Law of Consecration


Does God expect us to live the law of consecration now? 

Many modern polygamists and Mormon fundamentalists place emphasis upon the united order.  However, Joseph Smith made no effort to implement the law of consecration in Nauvoo (see D&C 105:34) and Brigham Young waited until 1868, twenty-one years after arriving in Utah, to actively promote it. John Taylor ceased emphasizing it shortly after Brigham Young’s death.  It seems that early priesthood leaders felt little compulsion to put the law of consecration into operation, despite numerous opportunities to do so.

Importantly, most of the efforts of Mormon fundamentalists to live the actual law of consecration bear little resemblance.  The United Effort Plan (UEP) of the FLDS give control over members’ property to their leaders, which was never part of the original revelation. The Kingstons developed the Davis County Co-Operative, which generates great wealth and gives none of it to the poor. Communalism as also found in other polygamists groups is also foreign to the principles of the law of consecration.

The scriptures plainly outline that this is a privilege (D&C 51:15).  D&C 42:31-34 specifies that the receiver of consecrated properties must be an authorized “bishop” of the Church, further demonstrating that the Lord would not find a unauthorized movement acceptable.