Doctrine & Covenants/Church History
Lesson 14
The Law of Consecration

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand the law of consecration and its eternal purposes and desire to consecrate our lives more fully to the service of God.

Scripture references for study:  Doctrine and Covenants 42:30–42; 51; 78; 82; 104:11–18; Our Heritage, page 26
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The Law Of Consecration

The Prophet arrived in Ohio in early 1831. At that time there were about a hundred members living in the Kirtland area, with the New York Saints soon to follow.

"And behold, thou wilt remember the poor, and consecrate of thy properties for their support that which thou hast to impart unto them, with a covenant and a deed which cannot be broken." (D&C 42:30)

Some Latter-day History of Consecration.

We Can Consecrate Our Lives

"As Saints of God, we must be prepared and willing to live the law of consecration in its fulness. But we do not need to wait for a future day to consecrate our lives to the Lord. As we do all we can to live the law of consecration today, we will be better prepared to live the fulness of the law when the Lord asks us to do so." (Gospel Doctrine Teacher's Manual)


For additional information on the Law of Consecration and its historical background, see the following articles at

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the teachings as discussed in this lesson. How do you feel about the law of consecration? How can you bring yourself closer to living this law?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Church History and Modern Revelation by Joseph Fielding Smith.

Conference Reports (CR).

Devotional Speeches of the Year.

Doctrine & Covenants Commentary by Hyrum M. Smith and Janne M. Sjodahl.


Great Basin Kingdom by Leonard Arrington.

History of the Church (HC).

Journal of Discourses (JD).

Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball.

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