Will we change the world? Is that what the Lord calls saints for?
He wants to save those who will be redeemed. He has no expectation that the world will not continue on to destruction. He does not force the world to do so, any more than God hardened Pharoah’s heart. But he knows them. They will continue until they come to the point that he destroys them.
In past ages the Saints gathered together. Even in the first part of this dispensation the saints gathered together. And they will one day gather to a Zion, for Zion will not be built in scattered remnants across the earth. It will be built as it was in Enoch’s day, for it is an endeavor that has rarely been accomplished in the whole earth. We do not count on 10,000 different wards building Zion independently in themselves when only two previous communities in the entire world have done so. We will gather again as Saints one day. We will gather when we are ready to try to build Zion again.
And that fits with the scriptures, for they plainly declare that there is only one place that is the place where Zion is to be built, and that is the place revealed in the scriptures.
D&C 84:3 Which city shall be built, beginning at the temple lot, which is appointed by the finger of the Lord, in the western boundaries of the State of Missouri, and dedicated by the hand of Joseph Smith, Jun., and others with whom the Lord was well pleased.
In that day when we gather, it will be more clear to us that the calling of the saints is not to transform the world. Yes, we try and bring men and women out of the world to the truth. They try and perfect themselves and one another.
But we will not save the world. Yes, we read in John 3:16-17 that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son … that the world through him might be saved. But the succeeding verses make clear that he saves only those who come out of the world unto him.
Will the world change?
Not in mortality. They must do it through hell. There they suffer until they repent and have atoned for their sins. There they suffer until every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess, that Jesus is the Christ. There they suffer the agony of their own deeds.
But we will not change the world. The world we be burned by fire. We may save some out of it. But save the world, we will not.