Why was there no poor in Zion? Because everyone ministered to everyone around them. This is how Zion is built. It’s also how to build the most effective singles groups and the wards and stakes where God’s Kingdom advances most readily. After all, how could a people in which everyone ministers to everyone not be of one heart and one mind?
Contrast this vision with the reality in far too many places. Many single members feel like second class citizens in the Church of Mormon Families. Many married members, busy with their families, easily embrace an attitude in which singles can do their own thing “over there.” Once singles get married, they can join their married friends in the “main group.”
Other married members, particularly those in leadership, want to do more but don’t really know how and have little if any time to investigate that question. Their schedules of family, work, and Church callings are full enough without having to concern themselves with the singles.
Still other leaders (single and married) content themselves with merely planning activities, as though another helping of Sunday School (more commonly called a fireside) or another dance served with a little fat and sugar (in various forms ranging from punch to candy to cookies) is all the singles really need.
Hello? Does this look like Zion to anybody?
But that dream doesn’t unfold into reality simply because it plays in our minds. If singles and marrieds each continue to associate mostly with others like them, then we’ll never live the dream. We must work together to make that dream a reality.
So let’s do that. Let’s reach out to others, especially those different than us, and work to meet their needs. Zion really can be only a helping hand away.
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