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ANNVER - A few of my friends were debating the question, "what Law are we living now in these the Latter-days?"
Most of them believe the Law of consecration was the law we once lived under but has now been past in mosaic or old testament times? true or false?
We are not livng the law of consecration in the temporal sense (also known as the United Order) as described in the (D&C 42:30), which required that the donor of property consecrate his wealth by legal title to the agent (bishop) of the Church and in return he would receive a stewardship, also called an inheritance that he would live on. This was tried for a brief time during the early years of the restored church but was discontinued. There are other possible times when this law was lived in the distant past: among the people of Enoch(Moses 7:17-18.); among the Nephites, after the visitation of Jesus following His resurrection(4 Nephi 2-3, 15-16.) and amog the early Christians of the New Testament(Acts 4: 32-33)
Right now we are living the Law of the Gospel (or Law of Christ), which replaced the law of Moses, as introduced by Jesus in the New Testament and described in the D&C:
“And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom.
“Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand;(D&C 88: 77-78)
The Law of Tithing which came out of the law of consecration and the more recent welfare program were applied to replace the Law of consecration with regards to temporal things.
The law of the gospel encompases other laws that we are asked to live (sacrifice, tithing, obedience, chastity, etc.)
In the temple we take upon ourselves a promise to live the Law of Consecration in the spiritual sense, in that we dedicate our time, talents, and abilities to build the Kingdom of God on the earth.