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Building the Kingdom

The message of the Restoration includes the joyful announcement that God reigns (D&C 128:19). The reign, or kingdom, of God refers to Christ's victory over evil and the enactment of God's will on earth (Matt. 6:10; D&C 49:6; 65:6).

At times the scriptures speak of God's kingdom as future. These passages invite us to look forward to a better world, a world in which Christ will gather and feed God's children (1 Ne. 22:24-25), establish peace and justice (2 Ne. 19:7; D&C 1:36), and fulfill the millennial promises, including renewal for the earth (A of F 10). In the temple, we pledge to use our gifts to help bring this better world to pass. In other passages, the scriptures speak of the kingdom as a present reality that God has given to the Saints. These passages are meant to inspire hope and dispel fear (D&C 35:26-27). They assure us that Christ is always with us, leading us along, giving us power to overcome all things (D&C 50:35; 62:9; 78:17-18).

The kingdom is not only a spiritual reality, nor is it simply a synonym for the LDS Church. Historically, the Saints have understood that building the kingdom means establishing a social, political, and economic order that embodies gospel values. Creating such an order is not a task for Latter-day Saints alone. Early Mormon leaders envisioned that the kingdom of God on earth will be comprised of people from many faiths living together in peace, good will, and love.

 O Saints of Zion (Hymns 39)
 Sing Praise to Him (Hymns 70)
 Praise to the Lord, the Almighty  (Hymns 72)

John Taylor: What is the meaning of "thy kingdom come"? It means . . . that there is a God who is willing to guide and direct and sustain his people. . . . Thy kingdom come, that the confusion, the evil, and wickedness, the murder and bloodshed that now exist among mankind may be done away, and the principles of truth and right, the principles of kindness, charity, and love as they dwell in the bosom of the Gods, may dwell with us.
Journal of Discourses 23:177-78

George Q. Cannon: It has been proclaimed by Joseph Smith; it has been proclaimed by Brigham Young; it has been proclaimed by John Taylor; it has been proclaimed by Wilford Woodruff, and all the leading Elders associated with them, that God intended to organize a Kingdom on the earth that should not be composed of Latter-day Saints alone, but that members of that Kingdom should belong to other religious denominations, as well as to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This has been a cardinal doctrine of this Church.
Gospel Truth (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1987), 325

John A. Widtsoe: After nearly two thousand years we are far from the realization of a kingdom of God, on earth, operating in the spirit of Christ, with peace and good will as gifts to humanity. . . . Nevertheless, the Church knows that the kingdom of God will be established. Its coming is certain. God is never defeated. He is always the victor. The establishment of the kingdom must be our constant objective. . . . May the nations obtain the view of the coming kingdom, and shape their actions accordingly.
An Understandable Religion (Independence, MO: Zion's Printing & Publishing, 1944), 191-92

David O. McKay: The world today is in a state of confusion and unrest. Poverty, suffering, cruelty, crime, treachery, and war afflict the human race. Why? Because men seek first their own selfish aims—seek first the subjugation of others—seek first aggrandizement and domination. The source of it all lies in the dominating thoughts harbored by rulers and leaders who reject the kingdom of God and seek first personal and national gain, at the cost of subjugation and, if necessary, the extermination of other persons and nations.
Home Memories of President David O. McKay (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1956), 242-43

Marie Cornwall: We can build the kingdom of God by building ourselves as we build a community of women. That means that we must support our sisters as they confront real problems: abuse in all its forms, sexual harassment, rape, such economic problems as poverty and wage discrimination, the lack of good child care. Let us open our hearts to mourn with these women. To comfort them. To witness to them not only of God's love but of their individual worth in our community.
"Diversity in Zion: Come into the Fold of God," Women and Christ: Living the Abundant Life
(Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1993), 188

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