J. Reuben Clark Law Society

Elder D. Todd Christofferson Visits with Harvard Law Students

On Friday, March 6, 2015, law students, faculty, and members of the public met in Austin Hall West on Harvard Campus for the annual “Mormonism 101” lecture. Elder D. Todd Christofferson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ leadership was the featured speaker. Approximately 100 LDS students and forty to fifty students from other denominations attended the event. 

Elder Christofferson chose to center his remarks—“Mormonism 101: An Introduction to Beliefs, Practices, Origins, and the Future of Mormonism”—on the law of consecration. He began by illuminating the Church’s early efforts to live the United Order: an economic system that fully implemented the law of consecration. Christofferson discussed how the principles of consecration impact members of the Church today as they care for the poor and needy through the Church’s current welfare system as well as how the principles can be applied on a personal level. 

Elder Christofferson made the following comment on his Facebook page: “Last week, I was invited to speak to students at the Harvard Law School as a part of a ‘Mormonism 101’ lecture series. With much being said lately about the outlook of world economies, income inequality, and needs of the poor and refugee populations, I decided to share some doctrines from the law of consecration and explain a little about what it means to consecrate yourself by devoting your life to further God’s work. For each of us, the key question is ‘What does God want me to do with the resources, time, and talents He has given me?’ That is a challenging, all-encompassing question. And it demands deep, soul-stretching answers. Your desire to know God’s will can help you find the right answer for you in your particular circumstances today.” https://www.facebook.com/lds.d.todd.christofferson?fref=ts 

Mormonism 101 is organized annually by the Harvard Law Latter-Day Saint Student Association (HLS).

By Danielle Dallas, JRCLS Media Committee, and Bill Barlow, HLS Speakers Chair

Posted: May 5, 2015