The Savior prophesied that He would establish a group of people on the American continent, that they would build a city called the New Jerusalem, and that He would gather His people to this new city:
And it shall come to pass that I will establish my people, O house of Israel.
And behold, this people will I establish in this land, unto the fulfilling of the covenant which I made with your father Jacob; and it shall be a New Jerusalem. And the powers of heaven shall be in the midst of this people; yea, even I will be in the midst of you.3 Nephi 20:21-22
[The Gentiles who repent] shall assist my people, the remnant of Jacob, and also as many of the house of Israel as shall come, that they may build a city, which shall be called the New Jerusalem.
And then shall they assist my people that they may be gathered in, who are scattered upon all the face of the land, in unto the New Jerusalem.3 Nephi 21:23-24
President Henry B. Eyring recently taught us more about this city. When the Savior returns to the earth, He “will come to a people who have been gathered and prepared to live as the people did in the city of Enoch” (“Sisters in Zion,” General Conference, October 2020).
Anciently, the prophet Enoch led a group of people in a city called Zion. Those people became so unified, holy, and charitable that they were lifted up to heaven. (See Genesis 5:24, Hebrews 11:5, Moses 7:69.) The Lord promised Enoch that his people would one day return to earth to joyfully meet a similar group of people in a city called the New Jerusalem:
And righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine elect from the four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare, an Holy City, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion, a New Jerusalem.
And the Lord said unto Enoch: Then shalt thou and all thy city meet them there, and we will receive them into our bosom, and they shall see us; and we will fall upon their necks, and they shall fall upon our necks, and we will kiss each other.Moses 7:62-63
President Eyring emphasized to the women of the Church that they would fulfill an important role in the establishment of this unified and holy people:
You sisters, your daughters, your granddaughters, and the women you have nurtured will be at the heart of creating that society of people who will join in glorious association with the Savior. You will be an essential force in the gathering of Israel and in the creation of a Zion people who will dwell in peace in the New Jerusalem.“Sisters in Zion,” General Conference, October 2020
Today, I will contribute to the establishment of a peaceful and holy society, prepared to meet the Savior when He returns to the earth. I will be grateful for the influence of righteous women in helping to establish a Zion community.