Prophetic Principles for Building Zion


Prophetic Principles for Building Zion

Book Title

Living the Book of Mormon: Abiding by Its Precepts

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Kramer, Neal W. (Primary)


Strathearn, Gaye (Secondary), and Swift, Charles (Secondary)




Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University/Deseret Book


Provo, UT/Salt Lake City

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Bibliographic Citation

Kramer, Neal W. "Prophetic Principles for Building Zion" In Living the Book of Mormon: Abiding by Its Precepts, Edited by Strathearn, Gaye, and Swift, Charles. 275-289. Provo, UT/Salt Lake City: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University/Deseret Book, 2007.


When we think of the doctrine of Zion as taught in the Book of Mormon, our minds often turn to 4 Nephi. The book describes in a few verses a society organized around the principles taught by the Savior to a righteous remnant of Nephites and Lamanites at the temple in Bountiful. Some important characteristics of this community of Christians were faith, family, hope, peace, security, and happiness. Indeed, Mormon powerfully asserts that “there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God”. Imagine that! They were happier than the citizens of the city of Enoch, happier than Mechizedek’s city of Salem. This Book of Mormon Zion had been foretold from the time Lehi and his family left Jerusalem. In preparation for that great day, crucial principles about Zion were regularly taught by prophets like King Benjamin and Alma the Elder. But the Book of Mormon was written for our day to assist us in preparing for the building of our Zion. And so the Book of Mormon calls us to come unto Christ and take upon His name by building Zion, which is founded on the principles of equality, unity, covenants, and priesthood organization.
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