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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Sections 103, 105
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.
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.)
The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 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."
"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