We have all the material we need to build up Zion, and I wish the Spirit of Zion to extend from heart to heart, and from house to house. This good work must commence in each person (Brigham Young, February 23, 1862, Journal of Discourses 9:283-84).
The Spirit of Zion
Apostle Russell M. Nelson acknowledged that "some among us still have neither perceived the Spirit of Elijah nor its power" (GC., October 1994). Likewise I believe that "some among us still have neither perceived the Spirit of Zion nor its power." President Brigham Young taught:
"When the father of a family wishes to make a Zion in his own house, he must take the lead in this good work, which it is impossible for him to do unless he himself possesses the Spirit of Zion. Before he can produce the work of sanctification in his family, he must sanctify himself, and by this means God can help him to sanctify his family. There are many families in this community that have constantly with them the Spirit of Zion."
President Brigham Young went on saying that "we have all the material we need to build up Zion, and I wish the Spirit of Zion to extend from heart to heart, and from house to house. This good work must commence in each person" (JD 9:283-84, February 23, 1862).
This gospel principle President Brigham Young called the Spirit of Zion is a principle comparable to the the "spirit of the Book of Mormon" and the "Spirit of Elijah."
The Spirit of of the Book of Mormon
Apostle David A. Bednar once spoke about the "distinctive spirit of the Book of Mormon" and how "youth of all ages, even infants, can and do respond" to that spirit. Elder Bednar said that "children may not understand all of the words and stories [of the Book of Mormon] but they certainly can feel the "familiar spirit" described by Isaiah (Isaiah 29:4; see also 2 Nephi 26:16)" (GC., April 2010). In a similar manner, we too can feel the "familiar spirit" of Zion although we may not understand all the teachings about Zion.
The Spirit of Elijah
"In 1844," said Elder Nelson, "Joseph Smith asked, "What is this office and work of Elijah?" The Prophet promptly answered his own question: "It is one of the greatest and most important subjects that God has revealed...This is the spirit of Elijah, that we redeem our dead, and connect ourselves with our fathers which are in heaven...This is the power of Elijah and the keys of the kingdom of Jehovah."" Elder Nelson went on explaining what happen to those who feel the Spirit of Elijah:
"The Spirit of Elijah will inspire individual members of the Church to link their generations, rather than submit lists of people or popular personalities to whom they are unrelated" (1994).
The Spirit of Elijah is not restricted to members of the Church only. On a different occasion Elder Nelson taught:
"This restoration was accompanied by what is sometimes called the Spirit of Elijah-a manifestation of the Holy Ghost bearing witness of the divine nature of the family. Hence, people throughout the world, regardless of religious affiliation, are gathering records of deceased relatives at an ever-increasing rate" (GC., April 1998).
In his October 1990 general conference address, Elder Richard G. Scott of the Twelve declared:
"I testify that the spirit of Elijah is touching the hearts of many of Father's children throughout the world, causing the work for the dead to accelerate at an unprecedented pace" (GC., October 1990).
In a similar manner, the Spirit of Zion inspires people to turn toward Zion and make its building their "greatest object." Like the Spirit of Elijah, the Spirit of Zion inspires and touches people's hearts throughout the world "causing the work for the [redemption of Zion] to accelerate." The fact that you, the reader, have come to this site and are reading this may be a sign that you are feeling the Spirit of Zion and if you continue nourishing this feeling by studying more about Zion you will eventually hear the Call of Zion.
The Call of Zion
LDS author John M. Pontius said that before Zion is built the Call of Zion "must be heard once again."
"Before we as a people, or as an individual, can rise to the glorious challenge of building our latter-day Zion, the "call of Zion" must be heard once again. Every entrant into that holy city will have heard its mighty tolling in their hearts and made sweeping personal preparations to be worthy of Zion, or Zion will be invisible to them."
Pontius went on explaining what the "call of Zion" is and what happens to those who hear it.
"By referring to the call of Zion, nothing special or unusual is being suggested. All truths are obtained this way. One might coin the phrase "the call of the Book of Mormon" to define the feelings, the interest, the urging that precedes a revealed testimony of the Book of Mormon. It is this "call" by the Holy Spirit that motivates the first curious look, the first turned pages, the scattered reading, and finally a heartfelt prayer of inquiry. Chapters could be written on the process. Suffice it to say that most revealed truths grow in this way."
"If the latter-day Zion is truth, if we must be the dispensation that builds it, if the time ever arrives that we must obtain a profound and personal part in Zion - then the God of Salvation will send forth a quiet call via the Holy Spirit that will whisper within the souls of all whose ears are divinely tuned to such things, and that tinkling truth will be "the call of Zion"" (The Triumph of Zion, p. 84).
Those hearing the Call of Zion would be inspired to move to action and not wait for an official call or program from Salt Lake City to build Zion starting with ourselves individually, then with our families, our wards and our stakes. "Today we are still awaiting the promised redemption of Zion," wrote LDS author Larry Barkdull. "But if we are waiting to become Zion individually in response to a Zion program issued from the Church headquarters, we are being deceived and irresponsible. Zion is us! Right now - today!" (The Three Pillars of Zion, 2009, p. 34). For these members, Zion will no longer be just a theory or a wish.
Not just a theory:
"The work of building up Zion," said President Brigham Young, "is in every sense a practical work; it is not a mere theory," President Young continued:
"To possess an inheritance in Zion or in Jerusalem only in theory - only in imagination - would be the same as having no inheritance at all."
Those who are filled with the Spirit of Zion and who can hear its Call would have Zion in their views constantly as it was the case with President Young. "I have Zion in my view constantly," said President Young. He continued: "We are not going to wait for angels, or for Enoch and his company to come and build up Zion, but we are going to build it" (JD., 9:284). These members would also understand what Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin meant when he said:
"Zion will not arise simply because we wish it to. It will arise because we will it to-because we apply our minds, our muscle, and our hearts in bringing it to pass. The work of creation requires all the best within us, but what a great and noble goal to seek for Zion" (The Ensign, January 2006).