Sunday, February 26, 2006

Elder Bruce R. McConkie: "It is written: %u201CHe who is not able to abide the law of a celestial kingdom cannot abide a celestial glory.%u201D (D&C 88:22.) The law of sacrifice is a celestial law; so also is the law of consecration. Thus to gain that celestial reward which we so devoutly desire, we must be able to live these two laws.

Sacrifice and consecration are inseparably intertwined. The law of consecration is that we consecrate our time, our talents, and our money and property to the cause of the Church: such are to be available to the extent they are needed to further the Lord%u2019s interests on earth.

The law of sacrifice is that we are willing to sacrifice all that we have for the truth%u2019s sake%u2014our character and reputation; our honor and applause; our good name among men; our houses, lands, and families: all things, even our very lives if need be.

Joseph Smith said, %u201CA religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary [to lead] unto life and salvation.%u201D (Lectures on Faith, p. 58.)"

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