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Title: This is a review of the slides we used while discussing . . . All Things in Common 4 Nephi


1
This is a review of the slides we used while
discussing . . . All Things in Common 4
Nephi
2
We ought to have the building up of Zion as
our greatest object (Teachings of the Prophet
Joseph Smith, p.161).
3
Only a Zion people can bring in a Zion
society. And as the Zion people increase, so we
will be able to incorporate more of the
principles of Zion until we have a people
prepared to receive the Lord (Ezra Taft Benson,
New Era, May 1975, p. 18).
4
  • Partakers of the Heavenly Gift
  • 4 Nephi 13 Ether 123-4, 8-11

5
Faith . . . Is the moving cause of all
action. (Joseph Smith, Lectures on Faith 1,
p. 7)
6
Moroni 7-8
Holy Ghost
4
Baptism
3
Repentance
2
Faith in Christ
1
7
Moroni 7-8
Holy Ghost
4
THE GIFT HOPE FAITH
Baptism
3
Repentance
2
Faith in Christ
1
8
Moroni 9-10
Doubt
1
Sin/iniquity
2
Sec. Comb.
3
Evil one
4
9
Moroni 9-10
Doubt
DOUBT DESPAIR FULNESS OF INIQUITY
1
Sin/iniquity
2
Sec. Comb.
3
Evil one
4
10
  • Where doubt and uncertainty are there faith is
    not, nor can it be. For doubt and faith do not
    exist in the same person at the same time so
    that persons whose minds are under doubts and
    fears cannot have unshaken confidence and where
    unshaken confidence is not there faith is weak
    and where faith is weak the persons will not be
    able to contend against all the opposition,
    tribulations, and afflictions which they will
    have to encounter in order to be heirs of God,
    and joint heirs with Jesus Christ and they will
    grow weary in their minds, and the adversary will
    have power over them and destroy them (Joseph
    Smith, Lectures 612).

11
Building ZionDC 785-7 1055
12
Pillars of Consecration--Issues of the heartDC
3819
13
The longest journey that any of us will ever
take the journey from my head to my heart
(Marie K. Hafen, Ricks College Devotional,
October 3, 2000).
14
These comments are for the essentially
honorable members who are skimming over the
surface instead of deepening their discipleship
and who are casually engaged rather than
anxiously engaged (DC 7675 5827). Though
nominal in their participation, their
reservations and hesitations inevitably show
through. They may even pass through our holy
temples, but, alas, they do not let the holy
temples pass through them (Neal A. Maxwell,
Ensign, Nov. 1992, 65).
15
We ought to have the building up of Zion as
our greatest object. (Teachings of the Prophet
Joseph Smith, p.161)
16
Zion
The World
  • Unity - one heart one mind (Moses 718)
  • No poor (Moses 718)
  • Labor with hands (Moses 719, 2 N. 2629-31)
  • Dwell in safety (Moses 720)
  • Pure love (Moses 728-33)
  • Righteousness
  • (Moses 718 69)
  • Civil rights/equal rights
  • Welfare
  • Wealth without labor
  • Military might
  • Free expression of love
  • Cast out righteousness
  • (Prov. 1434 Alma 1022-23 Isa. 520, 24 )

17
Pillars of ConsecrationDC 38
18
Pillars of Consecration
  • all flesh is mine (v. 16) DC 192

19
Essentially, pride is a my will rather than
thy will approach to life. Pride is
characterized by What do I want out of life?
rather than by What would God have me do with my
life? (Ezra Taft Benson, Saturday Morning
Session, CR, April 1986)
20
Men and women who turn their lives over to God
will discover that He can make a lot more out of
their lives than they can. He will deepen their
joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds,
strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits,
increase their opportunities, comfort their
souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace.
(The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 361)
21
Pillars of Consecration
  • all flesh is mine (v. 16)
  • I have made the earth rich (v. 17) DC 10417

22
I recently learned an interesting fact If a
man owns a million dollars worth of gold at
todays prices, he possesses approximately one
27-billionth of all the gold that is present in
the earths thin crust alone (Spencer W.
Kimball, The False Gods We Worship, Ensign, June
1976, p. 5).
23
Pillars of Consecration
  • all flesh is mine (v. 16)
  • I have made the earth rich (v. 17)
  • esteem his brother as self(v. 24) DC 1053-5
    8219

24
The first year that I came into this
valley I had not flour enough to last my family
until harvest . . . and persons were coming to my
house every day for bread. I had the blues about
it one day I went down to the old fort, and by
the time I got back to my house I was completely
cured. I said to my wife, Do not let a person
come here for food and go away empty handed, for
if you do we shall suffer before harvest but if
you give to every individual that comes we shall
have enough to last us through. I intend to keep
doing so, that my bread may hold out, for if I do
not I shall come short. Do you believe that
principle? I know it is true, because I have
proven it so many times (Brigham Young, in
Journal of Discourses, 3332-33).
25
Pillars of Consecration
  • all flesh is mine (v. 16)
  • I have made the earth rich (v. 17)
  • esteem his brother as self(v. 24)
  • riches of the earth are mine (v. 39) see DC
    10414-15 Deut. 810-20

26
The Lord has given to me all I possess I
have nothing in reality, not a single dime of it
is mine. You may ask, 'Do you feel as you say?'
Yes, I actually do. The coat I have on my back is
not mine, and never was the Lord put it in my
possession honorably, and I wear it but if he
wishes for it, and all there is under it, he is
welcome to the whole. I do not own a house, or a
single farm of land, a horse, mule, carriage, or
wagon, or wife, nor child but what the Lord gave
me, and if he wants them, he can take them at his
pleasure, whether he speaks for them, or takes
them without speaking (Brigham Young, JD 2307).
27
When my Bishop came to value my property,
he wanted to know what he should take my tithing
in. I told him to take anything I had, for I did
not set my heart upon any one thing my horses,
cows, hogs, or any other thing he might take my
heart is set upon the work of my God, upon the
public good of his great Kingdom (Brigham Young,
JD 1376).
28
Pillars of Consecration
  • all flesh is mine (v. 16)
  • I have made the earth rich (v. 17)
  • esteem his brother as self(v. 24)
  • riches of the earth are mine (v. 39)
  • labor of his hands (v. 40)

29
Pillars of Consecration
  • all flesh is mine (v. 16)
  • I have made the earth rich (v. 17)
  • esteem his brother as self(v. 24)
  • riches of the earth are mine (v. 39)
  • labor of his hands (v. 40)
  • preaching. . .warning voice (v. 41) see DC
    10538-39

30
Pillars of Consecration
  • all flesh is mine (v. 16)
  • I have made the earth rich (v. 17)
  • esteem his brother as self(v. 24)
  • riches of the earth are mine (v. 39)
  • labor of his hands (v. 40)
  • preaching. . .warning voice (v. 41)
  • go ye out from among wicked (v. 42)

31
The LawDC 42
32
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 Doctrine, 158).
33
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, in
Conference Report, Apr. 1979, 131 or Ensign, May
1979, 92).
34
3 Principles to the Law
  • Consecration
  • Stewardship
  • Sufficiency

35
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)
36
On February 9, 1831, the Lord revealed to
the Prophet what His way was. (See DC 42.) In
His way there were two cardinal principles (1)
consecration, and (2) stewardship. 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." (DC 513.)
37
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 Saturday, April 6, 1966
Conference, Priesthood Session).
38
Socialism is not the United Order
39
Sufficient DC 513 John 2121-23
  • Family
  • Circumstances
  • Wants (DC 8217-19)
  • Needs

40
  • You
  • Lord
  • Bishop

41
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. 1990, 65).
42
Pride is the great stumbling block to Zion. I
repeat Pride is the great stumbling block to
Zion (President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, May
1989, p.4).
43
The End . . .
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