Tithing

h3. Conference Talk: For more information on this topic read "Will a Man Rob God?" by Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi, Ensign, May 2007, 97. h3. Thought: Brothers and sisters, let us demonstrate our faith. Let us show our willingness to obey. I promise you, in the name of Jesus Christ, when you and I pay honest, true tithes to the Lord, the Lord will open the windows of heaven. (Yoshihiko Kikuchi, "Will a Man Rob God?," Ensign, May 2007, 97) h3. Song: "I'm Glad to Pay a Tithing," Children's Songbook, p. 150. h3. Scripture: Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. (Malachi 3:10) h3. Object Lesson: Show your family ten objects of equal value--apples, coins, or the like. As you have the following discussion, separate them one by one. Suppose your earnings for a month amounted to these. And you had promised to pay a tenth, or one of these, as a tithing. How easy it is to pay the first and have nine left. But when the first goes to the landlord, and the second goes to the grocer, and the third goes to that goodnatured fellow at the service station, and the fourth goes to the baker, and the fifth, and the sixth, and the seventh, just go . . . Suddenly the realization that there is but one left comes to you. How much harder is it at that moment to give the remaining one as tithing. Too often at that moment such a person by default joins the kind of people who were admonished by Malachi: "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings." (Albert L. Zobell, Jr., Talks to See, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1971], p. 114.) h3. Story: *The Little White Box* Janet W. Breeze One of the early memories of my childhood concerns the subject of tithing. I was four. My father had just passed away, and my mother had taken employment in a downtown department store. I don't remember how the subject came up, but I vividly remember Mother saying, "You have more money when you pay your tithing." Like a typical four-going-on-five, I asked, "How come?" "Because," she said, "when you give the Lord his money first, that leaves you with less. With less money, you watch it more closely. And when you avoid spending money foolishly, you have more." Even though I still didn't know the difference between a dime and a dollar, outside of their physical size, what my mother said made sense. But, like a good teacher who recognizes the value of repetition, she made certain that the first time she told me was not the last time she told me. And, as I grew older, I was encouraged to make my first "little white box." It turned out to be quite a production. I painted it with fancy flowers; and on the center of the lid, in macaroni alphabets, I glued the letters T-I-T-H-I-N-G. Even though, as I became a career girl, the little white box was later replaced by numbers in an account book and check-book, by the time I entered marriage, tithing was a natural and acceptable part of my life. Since then, things have happened that have convinced me more thoroughly than ever that the Lord does bless us when we comply with the things he asks of us. One of many incidents stands out in my mind. It was shortly after our first baby was born. My husband was an enlisted man in the army. We lived comfortably, but somehow the money we had just didn't seem to want to stretch into the shape of baby furniture, and we were too far away from home to borrow a crib from relatives. Since babies have to have someplace to sleep, it was a temptation to buy a crib rather than pay our tithing. But we didn't give in. Then a mysterious letter came in the mail. From the Department of the Army, it was addressed to me. It stated that through some oversight, my allotment checks had not started as soon as they should have. Enclosed was a check correcting the error made over a year before. Even though it was money we should have received anyway, we deemed it a great blessing that it had somehow been saved until a time when we could better use it. Now it is our duty to share this wonderful law of tithing with our children. As soon as that first precious baby grew into a little girl with a piggy bank, we told her about tithing. At that time, we had a weekly family home evening that consisted of a story about Jesus, ring-around-the rosy, and an ice cream cone. One night, before the ice cream cone, we sat at the kitchen table and, with white paper, glue, and crayons, decorated a "little white box," which read "Claudia's Tithing." Thereafter, each family home evening Daddy would give her ten pennies. One penny was to go in the little white box and nine were to go in her piggy bank. Last December, Claudia carried the little white box to her first tithing settlement. The bishop handed her a receipt, and we explained to her what it was. She later told her grandmother, "This paper means I gave Heavenly Father back his money." Grandmother was so pleased that she opened her handbag and brought forth two nickels. She said, "For a very good little girl." Claudia took the money to her bedroom. She put one nickel in her piggy bank--and one in her little white box. Is a child ever too young to be taught the gospel? (Leon R. Hartshorn, Remarkable Stories from the Lives of Latter-day Saint Women, vol. 2. [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1975].) h3. Activity: Play "Pitching Pennies." Select a target.This could be a line or mark on the floor or the line where a wall meets the floor. Have the competitors each throw a penny as close as possible to the target. The person who's penny is closest wins the points decided up on before the pitch. Keep playing until someone reaches a specified score. (George and Jeane Chipman, Games! Games! Games!. [Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain, 1983].) h3. Refreshment *Three Minute Cobbler* * 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter * 1 cup flour * 2 teaspoons baking powder * 3/4 cup milk * 1/4 teaspoon salt * 1 (15-ounce) can fruit, drained, or 1 (21-ounce) can fruit pie filling Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a 1-quart, square, baking dish in the microwave. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, milk, and salt. Stir to combine (this will remove most of the lumps, but mixture will be lumpy). Drain fruit and pour on top of the flour mixture. Do not stir! Bake until brown on top, about 50 minutes This dessert is great with ice cream or whipped cream. (Clark L. and Kathryn H. Kidd, 52 Weeks of Recipes for Students, Missionaries, and Nervous Cooks, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2007], 21.)
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