Moses 7 – “The Lord Called His People Zion”

January 24, 2022 to January 30, 2022

Moses 7 teaches us about the potential for divine nature that we all possess. As Enoch saw the misery and wickedness of humankind, he wept and his heart swelled, foreshadowing the atonement of Jesus Christ. As we increase our consecration and our compassion, we can live as Enoch and his city did.   


“The LDS Story of Enoch as the Culminating Episode of a Temple Text,” Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, BYU Studies 53, no. 1

Moses 7 gives a detailed account of how and why Enoch and his people created a holy city. The general structure of the second half of the Book of Moses follows a pattern exemplifying faithfulness and unfaithfulness to a specific sequence of covenants that is familiar to members of the Church who have received the temple endowment. The story of Enoch and his people in these latter chapters of the Book of Moses provides a vivid demonstration of the final steps on the path that leads back to God and up to exaltation.

“Enoch,” Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Rulon D. Eames, James H. Charlesworth, Lewis R. Church

This short article overviews what we know about Enoch from Moses 6-7 and from three ancient Hebrew apocalyptic books of Enoch. 

“Enoch and the City of Zion: Can an Entire Community Ascend to Heaven?,” David J. Larsen, BYU Studies Quarterly 53, no. 1
One of the most significant additions to the Book of Genesis in Joseph Smith’s inspired translation of the Bible is to the story of the prophet Enoch, who the biblical record briefly implies was taken up into heaven alive. In Joseph Smith’s rendering of the story, however, not only Enoch, as an individual, ascends into heaven, but also his entire community. This article explores the notion of communal ascent in ancient Jewish and Christian literature and seeks to find affinities with the story of Enoch’s Zion found in the LDS Book of Moses. Ancient narratives such as The History of the Rechabites provide some interesting parallels, however the idea of a group ascending into heaven is more strikingly presented in texts that are arguably designed for ritual purposes, as we see with the biblical Epistle to the Hebrews and the Hodayot and Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice texts from among the Dead Sea Scrolls. We can see in these texts a pattern that entails an individual being taken up into heaven and taught the celestial mysteries, then being appointed to return and teach others so that they can also, as a group, ascend into the heavenly realm.

“Zion, Zion, Zion: Keys to Understanding Ether 13,” Jeffrey S. O’Driscoll, The Book of Mormon: Fourth Nephi through Moroni, From Zion to Destruction, BYU Religious Studies Center 

What do we know about the return of the city of Enoch? What role will the people of Enoch play in the millennium? Zion is both a social structure and a geographic location. This article looks at Moses 7, Ether 13, Revelation, and the Doctrine and Covenants to understand Zion as a goal for all Saints.  

“The Narrative Call Pattern in the Prophetic Commission of Enoch (Moses 6),” Stephen D. Ricks, BYU Studies 26, no. 4 

There is a striking example of a “narrative” type call in the prophetic commission of Enoch in Moses 6:23–36. This study considers the elements of the narrative call pattern; those elements of this form found in the prophetic commission of Enoch are examined and compared with the biblical narrative call passages.

“Book of Moses Essays,” Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, at Book of Mormon Central and Pearl of Great Price Central 

These essays, with MP3 audio versions, delve into the philosophical aspects of the book of Moses.  

“A Strange Thing in the Land: The Return of the Book of Enoch,” Hugh W. Nibley

This series of 12 articles (later published in The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, volume 2, Enoch the Prophet) examines the Enoch account in the book of Moses. It includes information about the pseudepigraphic books of Enoch and Joseph Smith’s teachings on Enoch. 

Part 1, Ensign October 1975

Part 2, Ensign December 1975  

Part 3, Ensign February 1976

Part 4, Ensign March 1976

Part 5, Ensign April 1976 

Part 6, Ensign July 1976

Part 7, Ensign October 1976

Part 8, Ensign December 1976

Part 9, Ensign February 1977

Part 10, Ensign March 1977

Part 11, Ensign April 1977 

Part 12, Ensign June 1977