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Relationship to Chapters 6-8. The relationship of Verses 7:1-19 to the rest of Chapters 6-8 is discussed at Chapters 6-8.
Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Verses 7:1-19 include:
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- Moses 7:18: Three standards of Zion condition. This verse appears to establish a three part test for what constitutes a Zion standard of society:
- Unity: "They were of one heart and one mind." See the discussion of unity at D&C 42:3.
- Righteousness: "They dwelt in righteousness." See the discussion of the Ten Commandments and Zion at Exodus 20.
- Charity: "There was no poor among them."
- Also see the discussion of four components of Zion.
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- Moses 7:18. See No Poor Among Them by Lindon J. Robison in Journal of Book of Mormon Studies Volume 14 Issue 1.
- Moses 7:18. See Come to Zion by Elder D. Todd Christofferson for a treatise on the Unity, Holiness, and Caring for the Poor that characterize Zion.
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