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- D&C 104. The United Order was established by covenant to accomplish two things (1) provide for the temporal affairs of Zion and (2) care for the poor.
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- D&C 104:11. What does this verse mean to us today, given that we are not presently required to live the Law of Consecration?
- D&C 104:13. What are our stewardships and how do we account for them?
- D&C 104:16. We must provide for the poor in the Lord’s way. What is that way as he describes it here?
- D&C 104:16. What does it mean to exalt the poor and make the rich low?
- D&C 104:17. If there is enough in the earth to spare, why are so many people impoverished?
- D&C 104:17. How do we decide when we have imparted enough of our portion of the Lord’s abundance to the poor?
- D&C 104:18. This verse makes it obvious that we must impart our portion to the poor. How do we decide what that portion is?
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