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date: 20 September 2021

p. 353. Zionlocked

p. 353. Zionlocked

  • Richard Lyman Bushman


Although the meaning of Zion has changed since the Mormons founded their first city in Missouri, it gave rise to many of Mormonism's fundamental features. ‘Zion’ identifies these as consecration of property, a story of persecutions, and the charge to gather Israel. None of these exists now in its original form. Consecration has become a general principle of willingness to serve in the church, care for the poor, and tithe income. The experience of persecution has turned into a memory of heroic struggle. Missionaries no longer gather people to Zion or offer refuge against the calamities of the last day; they invite people into the multiple Zions in local congregations.

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