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For Zion: A Mormon Theology of Hope
Author Joseph M. Spencer
Salt Lake City, Utah: Greg Kofford Books, 2014

For Zion: A Mormon Theology of Hope

Reviewer Lauren McCombs

In this book, Joseph Spencer uses the differences between the original manuscript and the published text of Doctrine and Covenants 42 to argue that the law of consecration is neither a bygone utopian dream nor a future demand that we are not yet qualified to live. It is a law for today, "an outline of exactly how we as Saints are to live right now, wherever we are" (105). Before delving into the Doctrine and Covenants, however, Spencer spends the first half of his discourse anchoring his ideas in the New Testament. He then bridges these ideas to the present time by way of the Book of Mormon. This approach sets his book apart from those that focus on the law of consecration only through more recent history and nineteenth-century revelations. As he explores these three separate standard works, Spencer broadly links previously discrete topics including the law of consecration, the redemption of Israel, and the theology of hope.