The Church of Jesus Christ is rooted in the truth of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s vision for mankind as communicated through scripture. It represents the kingdom of Jesus Christ as He established it here on earth; restored in glory for mankind with the same gifts, ordinances, structure and faith. The Church serves humbly as a gateway through which God’s spirit can be shared with the world. It is a spiritual home for people across the globe and a conduit for God’s blessings and miracles.
1 Nephi 21 includes the Book of Mormon's first descriptions of a place and time period known as "Zion." Although there is much that can be written about Zion — and perhaps will be in future blog articles — this particular article focuses on Zion as Israel's gathering place, as described in chapter 21.
Scattering of Israel
The story of Zion begins with the descendants of Jacob (a.k.a. Israel), also known as the "House of Israel." The House of Israel were God's "chosen people," but due to their unbelief (especially in Christ), they found themselves scattered throughout the world. Even today, we only know of two of the twelve "tribes" of Israel (Judah and Joseph); the whereabouts of the other 10 are still unknown.
Not long ago, I had the opportunity to meet with some leaders in Washington D.C. One individual we met was an older man from Ghana, someone with a lot of global power and ability in his job.
He told us that when he was a child he would walk to the airport for two hours every night.
“Why do you think I did that?” he asked.
We all looked around at each other, none of us wanting to say the wrong thing.