The Center of Zion Will Be “One Place upon the Face of This Land”
8 Wherefore the decree hath gone forth from the Father that they shall be gathered in unto one place upon the face of this land, to prepare their hearts and be prepared in all things against the day when tribulation and desolation are sent forth upon the wicked.
Elder Orson F. Whitney said:
“Will our mission end here [in Utah]? Is the State of Utah the proper monument of the ‘Mormon’ people? No. . . . The monument to ‘Mormonism’ will stand in Jackson County, Missouri. There the great City will be built: there Zion will arise and shine, ‘the joy of the whole earth,’ and there the Lord will come to His Temple in His own time, when His people shall have made the required preparation.”
(In Conference Report, Apr. 1916, 68.)