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Zion: What Is It?


Throughout time, Zion has been used to describe both Christ’s people — “the pure in heart” 1
Doctrine and Covenants 97:21; see also Brian and Melinda Ashton, “Building Zion” (BYU-Pathway Worldwide devotional, Sept. 20, 2022),
— and the places where they gathered. But as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has grown throughout the earth, Saints are building Zion wherever they live. With temples dotting the globe, Church members are making and keeping sacred covenants as they seek to emulate the Zion-like people of Enoch who “were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them. 2
To build Zion, BYU-Pathway Worldwide must help students to invite the Holy Ghost into their lives through the pattern of learning found in the House of the Lord, the holy temple. In addition, BYU-Pathway has a unique role to play in making sure there are no poor among us .

Mirroring the pattern found in the temple, BYU-Pathway seeks to bring the Holy Ghost into students’ lives so they can become disciple leaders and contribute to building Zion ( learn more ).

  1. BYU-Pathway provides higher education to the “hidden many,” or those who have not traditionally had access to education, wherever the Church is organized.
  2. Students gain an education and grow in knowledge and truth.
  3. Students use all they’ve learned and experienced to serve as disciple leaders in their homes, the Church, and their communities.

President Brian K. Ashton

"As we build disciple leaders and make the blessings of education available and affordable to more of God’s children — thus bringing the Holy Ghost more fully into their lives — we will assist in filling the world with truth and light and help bring an increasing number of the willing hearted and their families to Christ." 3
Brian K. Ashton, “Patterned After the House of the Lord” (BYU-Pathway Worldwide inauguration, Mar. 10, 2022),

President Brian K. Ashton, BYU-Pathway Worldwide

President Clark Gilbert

"BYU-Pathway is one of the resources the Lord has prepared for His great gathering ahead of His return to the earth. One of the ways this will happen is by helping students all across the Church deepen their discipleship so they can in turn build others and build the Church." 4
Clark G. Gilbert, “Pathway is for the Kingdom” (BYU-Pathway Worldwide inauguration, Mar. 10, 2022),

Elder Clark G. Gilbert, Commissioner of the Church Educational System


"Zion is everywhere the Lord has established His Church. It is a miracle that we can say today that BYU-Pathway is a school in Zion, wherever Zion is." 4
Kim B. Clark, “BYU-Pathway Worldwide: A School in Zion” (BYU-Pathway Worldwide president’s dinner, Oct. 11, 2018),

Elder Kim B. Clark, emeritus General Authority Seventy