To consecrate something means to dedicate it to a sacred purpose. Church members in all ages have consecrated talents, time, and resources to establish and build the kingdom of God on the earth.
For information about how the Lord’s people have lived the law of consecration in the past, see “Consecration and Stewardship.”
Today Latter-day Saints who receive their endowment in a temple are asked to make a covenant to consecrate their talents, time, and resources to God. They do so in various ways, including participating in the work of salvation and exaltation, which includes ministering to others, sharing the gospel, paying tithing, serving faithfully in callings, and caring for those in need. In all they do, they give their best efforts to the Lord.
Those who sincerely consecrate their talents, time, and resources to the Lord ultimately consecrate themselves to Him. Elder Neal A. Maxwell taught: “We tend to think of consecration only as yielding up, when divinely directed, our material possessions. But ultimate consecration is the yielding up of oneself to God” (“Consecrate Thy Performance,” Ensign, May 2002, 36). President Russell M. Nelson has taught that we do this as we make God “the most powerful influence in our lives” (“Let God Prevail,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2020, 92).