So what is this strange and weird place known as Zion? It’s simple, like the carpenter’s Son.
I won’t say what the structure is, because it is without structure (from a certain point of view). In trying to structure it, I would recreate the whole world that Zion is the opposite of. The individual and family decisions to follow the Spirit and revelation is the structure of Zion. There is the Spirit of Zion which is what each individual must posses. That will assure that Zion will survive.
But some might say without blah blah blah and gov’t stuff, it will get shut down. I already talked about that earlier. In Zion everyone will do what they can and it will work. People will use the knowledge they have and abilities to help in areas they know and those they don’t. The thing is, it won’t be all sunshine and plenty. Some might think things are off because it isn’t going to be perfect and there might be times of hunger and suffering. There is always probation.
People might teach that when Christ was here He built His church and organized it. Where do they get that from? The scriptures? The scriptures teach that He called and ordained people to positions to share the Gospel and perform ordinances. That’s it. He never did anything like correlation or the humongous charts required to show the organization of callings and positions in a single “stake” of the LDS Church.
Zion is like Happiness. We don’t make it, we live our lives in a way so that we recieve it.
As soon as we start making all these rules about how Zion should be goverend or organized or maintained, Zion will end. Denver Snuffer said it really well in explaining if we tried to build the city of Zion with our Babylonian mindset:
Our “Zion” would be a commercial enterprise, with private ownership and capitalist competition to form an economic basis from which to build a strictly regimented and highly controlled people. Something so foreign to what Zion was meant to be that I rather think it would draw tornadoes in a proportion greater than trailer parks currently do in Mississippi.
So in Zion how will we be organized and what sort of system will there be? There won’t. Everyone will be following the Saviors example of putting others first and loving them. The inhabitants of Zion will be full of Charity. Charity will be the structure. That is it. That is what will make it work. When there is a need, people will step in and fulfill it. Why? Because they will want to do it. It will be a place where we are supporting each other and achieve the ideal relationship of friends.
DC 93:45 Verily, I say unto my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., or in other words, I will call you friends, for you are my friends, and ye shall have an inheritance with me
DC84:77 And again I say unto you, my friends, for from henceforth I shall call you friends, it is expedient that I give unto you this commandment, that ye become even as my friends in days when I was with them, traveling to preach the gospel in my power
Proverbs 27:10 Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbor that is near than a brother far off.
Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than abrother.
All will be equal. Everyone will recognize that the earth and all it’s possession are that of the Lord. We will understand that our inheritance is a stewardship over the Lord’s land. We will rejoice in the chance to truly fulfill the measure of our creation and raise our children in righteousness.
Moroni 8:17 And I am filled with charity, which is everlasting love; wherefore, all children are alike unto me; wherefore, I love little children with a perfect love; and they are all alike and partakers of salvation.
Does he differentiate between children? Everyone will work together and there will be no differences between us.
In summation, what is the structure of Zion? Zion is of one heart, one mind, no unrighteousness and no poor among them. They share the principles and ordinances of the gospel of faith, repentance, baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. They are friends. They are bonded with Charity. The Lord will be their God and He will guide them. That’s it.
That’s the structure of Zion. ya, not a lot to it. It’s simple and basic just like Jesus’ teachings and lifestyle.
We are not going to just save ourselves, but to be able to save all others. Perfect love.
At one point in reading that about charity and what friendships is, the roots of Babylon’s spirit within you probably whispered or shouted, “That’s stupid. That will never work. There is no structure in that. It will fail. Such a thing will fail.”
Now to understand Zion truly is to understand why it is Israel, the ones who rejected Jesus are the same ones who today repudiate Zion for the exact same reason. It is the lifestyle and structure that is so foreign to what we are comfortable with. If we reject it, as not true or ignore it, then it helps silence our conscience and the Holy Ghost.