Handout on Zion for Beehives today (YW Youth Curriculum December 2013)


I loved teaching Beehives today! I love talking about foundational concepts with them and seeing them really grasp a simple but powerful sense of those concepts. Today we learned about Zion. We talked about Zion of old, Zion to come, what we can do in our families, or what to do when you find yourself surrounded by people not being good (do you escape? teach? hide out?). Lots of good conversation. Anyway, I thought I’d copy the handout we used here, for my own future reference if nothing else:

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Zion: Moses 7:16-18 (the story of Enoch’s city, in the Pearl of Great Price)

The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object.”…In our families and in our stakes and districts, let us seek to build up Zion through unity, godliness, and charity, preparing for that great day when Zion, the New Jerusalem, will arise. – D. Todd Christofferson, Oct 2008 conference

To come to Zion, it is not enough for you or me to be somewhat less wicked than others. We are to become not only good but holy men and women. – D. Todd Christofferson, Oct 2008 conference

We can make Zion, or we can make Babylon, just as we please. We can make just what we please of this place. The people can make Zion: they can make a heaven within themselves. When people gather here, they should come with a determination to make Zion within themselves, with the resolution that “I will carry myself full of the Spirit of Zion wherever I go; … for I mean that my spirit shall have control over evil:” and do you not see that such a course will make Zion? – Brigham Young

We will become of one heart and one mind as we individually place the Savior at the center of our lives and follow those He has commissioned to lead us. – D. Todd Christofferson, Oct 2008 conference

Admit that the Spirit of the Lord should give us understanding, what would it prove to us? It would prove to me, at least, and what I may safely say to this congregation, that Zion is here. Whenever we are disposed to give ourselves perfectly to righteousness, to yield all the powers and faculties of the soul (which is the spirit and the body, and it is there where righteousness dwells); when we are swallowed up in the will of Him who has called us; when we enjoy the peace and the smiles of our Father in Heaven, the things of His Spirit, and all the blessings we are capacitated to receive and improve upon, then are we in Zion, that is Zion. – Brigham Young

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