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- D&C 97:16. When should we expect to see God in the temple? (See related links)
- D&C 97:19. Do we believe that God will dwell with us in a literal city here on earth?
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- D&C 97:15-16. Elder David B Haight explained that the promise to see God in the temple has been fulfilled for some literally. He also explains here though that seeing God can mean "coming to know [God], discerning Him, recognizing Him and His work, perceiving His importance, or coming to understand Him." (See "Temples and Work Therein" from the October 1990 General Conference.)
- D&C 97:21. Russell M. Nelson, "The Gathering of Scattered Israel," Ensign, Nov 2006, pp. 79–82. :"Zion is wherever righteous Saints are. Publications, communications, and congregations are now such that nearly all members have access to the doctrines, keys, ordinances, and blessings of the gospel, regardless of their location. Spiritual security will always depend upon how one lives, not where one lives. Saints in every land have equal claim upon the blessings of the Lord."
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