Friday, October 26, 2012

Doctrine and Covenants 78:6

"For if ye are not equal in earthly things ye cannot be equal in obtaining heavenly things"
Doctrine and Covenants 78:6

We've talked a lot about this theme lately, but this struck me today.  We talk about building a Zion community, living up to that ideal, etc.  but on some level we think that is unreachable or really far away.  And I think that this verse really makes me stop and think.  Like most things, God is trying to teach us how to be the kinds of people that will be comfortable in Heaven.  And it isn't necessarily about achieving a temporal kingdom of Zion in the next 10 years.  It is about us achieving becoming Zion *people* inside.  Being the kind of people that will give and accept and love, even when people around us are the opposite, and even when it might hurt us financially or otherwise.  If we don't work on building Zion, it isn't going to hurt God's goal of bringing us a temporal Zion, and the city of Enoch coming back to visit.  That will happen anyway.  ... But not making the effort will hurt us.  We'll be stuck in the worldly cycle, we'll love less, and we won't know how to promote equality with other people.  I am definitely not an expert at that, I promise you... but it is something that I want to learn.  Today, let's work on learning some equality.  What can we do in our lives to promote equality in our spheres of influence?

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