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Principle 1: Ownership - Everything We Have or Will Have is the Lord's

The Psalmist wrote: “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psalms 24:1) The apostle Paul, in writing to the Corinthians stated the same message when he wrote: “For the earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof." (1 Corinthians 10:26)  In Doctrine and Covenants 104:14–15, we read: "I, the Lord, stretched out the heavens, and built the earth, my very handiwork; and all things therein are mine. And it is my purpose to provide for my saints, for all things are mine."

We know from scriptures that the Lord is the creator of the earth (Mosiah 2:21), the supplier of our breath (2 Nephi 9:26), the provider of our knowledge (Moses 7:32), the giver of our life (Mosiah 2:22), and the giver of all we have and are (Mosiah 2:21). 

Nothing we have is our own—it is all God’s. As such, there should be no feeling of pride for the things we have or are. These things do not belong to us, but are on loan from a loving Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. The things we have now or ever will have are really not ours. The prophet King Benjamin reminds us about this when he states:

And if ye judge the man who putteth up his petition to you for your substance that he perish not, and condemn him, how much more just will be your condemnation for withholding your substance, which doth not belong to you but to God, to whom also your life belongeth. (Mosiah 4:22)

There should be no feeling of pride for the things we have, who we are, or who we will become. Rather, these blessings should encourage us to greater obedience to God’s commandments as we realize that all we have and are are gifts from a generous Father and Son.


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