the point of Israel being slaves in Egypt, wondering in the desert, and committing genocide to gain the promised land?
"O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith YHVH. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel." -Jeremiah 18:6
"For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward." -Mark 9:41
What does it mean to preach the gospel? What is salvation? damnation? How are we saved? Are we truly damned?
"When thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly." -Matthew 6:17-18