What do you see in this picture?
I see Mormons playing moving truck Tetris. If there is ever an Olympic event for loading a truck, I expect to see three Mormons on the medal stand. We get a lot of practice at this. Many of those boxes weigh somewhere north of a million pounds because they are loaded with books, and Blair took a fair amount of good-natured ribbing. Wisecrack of the day goes to the guy who said “I never knew Blair was a librarian who brings his work home with him”. There were lots of warm hearts and ward smiles on a day that was f-f-f-freezing cold.
It is possible to look back over the history of our church for the last 182 years and see where we have fallen short of the vision outlined by Joseph Smith. He tried desperately to instantiate Zion, but we failed at Kirtland, we failed in Jackson county, we failed at Far West, we failed at Nauvoo, we failed at Orderville and the Brigham City Co-op. Sometimes the City of Enoch seems very far away.
And other times, it jumps up suddenly, right in front of you. None of us knows exactly what heaven looks like, but many, many thanks to the wonderful people — men, women, youth and children — from the Savage Mills, MD ward. I am filing this picture away in my personal folder labeled “Visions of Zion”.