When it comes to moments in Church History of far-reaching, indeed, eternal consequence, this is one of them. The dedication of the land of Zion. Of Zion, Joseph Smith declared.
The building up of Zion is a cause that has interested the people of God in every age; it is a theme upon which prophets, priests and kings have dwelt with peculiar delight; they have looked forward with joyful anticipation to the day in which we live; and fired with heavenly and joyful anticipations they have sung and written and prophesied of this our day; but they died with the sight. Joseph Smith
It is of locating and dedicating the land of Zion that we give this episode of History of the Saints.