So it is likely that you may have heard me talk about this before, but I have not included it in my book for my children, nor have I discussed it with any of my online religion classmates on our Discussion Boards, so excuse me for being redundant please.
This week as we have been reading in D&C 42 we are introduced to " The Law of Consecration ", which is as explained in verses 30-39. I will highlight a portion of those verses:
" And inasmuch as ye impart of your substance unto the poor, ye will do it unto me; and they shall be laid before the bishop of my church and his counselors, two of the elders or high priests, such as he shall appoint or has appointed and set apart for that purpose. "
I find it to be a great witness of Joseph Smith the prophet truly being led by God in His translating and organizing of Christ's Church on the earth as I am reminded that the early Saints were given this revelation as to live this way.
This was also the way that the early apostles organized Christ's Church as recorded in the New Testament.
We can read about this in Acts 2:44-45 it reads:
"And all that believed were together, and had all things in common;
And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had a need."
This was also shown as a correct pattern revealed by prophets in the Book of Mormon after Christ had come and established His church there.
We can read in 4 Nephi 1:3 :
" They had all things common among them; therefore there were not rich and poor."
Though the " Law of Consecration " may come across as extremely difficult, I can testify from experience I know that it becomes easier and easier to desire to live after this law, as we truly love God, and our brothers and sisters here on this journey with us.
As I consider this quote by Bonnie L. Carson I can see the way that if we truly felt as she speaks, we would have no more than a desire for our sisters and brothers to have all that we could give them, and even if it meant that we would not have as much ourselves.
" To be sisters implies that there is an unbreakable bond between us. Sisters take care of each other, watch out for each other, comfort each other, and are there for each other through thick and thin. The Lord has said, " I say unto you, be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine. "
President Henry B. Eyring stated in his address titled, " Our Hearts knit As One " :
" We yearn, as spirit children of our Heavenly Father, for that joy which we once had with Him in the life before this one. His desire is to grant us that sacred wish for unity out of His love for us. He cannot grant it to us as individuals. The joy of unity He wants so much to give us is not solitary. We must seek it and qualify for it with others. "
When we love others enough, and desire for them to have all that we have, we are actually becoming like our Heavenly Father who desires us to be one with Him and His Son, Jesus Christ. After all, They want us to have all that They have. Shouldn't we also want our brothers and sisters to have all that we have also? (John 17)