What does the Lord require of me? Building Zion

Have you ever asked the Lord, What do you want me to do? What great work should I do on the earth?

Other saints have asked the same question and received the following answers from the Lord:

Oliver Cowdery (D&C 6)

6 Now, as you have asked, behold, I say unto you, keep my commandments, and aseek to bring forth and establish the cause of bZion;

Hyrum Smith (D&C 11)

6 Now, as you have asked, behold, I say unto you, keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of aZion.

Joseph Knight Sr (D&C 12)

6 Now, as you have asked, behold, I say unto you, keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of aZion.

David Whitmer (D&C 14)

6 Seek to bring forth and establish my Zion. Keep my commandments in all things.

Notice a theme? The answer was basically the same to those that asked the prophet, Joseph Smith, what the Lord wanted them to do.

So how do we establish Zion?

A read-my-mind question, Who is my favorite example of establishing Zion among a wicked people similar to our situation today? Answer: Enoch.

In Genesis 5 we get the following:

22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:

24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Hebrews 11:5 tells us:

5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Jude 1:14:

14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

We get about 5 verses in the bible giving us some account of the work Enoch did.

One of the reasons it’s called the Pearl of Great Price, meaning something of great value…

The book of Moses in the Pearl of Great Price has 114 verses on the work of Enoch.

Moses 6:26 through the end of Moses 7 gives us an account of how God spoke to him and called him to his work. Here are some of the key passages:

27 And he heard a voice from heaven, saying: Enoch, my son, prophesy unto this people, and say unto them—Repent, for thus saith the Lord: I am angry with this people, and my fierce anger is kindled against them; for their hearts have waxed hard, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes cannot see afar off;

28 And for these many generations, ever since the day that I created them, have they gone astray, and have denied me, and have sought their own counsels in the dark; and in their own abominations have they devised murder, and have not kept the commandments, which I gave unto their father, Adam.

31 And when Enoch had heard these words, he bowed himself to the earth, before the Lord, and spake before the Lord, saying: Why is it that I have found favor in thy sight, and am but a lad, and all the people hate me; for I am slow of speech; wherefore am I thy servant?

32 And the Lord said unto Enoch: Go forth and do as I have commanded thee, and no man shall pierce thee. Open thy mouth, and it shall be filled, and I will give thee utterance, for all flesh is in my hands, and I will do as seemeth me good.

33 Say unto this people: Choose ye this day, to serve the Lord God who made you.

37 And it came to pass that Enoch went forth in the land, among the people, standing upon the hills and the high places, and cried with a loud voice, testifying against their works; and all men were offended because of him.

47 And as Enoch spake forth the words of God, the people trembled, and could not stand in his presence.

69 And Enoch and all his people walked with God, and he dwelt in the midst of Zion; and it came to pass that Zion was not, for God received it up into his own bosom; and from thence went forth the saying, Zion is Fled.

What was the work he was called to?

1. Enoch prepared himself. He was worthy to hear the voice of the Lord. (v. 26-27)

2. He accepted his calling even though it meant persecution. He had some trepidation (v. 31,32)

And how was his preaching received initially? (v37, all were offended because of him)

Any comparison to how some of us have felt recently? Do we offend?

But let’s look at the power of Enoch that brought about a Zion people so righteous they were taken up into heaven. What does this record of Enoch show Enoch doing verses 41 through 11 of the next chapter? He’s teaching. Teaching and Testifying to those who God asked him to teach. Many repented, many became enemies, but those who chose to follow Enoch became Zion.

So are you called to stand on the high hills and preach with a loud voice? Probably not. Then what is your calling? I will refer to Brother Uchdorf’s talk from last conference.

Lift Where You Stand

Some years ago in our meetinghouse in Darmstadt, Germany, a group of brethren was asked to move a grand piano from the chapel to the adjoining cultural hall, where it was needed for a musical event. None were professional movers, and the task of getting that gravity-friendly instrument through the chapel and into the cultural hall seemed nearly impossible. Everybody knew that this task required not only physical strength but also careful coordination. There were plenty of ideas, but not one could keep the piano balanced correctly. They repositioned the brethren by strength, height, and age over and over again—nothing worked.

As they stood around the piano, uncertain of what to do next, a good friend of mine, Brother Hanno Luschin, spoke up. He said, “Brethren, stand close together and lift where you stand.”

It seemed too simple. Nevertheless, each lifted where he stood, and the piano rose from the ground and moved into the cultural hall as if on its own power. That was the answer to the challenge. They merely needed to stand close together and lift where they stood.

I have often thought of Brother Luschin’s simple idea and have been impressed by its profound truth. Tonight I would like to expand on that simple concept, “lift where you stand.”

Take the example of Enoch. Look how he prepared himself to hear the council of the Lord to him. Examine the calling you’ve been given. Learn how Enoch spoke and taught and the faith he exercised on behalf of those he had been given responsibility over. Align your goals with those of Enoch. And do it all by lifting where you stand.

We have been given the teachings and examples, and the spirit has testified to us that the work before us the very work of God, given to us to fulfill that commandment, “Seek to bring forth and establish my Zion.”

Aliso Viejo

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