This post is a summary of a series of conversations recently with Josh Chandler. There is so much clarity about priesthood keys being patterns that must be received from God, and that one must fulfill.
There are many, many different keys. In other words, there are many, many patterns that must be fulfilled.
Consider the following, not just as principles but as patterns.
3. Broken Heart
4. Contrite Spirit
6. Born Again
13. True Order of Prayer
Is this a comprehensive list of keys and patterns? By no means. We don’t know what we don’t know. And it will be impossible to build a Zion society until we fulfill what we have and ask the Lord to reveal all of the keys. He will do so in the proper order if we seek his will in all things.
Can we jump ahead and seek to fulfill patterns before the preparatory patterns are fulfilled? It doesn’t work. If we try to live the law of consecration before we live the pattern of the law of sacrifice, it fails. If we seek to fulfill the pattern of the gift of prophesy before we are sanctified, we will go sideways. We must receive all the keys and in the right order.
The reception of keys to build Zion is walking the Strait and Narrow Path. It is strait and narrow because there is no tolerance for patterns outside of God’s prescribed way. We sanctify ourselves according to his patterns and timing.
Are we waiting for a day in which we are told to build it? That day will never happen, I believe, if we do not fulfill the patterns already given to us. We must turn the keys given to us. If we do so, Zion will be built.
There is a sense that if we seek the Lord with all of our hearts and fulfill every pattern given to us with single mindedness, the pattern of Zion cannot be resisted. Christ will send every needful thing. He will guide us to build a place where he can come and dwell.