If Zion is ever going to be reared, it will require a people who are of one heart and one mind. They will be such, because they are one with the Holy Spirit, which Joseph Smith defined as the mind of God. (Lectures on Faith 5:2)
Such people, united in the mind of God, will have no poor among them because they will be of a mind to care for the poor.
But this unity won't happen by magic. It will take much effort, time, study, patience, and thought to gain the necessary familiarity with the Holy Spirit and commune with God, both individually and as groups. There will be personal and group efforts, study, and experimentation. Said Joseph Smith:
...the things of God are of deep import; and time, and experience, and careful and ponderous and solemn thoughts can only find them out. Thy mind, O man! if thou wilt lead a soul unto salvation, must stretch as high as the utmost heavens, and search into and contemplate the darkest abyss, and the broad expanse of eternity—thou must commune with God. (TPJS 137)And so, to this end, I'm delighted to announce an upcoming opportunity for like-minded individuals and groups to come together in faith, worship, and communion with God.
Bret Corbridge (author of 77 Truths) has selflessly been working very hard behind the scenes to plan a retreat/reunion for those who are seeking to commune with God and prepare themselves to one day be Zion.
This will be a wonderful event, and I'm looking forward to attending and participating. I've never been to the Grand Mesa in Colorado, though I've heard great things about it, both as it is now, and as it will one day be.
But even better than the location will be the opportunity to rub shoulders with so many of you as we learn, worship, and praise together this May.
I hope to see you there!
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