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For a brief overview of D&C 51 in historical relation to the rest of the Doctrine & Covenants, see Historical Overview of the Restoration Scriptures. For lengthier discussions of the historical setting, see Historical Context of the Doctrine & Covenants, chapter 7 or Church History in the Fulness of Times, chapter 8.
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- D&C 51:9. What does "be alike" mean here? What might it mean to us today?
- D&C 51:9. What does honesty have to do with being alike?
- D&C 51:9. What do honesty and being alike have to do with being one?
- D&C 51:10. At the individual level the Lord asks the saints to give and receive through the church so that all may "be alike". So why now at the congregation level does the Lord tell the saints to replace giving and receiving with lending and borrowing?
- D&C 51:13. Are we still under the obligation to consecrate that which is more than needful?
- D&C 51:13. How much is more than is needful? Who decides?
- D&C 51:15. Why is it a privilege to be organized according to the laws of consecration?
- D&C 51:19. In the context of this section, what does it mean to be "a faithful, a just, and a wise steward"? (Compare D&C 78:22.)
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