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What is Zion?

The Lord commands us to “seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion” (D&C 6:6). Zion refers to the Lord’s people who are of one heart and one mind and dwell together in righteousness. We can establish Zion by building unity and spiritual strength in our homes, wards or branches, and communities.

Prepare yourself spiritually

Prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What do you feel will help the young women learn how to establish the cause of Zion?

Mosiah 18:21; D&C 38:26–27 (We should seek unity)

1 Nephi 13:37; D&C 6:6 (Seek to bring forth Zion)

4 Nephi 1:1–18 (The Nephites and Lamanites live together in a Zion-like state)

D&C 97:21; Moses 7:18 (What is Zion?)

Henry B. Eyring, “Our Hearts Knit as One,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2008, 68–71

D. Todd Christofferson, “Come to Zion,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2008, 37–40

Bonnie L. Oscarson, “Sisterhood: Oh, How We Need Each Other,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2014

Zion,” True to the Faith (2004), 189–90

As Sisters in Zion, Hymns, no. 309

Share experiences

At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.

Introduce the doctrine

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Write “Zion” on the board, and ask the young women to list words that come to mind when they think of Zion. Invite them to read pages 189–90 of True to the Faith to add to their definition. What is our role as women in building Zion?
  • Sing together the first verse of “As Sisters in Zion” (Hymns, no. 309). Ask the young women to find words and phrases in the hymn that teach about Zion. Encourage the young women to share what they believe their role is in establishing a Zion-like home, ward, or community.

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help the young women understand what Zion is. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:

  • Read as a class D&C 38:27 and Moses 7:18. What does it mean to be of one heart and one mind? Why is unity such an important part of building Zion? Divide one of the conference talks in this outline among the young women, and ask them to find principles that could help us achieve more unity in our families and as a Young Women class. Invite the young women to write the principles they find on the board. What are some obstacles that prevent young women from achieving unity? How can they overcome these obstacles? Encourage the young women to set personal goals to apply one of these principles to increase the unity in their families. Work together to set a similar goal to be more united as a class.
  • As a class, read the first five paragraphs of Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s talk “Come to Zion,” looking for answers to the question “What does it mean to flee Babylon and come to Zion?” Divide the class into three groups, and assign each of the groups to read the “Unity,” “Holiness,” or “Caring for the Poor” section of the talk. Invite them to discuss in their groups things they can do to apply these principles to build Zion in their current and future homes. Ask them to share what they discussed with the rest of the class.
  • Divide the class into two groups. Ask one group to read and discuss Mosiah 18:21 and Doctrine and Covenants 97:21, and ask the other group to read and discuss Doctrine and Covenants 38:27 and Moses 7:18. Invite the groups to plan an object lesson they could use to teach the rest of the class what they learned from their scriptures (if they need help, share with them “Comparisons and Object Lessons” on pages 163–64 of Teaching, No Greater Call). Ask them to share their ideas with each other. What do they learn from these scriptures that can help them build Zion in their families, their class, and their ward or branch?
  • Invite the young women to read 4 Nephi 1:1–18 and list on the board words or phrases that describe the Zion-like society the Nephites and Lamanites established after the coming of Christ. Invite them to make another list of specific things they can do as individuals or as a class to live these principles and encourage others to do the same.

Ask the young women to share what they learned today. What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they understand what Zion is? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time on this doctrine?

Live what we are learning

Invite the young women to consider how they will live by what they have learned today. For example, they could:

  • Reach out to someone who doesn’t feel included in their circle of friends.
  • Strengthen a relationship with a family member or friend (see Divine Nature value experience 3 in Personal Progress).