edited by Paul A. Wellington

"Seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion." These are familiar words to the Saints. First given in the prophetic ministry of Joseph Smith, Jr., on April 5, 1829, this commandment has become one of the foundation stones of faith in the Restoration.

In the light of continuing revelation, the "cause of Zion" has become increasingly rich in meaning. Indeed, we have come to see in it the integrating principle of history, the challenge of the ages. It is the process of giving form and substance to the purpose of God in human life. Its resources are those of the universe, for the Lord himself has said in the inspired Word that spirit and element belong together: "firstly spiritual, secondly temporal, which is the beginning of my work; and again, firstly temporal, and secondly spiritual, which is the last of my work" (Doctrine and Covenants 28:8d).