Quotes by Orson Pratt:

Orson Pratt:

With all its glory and greatness and perfection, [the Constitution] was only a steppingstone to a form of government infinitely greater and more perfect—a government founded upon Divine laws, with all its institutions, ordinances, and officers appointed by the God of heaven.

Journal of Discourses, Vol. VII, Theocracy, p. 215.

There were certain laws and revelations then given, in the Book of Doctrine and Covenants, pertaining to the Lord’s earth, and the righteous that He has upon it. I will repeat a small clause which was given before the Church was one year old, in March 1831. It reads thus—wherefore “it is not given that one man should possess that which is above another, wherefore the world lieth in sin.” (D&C 49:20) .. Here was a hint of the more perfect law and order of things that God intended eventually to introduce among this people .. Remember, that as long as there is inequality in the things that belong to the Lord, the world lieth in sin. (D&C 49:20) It is not given to them that they should possess one above another. I intend to explain how this is to be brought about, and also show how one man can possess hundreds and thousands of dollars, in a certain sense of the word, and another man only one dollar, and yet both be equal but they possess the same, not as their own, but as stewards of the Lord it being the Lord’s property. We read, in another revelation that God gave in the early rise of this Church, that unless we are equal in earthly things, (D&C 78:5-6) we cannot be made equal in heavenly things. Here is an equality preached. There must be an equality in earthly things, in order that we may be equal in heavenly things. (D&C 78:5-6) Now supposing the people were all to be made equal today, tomorrow they would, through circumstances, become unequal: but I will show you how this equality can be established upon an order that never can be shaken—that inequality, in regard to property, never more can be introduced among the Saints, that no circumstance which can transpire can make them unequal. If a fire should burn up a man’s barn, and his stacks of grain, and everything he has accumulated, I will prove to you that it does not render him unequal with his brethren on the principle the Lord has established and ordained so that when this order is once established among this people, they will become equal in earthly things, which will prepare them to be made equal in heavenly things. Now supposing one man obtained double the quantity of another it is not his, but the stewardship is the Lord’s consequently the man is on a perfect equality with his brother still .. it belongs to the Lord, and if we are His, we shall inherit it with Him consequently in another sense of the word it is all ours. If each one in the Church, then, possesses the whole of it, as joint heirs with the Lord, is there not an equality? You may diminish the common property or joint fund just as much as you please. Suppose it were diminished to one half by mobs, &c., it does not make the Church unequal, not in the least for each one may be considered as the possessor of the whole he inherits all things he is a joint heir with Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:17) in the inheritance of the earth, and all the fulness thereof. Can you make any inequality here? If each man in the Church is a joint inheritor of all the property, and a part of it, it makes each one perfectly equal with the rest. Now I defy you to bring about an equality upon any other principle. You may divide the properties of the Church today, yes, if it be possible, make a perfectly equal division of it, so that every man in the whole Church should have his share, and let him call it his own it would not be one day before there would be an inequality again introduced and one man would possess that which is above another it could not be otherwise the changes, difficulties, want of judgment in the management and control of property, and all these things combined together, would serve to render these divided shares unequal one man losing a large portion of his property through mismanagement another by fire, by mobocracy, or in some other way, so that neither would have one half, one quarter, or perhaps one hundredth part as much as some of his brethren with whom he was only a short time before perfectly equal. No equality can be brought about by dividing property the Lord never intended such an order of things. It is not a division of property that is going to bring about a oneness among the Latter-day Saints in temporal things, but it is a union of property, that all the property may be united, and considered belonging to the Lord, and to every individual in the whole Church, as joint heirs with Him, (Rom. 8:17) or as His stewards.

Journal of Discourses 2:96. Consecration.
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