Zion is the Pure in Heart:
“Therefore, verily, thus saith the Lord, let Zion rejoice, for this is Zion – The Pure in Heart; therefore, let Zion rejoice, while all the wicked shall mourn.” D&C 97:21
Zion is a distinct place:
“And the nations of the Earth shall honour her, and shall say: Surely Zion is the City of our God, and surely Zion cannot fall, neither be moved out of her place, for God is there, and the hand of the Lord is there; and he hath sworn by the power of his might to be her salvation and her high tower.” D&C 97:19-20
Zion requires the Celestial Law:
“And Zion cannot be built up unless it is by the principles of the Law of the Celestial Kingdom; otherwise I cannot receive her unto myself.” D&C 105:5 (This refers to The Law of Consecration,
See also v 4, 29, 32, 34 and D&C 58:19, 82:15, 97:25, 119:1, 3, 5, and 6, D&C 78:4-8.)
Hugh Nibley a great advocate of Zion stated:
Zion is any community in which the Celestial Order prevails.
Zion is the pure in heart,
But Zion is also a real city or any number of real cities.
See BYU lecture series 1971/2 ‘Our glory or our condemnation’
See the study “A scriptural study of Zion at
If Zion is anything like that, there will be long lines to get in.]]>
I know The Matrix has “Zion” references in it but your vid clip doesn’t show any of that. Instead, it looks like just another excuse to play some kick ass action scenes. Awesome.]]>
I don’t think Zion can exist as a place as long as humans are in charge but I think it can be a state of mind that we might achieve each week in Gospel Doctrine class or maybe at the Temple.]]>
As a physical place: The city New Jerusalem–>North America–>the World in the Millennium
As a concept: Unity, in the purest sense of the word. Something we must achieve as a people, possibly before the Millennium can start.
Gentile use: Other than the above reference and a few other scattered uses, I don’t see anyone really talking about Zion, not even the most avid Bible studying groups. It’s usually considered just another word for/describing Jerusalem.
Also, I am a big fan of Nibley’s “Approaching Zion”]]>