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Zion Shall Not Be Moved. Sections 103, 105. July-December 1833. Mobs demand that the Saints leave Missouri Attacks occur The Saints begin to move north from Jackson County to Clay County, Missouri.

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Zion shall not be moved

Zion Shall Not Be Moved

Sections 103, 105


July december 1833

July-December 1833

  • Mobs demand that the Saints leave Missouri

  • Attacks occur

  • The Saints begin to move north from Jackson County to Clay County, Missouri


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  • When the Lord spoke to Joseph, instructing him to counsel the people to consecrate their possessions, and deed them over to the Church in a covenant that cannot be broken, would the people listen to it? No, but they began to find out they were mistaken, and had only acknowledged with their mouths that the things which they possessed were the Lord’s

    • Journal of Discourses, 2:305-06


Section 103

Section 103

  • Why were the saints driven from Jackson County, Missouri?

  • Partly to chasten them for covetousness and feigned words (103:4)

  • Partly because the mob was composed of free agents who chose to persecute the saints, and the Lord “suffered them thus far” to make them accountable for their actions (103:3)


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  • IF

    • Saints “hearken from this very hour unto the counsel which I, the Lord their God shall give unto them” (5)

  • THEN

    • They shall prevail against enemies (6-7)

  • IF

    • The saints “hearken not to observe all my words” (8)

  • THEN

    • Babylon will prevail against them (9)


Go up to the land of zion

“Go Up to the Land of Zion”

  • “Behold, I say unto you, the redemption of Zion must needs come by power” D&C 103:15

  • A Moses-like man—to lead an army of Israel

  • “Let no man be afraid to lay down his life for my sake”D&C 103:27

  • Gather the army of Israel “to go up unto the land of Zion” D&C 103:30

  • “Behold this is my will; ask and ye shall receive; but men do not always do my will” D&C 103:31


Revelation to zion s camp

Revelation to Zion’s Camp

  • Section 105 24 June 1834 Fishing River, Missouri


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After Meeting with the High Council in Kirtland on February 24, 1834, the Prophet stated that he intended to go to Zion to assist in redeeming it. The Lord instructed him to have at least 100 men (D&C 103). By the time Joseph arrived in Fishing River, Missouri on 19 June 1834 he had 205 members of what became known as Zion’s Camp. They had marched 1,000 miles to Clay County, Missouri.


A journey of a 1 000 miles

A Journey of a 1,000 Miles

  • The 229 members of Zion’s camp averaged 35 miles per day throughout the summer of 1834 (men, women, children)

  • Like Lehi’s trek through the wilderness, their trip was marked by many going and doing what the Lord commanded, while others murmured

  • Along the way Gov. Dunklin of Missouri, who had promised militia, withdrew his support

  • Joseph warned that the Lord would not be inclined to help those who murmur


Zion s camp

Zion’s Camp

  • In Section 105 the Lord spoke of the importance of preparation to the establishment of Zion:

  • The Lord wanted ~

  • 1. His leaders to be prepared (see vv. 9–10).

  • 2. The Saints to be taught more perfectly what He requires of them (see v. 10).

  • 3. The Saints to gain experience (see v. 10). No one can know the things of God without doing them (see John 7:17).

  • 4. The Saints to know their duty more perfectly (see D&C 105:10).

  • 5. The Saints to be endowed with power from on high (see v. 11).

  • 6. The Saints to be faithful, enduring in humility to the end (see v. 12).


Plagues to try them

Plagues to Try Them

  • Cholera:

  • Brother Joseph called the camp together, and told us that in consequence of the disobedience of some who had not been willing to listen to his words, but had been rebellious, God had decreed that sickness should come upon us, and we should die like sheep with the rot; and said he, "I am sorry, but I cannot help it."

  • When he spoke these things it pierced me like a dart, having a testimony that so it would be. In the afternoon of this day, we began to receive the revelation known as the "Fishing River revelation.”

    • Journal of Heber C. Kimball


Heber c kimball

Heber C. Kimball

  • The mob came to the river, two miles from us; and the river had risen to that height that they were obliged to stop without crossing over. The hail fell so heavy upon them that it beat holes in their hats, and in some instances even broke the stocks off their guns; their horses being frightened fled leaving the riders on the ground, their powder was wet and it was evident the Almighty fought in our defense. This night the river raised forty feet.


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  • On the 21st, Colonel Searcy and two other leading men from Ray county, came to see us, desiring to know what our intentions were; for said he, "I see that there is an Almighty power that protects this people, for I started from Richmond, Ray county, with a company of armed men having a fixed determination to destroy you, but was kept back by the storm and was not able to reach you."

  • When he came into the camp he was seized with such a trembling, that he was obliged to sit down in order to compose himself. When he desired to know what our intentions were, Brother Joseph arose and began to speak and the power of God rested upon him. . . .


Fishing river revelation

Fishing River Revelation

  • On the 23rd of June [1834], Brother Joseph received a revelation [D&C 105]. . . saying that the Lord had accepted our offering, even as he accepted that of Abraham therefore he had a great blessing laid up in store for us, and an endowment for all, and those who had families might return home, and those who had no families should tarry until the Lord said they should go.

    • Journal of Heber C. Kimball


Called to sacrifice

Called to Sacrifice

  • Zion’s Camp was disbanded.

  • “God did not want you to fight. He could not organize his kingdom with twelve men to open the gospel door to the nations of the earth . . . unless he took them from a body of men who had offered their lives, and who had made as great a sacrifice as did Abraham.”

    • Joseph Smith, HC 2:182


The trial of faith

The Trial of Faith

  • Although the avowed purpose of the camp (to reinstate the Saints to their lands in Zion) was not realized, it was not an exercise in futility, but rather served as the forge in which the Lord tempered the steel of many of his early leaders, including the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

  • “Zion’s Camp was disbanded on June 24, 1834. It had furnished the know-how and experience which made possible the subsequent exodus of more than 20,000 men, women, and children from Nauvoo to the Rocky Mountains, and prepared leaders for the great exodus. It also provided a proving ground—some 1,000 miles of it—for the future Church leaders.

  • This is evidenced by the fact that when the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was ‘searched out’ by the three witnesses to the Book of Mormon, [most of those] chosen had been members of Zion’s Camp. These men had demonstrated their willingness to sacrifice everything, even life itself, when commanded by the Lord. The First Quorum of the Seventy was likewise made up of the men who followed the Prophet to Missouri in Zion’s Camp.” (Elder Delbert L. Stapley )

    • The Importance of Church History, Brigham Young University Speeches of the Year [Provo, 15 Apr. 1970], p. 3.)


A proving ground

A Proving Ground

Elder Delbert L. Stapley said:

“Zion’s Camp was disbanded on June 24, 1834. It had furnished the know-how and experience which made possible the subsequent exodus of more than 20,000 men, women, and children from Nauvoo to the Rocky Mountains, and prepared leaders for the great exodus.

It also provided a proving ground—some 1,000 miles of it—for the future Church leaders. This is evidenced by the fact that when the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was ‘searched out’ by the three witnesses to the Book of Mormon, [most of those] chosen had been members of Zion’s Camp. These men had demonstrated their willingness to sacrifice everything, even life itself, when commanded by the Lord.

The First Quorum of the Seventy was likewise made up of the men who followed the Prophet to Missouri in Zion’s Camp.” (The Importance of Church History, Brigham Young University Speeches of the Year [Provo, 15 Apr. 1970], p. 3.)


Zion shall not be moved

The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles


Summary

Summary

  • The Saints today await the Lord’s instructions concerning the redemption of the City of Zion. Until that time, our responsibility is to establish and build up stakes of Zion among every nation, kindred, tongue, and people so that the whole earth can receive the blessings of the Holy City.

    • McConkie & Ostler, Revelations of the Restoration, 780

"He will lift up an ensign unto the nations. . . . He lifteth up an ensign on the mountains." (Isa 5:26; 18:3).

"On 26 July 1847, just two days after Brigham Young arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, he and others ascended a dome-shaped hill north of the present Utah State Capitol building. He had seen this prominent peak in a vision. As President Young raised a flag, he also symbolically lifted the "ensign to all nations," inviting them to gather to Zion.”

~Joseph F. Smith, Encyclopedia of LDS History


Return to zion in the future

Return to Zion in the Future

  • When arriving in Salt Lake Valley Brigham Young expressed his thoughts frankly with the church leaders:

  • " I know that this is the spot, we were led by the Lord to it. We have come here according to the suggestion and direction of Joseph Smith. I knew this spot as soon as I saw it. Up there on that table ground we shall erect the Standard of Freedom... Joseph Smith and myself had both seen this place years ago and that is why we are here.”

  • Thought Question: Are you ready to march for the cause of Zion?


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