This study analyzes the intent and primary bases of the L.D.S. concepts of Zion, consecration, and stewardship as it applies to the individual. Only the scripture and the statements of the Prophets, Seers, and Revelators of the L.D.S. Church are considered. An exhaustive history of consecration or stewardship is not provided. No attempt is made to establish Church doctrine.
Major conclusions are: (1) the most important definition of Zion is the "pure in heart" who, when a community, are the perfect society; (2) the concept of consecration is to wholly love God, and is achieved through the gospel of Jesus Christ, resulting in Christ-like love or charity; (3) the royal law--to love others--fulfills every law of God, and those with charity extend the love of Christ in divine service, any resultant community has a unity with the Lord; (4) the earth and all therein is the Lord's--the individual's stewardship is his sphere of accountability in regard to the earth, its possessions, Jesus Christ, and the individual's inter-relationship with others.
College and Department
Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Brandt, Edward J., "The Principles and Nature of Consecration and Stewardship as Taught in the Bible and Modern Scripture and by the Prophets, Seers, and Revelators of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints" (1970). Theses and Dissertations. 4551.
Mormon doctrine, Consecration, Stewardship