“Because of Their Prosperity in Christ”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

The awful demon of pride—manifest here in clothing and jewelry and indifference to the needs of others—proved to be the death knell to the Nephite Zion. Once a people begin to focus on themselves they are no longer in a position to focus on the needs of others.

The laws of consecration and stewardship can operate only among a pure people, among a people who seek the interest of their neighbors and do all things with an eye single to the glory of God (see D&C 82:19). In the absence of the proper motives, classes and cliques and castes soon arise.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4