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According to Joseph Smith, Doctrine and Covenants 42 “embraces the law of the church.” In this collection of essays, six scholars probe the significance of this revelation, especially the significance of its status as “law.” In what ways is D&C 42—especially the law of consecration—binding for Latter-day Saints today? These wide-ranging essays argue that the law remains in force, but in many different ways.



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Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship


Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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Religion | Religious Education

Embracing the Law: Reading Doctrine and Covenants 42