"We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive it's paradisiacal glory."
Elder L. Tom Perry, late member of the quorum of the twelve apostles, describes the importance of this doctrine this way,
"Article 10 tells of our belief 'in the literal gathering of Israel,' that Zion will be built again and Christ will return and 'reign personally upon the earth.' It was in June of 1830 that Samuel Smith, the brother of the Prophet, embarked on the first missionary journey to proclaim the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Thus began the gathering of Zion. The word went forth from Mount Zion to the peoples of the earth that the gospel had been restored. Today the work of uniting our Father in Heaven’s children continues as we prepare for His ultimate return, for His millennial reign over the earth."
Jesus Christ will come again to reign personally on the earth. Just this truth alone fills me with hope, peace, and true joy. Each of us has a part in the "gathering" spoken of in this article of faith. First, we must come unto Christ ourselves, be baptized, and keep His commandments. But this is not all. We must receive every sacred ordinance necessary to qualify for eternal life, and share the gospel with others. We can each help prepare for the return of our Savior by helping others come unto Him, and do their part to build Zion once again on the earth.
I know this is true. We must not wait until Christ comes again to worship Him, love Him, and fearlessly follow Him. We are enlisted now- today. The gospel of Jesus Christ is true. Truth has been restored to the earth. We can confidently lay aside everything that "doth easily beset" us. (Alma 7:15, Book of Mormon) We must decide if we will enlist in this great gathering. I pray that we will come in faith.
Posted by Brooke Kamalu- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.