The Dilemma of a Pernicious Zion

Mormon history and letters are replete with accounts of the conversion and immigration of the faithful to Zion and of their lives of hard but repaying labor settling the desert territories under the strong yet benevolent leadership of the Prophet Brigham Young. Difficulties, though sometimes belittled, were more than compensated for by the spiritual satisfaction gained through contributing to the building of Zion in the last days.

Such accounts glow with religious joy and testimony, and rightly so; for those saints who actually achieved the latter-day vision and followed it with all their hearts enjoyed a reward greater than any but themselves can know. Theirs was a great joy and belonging. But what of those among these early immigrants to Zion who did not catch the eternal vision. For such as these “Zion” brought not peace, but instead, the sword.

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 08:4
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