This is the first half of a two-part lesson on zion’s camp and membership counsels.
Stayed tuned for the second half which will count for next week’s podcast. Although it will be available Saturday Morning.
From the manual:
The Saints in Kirtland were heartbroken to hear that their brothers and sisters in Jackson County, Missouri, were being driven from their homes. It must have been encouraging, then, when the Lord declared that “the redemption of Zion” would “come by power” (Doctrine and Covenants 103:15). With that promise in their hearts, over 200 men, plus about 25 women and children, enlisted in what they called the Camp of Israel, later known as Zion’s Camp. Its mission was to march to Missouri and redeem Zion.
To the members of the camp, redeeming Zion meant restoring the Saints to their land. But just before the camp arrived in Jackson County, the Lord told Joseph Smith to stop and disband Zion’s Camp. Some members of the camp were confused and upset by this new instruction; to them, it meant the expedition failed and the Lord’s promises were not fulfilled. Others, however, saw it differently. While the exiled Saints never returned to Jackson County, the experience did bring a degree of “redemption” to Zion, and it did “come by power.” Faithful members of Zion’s Camp, many of whom later became leaders of the Church, testified that the experience deepened their faith in God’s power, in Joseph Smith’s divine call, and in Zion—not just Zion the place but Zion the people of God. Rather than questioning the value of this seemingly unsuccessful task, they learned that the real task is to follow the Savior, even when we don’t understand everything. This is how Zion, ultimately, will be redeemed.
Letter from a modern day hero.
Modern day hero
“Hi Melanie. I’m sitting outside the pharmacy after getting my first dose of the vaccine. And I can’t believe I’m here. I told the people closest to me that I wouldn’t get this vaccine for a million dollars. My family members have led the fight against this vaccine from day one. I’ve been an activist against this vaccine. I’ve been a proud anti-vaxxer since the 90’s. I have 4 kids and none of them have been given any vaccines from the day they were born. That’s just a bit of backstory to show you how completely ironic it is that I’m sitting here now…….
When the 1st presidency counseled us to get the vaccine, I was in turmoil. I couldn’t sleep, I was crying all the time, and I was so confused. But one thing I knew for sure was that I was never going to refuse to follow counsel that I felt was for me. No matter my personal convictions. If there is a sifting going on, I don’t want to end up on the wrong side of things
So I started cutting back on all the political stuff I had been consuming. I unsubscribed from all the daily emails that were keeping me angry and afraid and judging all the people. The spirit started to show me that there are lies and confusion on both sides. My mind gradually was guided to focus more on what really matters: my relationship with God and living my life how He wants me to. I don’t think He wanted me continuing down that road of outrage and resistance. I was already feeling the blessing that He wanted me to have: peace and comfort. But what about that vaccine?? Your videos in the closet and podcasts touched me deeply. Honestly it was brutal to really get honest with myself and God. It was really REALLY humbling to admit that MAYBE I had been wrong. That President Nelson knows more than I do. That God corrects me sometimes with a big slap in the face.I finally couldn’t deny it anymore that God wanted ME to get the vaccine. I made an appointment without knowing if I would actually show up for it. I talked to my doctor, I read the scriptures and conference talks (Elder Eyring’s talk on finding peace in counsel was spot on 🙌🏻) and I prayed A LOT. I even got a blessing from my wonderful ministering brother (because my dad and brothers are all still 100% against this). And I am so grateful that I took President Nelson’s advice to learn how to receive personal revelation and to HEAR HIM. I know the spirit communicated with my heart that the vaccine, for whatever reason (which I don’t understand), was what I needed to do. Even though I cried as I sat there getting the shot, I felt peace in my heart. And I know that was the Spirit. I trust Him. I don’t have to know all the reasons why He asks me to do things. But I can trust that He’s got this. He’s in control. He can see the end from the beginning.I don’t know what will happen with my family. My parents and siblings are 100% opposed to all this, to the point of some of them having one foot out of the church over it. They are very upset that I was talking about following this counsel. They can’t understand how I could even think about it. Even though I may be rejected and ridiculed by them now, I know things will be ok in the end. I know God won’t let me down. …..”