1837-1838. Caldwell & Daviess Counties. Voluntary contributions: initially 2% of their net worth, and more to follow. Then it was all of a member’s surplus plus annual tithing (10%, of course). Most of them had, however, little or no surplus.
1838-1844. Nauvoo, Illinois. The quantity of the consecration was now the decision of the donor. Rather than setting specific percentages, the Prophet emphasized true generosity in giving and freedom from all taint of self-interest as the Saints fed the hungry, clothed the naked, and comforted the afflicted, regardless of religious affiliation. In 1842, the sacred ritual of the endowment was introduced, which encompassed the covenant of consecration. By consecrating themselves, saints are promised joint inheritances with Christ, powers, knowledge, and flory, bu consecrating their energy and resources to the Church and by sacrificing all things for the advancement of God’s work on the earth. (Lyndon W. Cook, author of Joseph Smith and the Law of Consecration, in Encyclopedia of Latter-Day Saint History, p. 241-243)