I did a search in the D&C for the word “covenant”, since it is the book of Doctrine and COVENANTS. I could only find 3 covenants.
This is the fulness of the Gospel, is it not? Aren’t all other commandments just auxiliaries to these? According to the D&C, the fulness of the gospel is in the the Book of Mormon (D&C 20:9). The Book of Mormon speaks of all of these covenants. Especially baptism, but consecration can also be found:
“And they had all things common among them; therefore there were not rich and poor, bond and free, but they were all made free, and partakers of the heavenly gift.”
(4 Nephi 1:3)
Certainly the covenant of consecration is elaborated on much more in the Doctrine and Covenants:
“If thou lovest me thou shalt serve me and keep all my commandments. And behold, thou wilt remember the poor, and CONSECRATE of thy properties for their support that which thou hast to impart unto them, with a covenant and a deed which cannot be broken. … That my covenant people may be gathered in one in that day when I shall come to my temple. And this I do for the salvation of my people.”
“For if ye are not equal in earthly things ye cannot be equal in obtaining heavenly things;”
“But it is not given that one man should possess that which is above another, wherefore the world lieth in sin.”
“…I have sent mine everlasting covenant into the world, to be a light to the world, and to be a standard for my people, and for the Gentiles to seek to it…”
Most Christian churches already have baptism and marriage. The thing that makes Mormonism unique is consecration. That must be the everlasting covenant which the Gentiles will seek. It is the covenant most spoken of in the D&C.
“…it is expedient for my servants … to be bound together by a bond and covenant that cannot be broken by transgression…”
Could it be that Brother Joseph was given the key to escaping the economic woes of our time? Can you think of any better insurance policy than that of your brothers and sisters in God?