The Law of Consecration

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we often speak of the Law of Consecration.  This is a principle the Lord has given to His covenant people.  Those who live by this principle, dedicate themselves to the building up of the Kingdom of God, and ensuring there is “no poor among them.”  Over the years, this principle has taken on various forms depending on the current conditions and circumstances in the church (and the world). For an authorized and concise description, please refer to the following three paragraphs contained on the Church’s Website, and view the Q&A link “What is the Law of Consecration” at the bottom of this page

“The law of consecration is a principle the Lord gives to His covenant people. To live this principle, men and women dedicate themselves completely to building up God’s kingdom and ensuring that there are “no poor among them” (Moses 7:18). They give their time, talents, and material resources to serve the Lord, His Church, and His children.

“In the early days of the restored Church, the Lord instructed Joseph Smith on a particular way the Saints were to live this law (see Doctrine and Covenants 42:30–42). The Saints were to “consecrate” (sacrifice or donate) their property to the Church by giving it to the bishop. He would then give them back what they needed (their “stewardship”). The rest was used to help the poor.

“Today, we live this law in different ways. For instance, we serve others, accept callings and assignments in the Church and do our best at them, and pay a full tithe and a generous fast offering. When we do what the prophets and the Holy Ghost direct us to do to build up God’s kingdom and help the needy, we are living the law of consecration.”

(Click Here to Read More concerning “the Law of Consecration,” and then watch this video Q&A discussion: What is the Law of Consecration.)


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