Zion: A name that has had a number of different meanings throughout Mormon history. Zion is a name given by the Lord to his saints. “And the Lord called his people Zion” (Moses 7:18). Zion was the name given to Jackson County, Missouri, in a number of Joseph Smith’s revelations (D&C 58:49; 62:4). In 1831, Joseph Smith said Jackson County would come to be known as the New Jerusalem (D&C 45:66-67). In 1844, Smith said that the Land of Zion comprised all of North and South America (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 362). In the Bible, Zion was the highest and southwesternmost hill in Jerusalem. Zion is also used in the Bible to describe the heavenly New Jerusalem (Revelation 14:1).
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