Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught about the New Jerusalem and the city of Jerusalem built anciently:

“To envision what is meant by [New Jerusalem], we must know these five facts: 1. Ancient Jerusalem, the city of much of our Lord’s personal ministry among men, shall be rebuilt in the last days and become one of the two great world capitals, a millennial city from which the word of the Lord shall go forth. 2. A New Jerusalem, a new Zion, a city of God, shall be built on the American continent. 3. Enoch’s city, the original Zion, ‘the City of Holiness, … was taken up into heaven.’ (Moses 7:13–21) 4. Enoch’s city, with its translated inhabitants now in their resurrected state, shall return, as a New Jerusalem, to join with the city of the same name which has been built upon the American continent. 5. When this earth becomes a celestial sphere ‘that great city, the holy Jerusalem,’ shall again descend ‘out of heaven from God,’ as this earth becomes the abode of celestial beings forever. (Rev. 21:10–27.)” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, vol. 3 [1973], 580–81.)





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