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A Zion People

“Only a Zion people can bring in a Zion society. And as the Zion people increase, so we will be able to incorporate more of the principles of Zion until we have a people prepared to receive the Lord.”
Ezra Taft Benson, “Jesus Christ – Gifts and Expectations New Era”, May 1975, p. 16

Columbus discovered America for God’s purposes. Many have disparaged Columbus and even slandered him with no real evidence. Hearsay does little to convince after the long time passed and with an antagonistic effort to discredit that Columbus endures. As shown in his own journals and writings Columbus believed and felt God was a constant guide and influence in his efforts to reach America, and he plead for protection from corrupt influences against the natives he found in the Americas. The Latter-Day Saint literature is full of reference to God’s hand in the discovery and use of America. Orson Hyde said the Angel Moroni was with Columbus numerous times for inspiration and guidance.

So, after a thousand years of preparation, the Spirit of God rested upon a young Italian sailing under the flag of Spain, and, as Nephi had seen in vision, “he went forth upon the many waters, even unto the seed of my brethren, who were in the promised land.” (1 Ne. 13:12.) This “Christian of almost maniacal devoutness” as Alistair Cooke calls him, this man with the zeal of Galileo, Don Quixote, and John the Baptist combined, was not to be denied. (Alistair Cooke, America, New York: Alfred Knopf, 1973, p. 30.) “Our Lord with provident hand unlocked my mind,” said Columbus, “sent me upon the seas, and gave me fire for the deed. Those who heard of my enterprise called it foolish, mocked me, and laughed. But who can doubt but that the Holy Ghost inspired me?” (Jacob Wasserman, Columbus, Don Quixote of the Seas, New Brunswick: Rutgers Univ. Press, 1959, p. 20.) Columbus stood on the captain’s deck, but the all-seeing eye of the Lord was on the compass, and the hopes of every dispensation filled the sails. The prophet Nephi had also seen in vision what followed: colonization, war, and the birth of a new nation.
Jeffrey R. Holland, “A Promised Land”, Ensign, Jun 1976, p. 23

Do not doubt the knowledge that the Founding Fathers possessed of a Divine Presence in the affairs of Man. According to Wilford Woodruff’s journal George Washington, John Wesley, Christopher Columbus and Benjamin Franklin were all ordained to the office of High Priest after baptism in the St. George Temple. The other signers of the Declaration of Independence and other great men of history also appeared there and were ordained to office of Elder in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We shall soon know of the true history of men and not the rewritten and changed history men have adapted to political agendas throughout history.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness- That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Thomas Jefferson, “Declaration of Independence”, adopted 4 July 1776

Are we ready to take up the banner of Jesus Christ and His Zion Nation, as Zion People? If we are not we will not know Liberty again, personally, in this life or the next. God has swept this land clean of apostate and unfaithful people numerous times as recorded in The Book of Mormon. I am sure He would do it again, but I know of faithful Liberty loving, God fearing and sacrificing people who will be left to rebuild the Zion that has been long designated for this land, and this proves to me the obedience of some of His great children. I have noticed that as righteousness increases wicked loving people have a way of leaving and I expect they will leave as America turns away from gold, oil, power and all of Satan’s temptations to build a Zion Nation.

The time is short as we can see from the violent upheavals and rebellions of the earth and seas to wicked practices by many non-repentant people. Not many companies are as bad as the government claims them to be. The government is worse than any company they point to, as they take the bribes, then set the rules and then choose a fall guy or company to blame. This is why Glenn Beck is so successful in calling America to repentance, as many others have been doing for many years. Let us be as Joshua of Old Testament times, servants of God and keepers of His Laws of Nature.

“Only a Zion people can bring in a Zion society. And as the Zion people increase, so we will be able to incorporate more of the principles of Zion until we have a people prepared to receive the Lord.”
Ezra Taft Benson, “Jesus Christ – Gifts and Expectations New Era”, May 1975, p. 16

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