This is a review of the slides we used while
discussing . . .
The Law of Consecration
Many of the underlying principles which
were part of the law of consecration. . .have
been retained and are still binding upon the
Church (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon
We covenant to live the law of consecration. This
law is that we consecrate our time, talents, strength,
property, and money for the upbuilding of the kingdom
of God on this earth and the establishment of Zion.
Until one abides by the laws of obedience,
sacrifice, the gospel, and chastity, he cannot abide the
law of consecration, which is the law pertaining to the
celestial kingdom. . . .
I am confident if we will properly teach the true
purpose and underlying principles behind the present
welfare plan, and encourage members to live
according to these principles, we will not be far from
living the united order (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson,
There is a common axiom among us which
states: A religion that cannot save a man
temporally does not have power to save him
spiritually. If we cannot care for our temporal
needs in this world, how can we ever succeed in
spiritual things in the world to come? (Bruce R.
McConkie, Ensign, May 1979, 92).
3 Principles to the “Law”
The fundamental principle of this system
was the private ownership of property. Each man
owned his portion, or inheritance, or stewardship,
with an absolute title, which he could alienate, or
hypothecate, or otherwise treat as his own. The
Church did not own all of the property, and the life
under the United Order was not a communal life,
as the Prophet Joseph, himself said, (History of
the Church, Volume III, p. 28). The United Order
is an individualistic system, not a communal system
(J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Conference Report,
October 1942, p. 57).
On February 9, 1831, the Lord revealed to the
Prophet what His way was. (See D&C 42.) In His way
there were two cardinal principles: (1) consecration, and
To enter the United Order one consecrated all his
possessions to the Church by a "covenant and deed which"
could "not be broken." That is, he completely divested
himself of all of his property by conveying it to the Church.
Having thus voluntarily divested himself of title to all his
property, the consecrator received from the Church a
stewardship by a like conveyance. This stewardship could
be more or less than his original consecration the object
being to make "every man equal according to his family,
according to his circumstances and his wants and needs."
This procedure preserved in every man the right
to private ownership and management of his property.
At his own option he could alienate it or keep and
operate it and pass it on to his heirs.
The intent was, however, for him to so operate his
property as to produce a living for himself and his
dependents. So long as he remained in the Order he
consecrated to the Church the surplus he produced above
the needs and wants of his family. This surplus went into
a storehouse, from which stewardships were given to
others, and from which the needs of the poor were
supplied (Marion G. Romney, Improvement Era, June
1966, p. 535).
D&C 51:3 + John 21:21-23
• Wants (D&C 82:17-19)
“That which is wrong under one
circumstance, may be, and often is, right under
another. . . .This is the principle on which the
government of heaven is conducted-by
revelation adapted to the circumstances in which
the children of the kingdom are placed.
Whatever God requires is right, no matter what
it is, although we may not see the reason thereof
till long after the events transpire” (Teachings
of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 256).
Another temptation to detour us is
placing improper emphasis on the obtaining of
material possessions. For example, we may
build a beautiful, spacious home that is far
larger than we need. We may spend far too
much to decorate, furnish, and landscape it.
And even if we are blessed enough to afford
such luxury, we may be misdirecting resources
that could be better used to build the kingdom
of God or to feed and clothe our needy brothers
and sisters (Joseph B. Wirthlin, Ensign, Nov.
The End . . .