This article attempts to outline the Mormon concept of Zion. It discusses early American precedents for Zionism and the establishment of utopian communities. It also discusses the historical emergence of Zionism in LDS theology. It discusses Zion's role as a gathering place for God's people, as a sacred city, as the pure in heart, and as God's political kingdom in the last days. It also discusses the roles that the law of consecration, the patriarchal order (including plural marriage), temple covenants, and religious ordinances play in establishing the Mormon concept of Zion. He then discusses how the hope for establishing Zion affects the Mormon community and their relationship with society as a whole.