At the end of class, students will be able to:
- Identify commonalities between the Law of Consecration and other communitarian religious movements.
- Explain the roots of consecration in the Mormon church.
- Assess how consecration fits in the modern church.
What Is Consecration?
In October of 1830, Oliver Cowdery, Peter Whitmer, Parley Pratt, and Ziba Peterson went west on a mission to the “Lamanites.” As they travelled, they came to the Morely farm near Kirtland, Ohio. Morely, along with fifty or sixty others, were part of “the Family” or “the Big Family.” Eleven core families moved onto the Morely farm and established a communitarian society, where they held goods and property in common. [Read more…]