Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Consecration and Stewardship Revelations

In addition to D&C 42, the core revelation for the Law of Consecration and Stewardship,  there are other revelations relevant to stewardship and consecration.

  • D&C 48 [received at Kirtland, Ohio, March 10, 1831] discusses the process of land procurement for the Saints, both around Kirtland and in the (yet undisclosed) Zion.
  • D&C 51 [received at Thompson, Ohio, May 20, 1831] discusses the process by which Bishop Partridge is supposed to accommodate the newly arriving Eastern Saints.
    • The organization by the Divine Laws is not optional, but necessary (vv.1f)
    • Partridge is to appoint the "portions, every man equal according to his family, according to his circumstances and his wants and needs" (v.3).
    • Partridge fills out a certificate for each portion, that designates that assigned as the man's inheritance, which he will lose if he "transgresses and is not accounted worthy by the voice of the church" (v.4).
    • Consecrated stuff belongs to the work of the church, even if someone leaves; only their deed stays with them (v.5).
    • All this shall happen without violating the laws of the land (v.6).
to be continued

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