Envy, Part 7

Being Zion

A Civilization That's Just an Idea, So Far

Zion does not yet exist in our mortal world. Nor does the New Jerusalem which God will establish as a prelude to Zion. Why do these places, or better put, environments, not yet exist here? Some say we've done everything we can do. After all, we have a trillion-dollar institution to show for our efforts. Why, then, does the Lord tarry? Patience, they say. We've already established Zion, now we’re just waiting for the Guy to show up.

This is the creed of the foolish and self-assured virgins who lack latter-day oil in their lamps. They think their outward, things-of-this-world organization-building, is somehow linked with salvation. Their inner vessel is filled with false Nauvoo pride, maintained by restricting both Gospel and historical accuracy. This is another tragic example of the results of envy. Such are envious of the Alfred P. Sloan types and their General-Motors-style corporate hierarchy. And yet, they also envy the people of Enoch and Melchizedec. Only Mormons could create such a dichotomy.

God, alone, can create the Zion of the dispensation of the fulness of times. No man can accomplish that task. It is solely His. (Pun intended.) The many mortal battles left to fight are among the wicked. Our battle is with whatever is keeping us from our integrity, virtue, and honor, like envy. Beware of men in white robes bringing Zion to you. They want your envy as their reward for the counterfeit they deliver.

Envy leads to strife. 

We have enough strife in this world. Love God, and one another, are the commands, and to be one. Allow the Lord to calm your fears and doubts, learn patience and faith, and refuse to envy. Let it melt, and drain away.

Practice holiness, meekness, and lowliness of heart: 

“…wherefore, he must needs have charity. And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” (Moroni 7:44-45 LDS; Moroni 7:9 RE) 

To paraphrase Neal Maxwell: Can we endure being unsung?

Seek, with others, the Heavenly Gift. Teach yourself that envy is misery disguised.  Approach God with an open heart and ask for help if you find yourself stuck in the mire of envy. Let it melt.

The handle on the door separating you from our Savior, is on your side. You, only, have the power to open the door where He waits, for you. Open that door and you will find Him there, with a reassuring and forgiving hug. Confidence before the Lord is better than envy. 

Leave it in the dust behind you and move on to better things like becoming a Zion-worthy individual. Envy has no purchase for those with God’s law written in their hearts. Jesus Christ will have all know him. What could be better than that?

"...and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion..." (LDS Jer 3:14; RE Jer 2:3)

"...this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel: after those days, says the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts, and will be their God and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord — for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity and I will remember their sin no more." (LDS Jer 31:33-34; RE Jer 12:9)

I have said this many times: I am not obedient because I fear God's punishment. I am obedient because I want Him to be proud of me. In that effort, as I purge my sins including envy, with diligent effort and His grace, I look forward to His remembering my sins no more.  Now there's a worthy goal, don't you think?

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