“Tithing is a commandment with a promise,” says Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He says the Lord will bless, both temporally and spiritually, those who faithfully pay a full tithe. And, he says, the Lord will bless their nations as well.
“The words of Malachi, reaffirmed by the Savior, promise those who bring their tithes into the storehouse that the Lord will open ‘the windows of heaven, and pour [them] out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10).
Elder Oaks continues: “I believe these are promises to the nations in which we reside. When the people of God withheld their tithes and offerings, Malachi condemned ‘this whole nation’ (Malachi 3:9). Similarly, I believe that when many citizens of a nation are faithful in the payment of tithes, they summon the blessings of heaven upon their entire nation.”
“We Must Have Those Blessings”
Elder Oaks says paying tithing is, first of all, an act of faith. He tells of a time during World War II when his widowed mother worked as a schoolteacher and earned a meager salary to support her three children. When he became aware that their family was going without some desired possessions because they didn’t have enough money, he asked his mother why she continued to pay tithing.
He has never forgotten her response: “Dallin, there might be some people who can get along without paying tithing, but we can’t. The Lord has chosen to take your father and leave me to raise you children. I cannot do that without the blessings of the Lord, and I obtain those blessings by paying an honest tithing. When I pay my tithing, I have the Lord’s promise that he will bless us, and we must have those blessings if we are to get along.”
Tithing Prevents Greed
Other modern-day prophets and apostles also teach of the blessings of tithing.
Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles says an honest tithe teaches self-control over worldly desires. He also says obedience to the law of tithing cultivates a trust that through individual, diligent efforts, and with the Lord’s blessings, we will have temporal and spiritual blessings sufficient to our needs.
“One of the great blessings of tithing is that it helps prevent greed,” Elder Hales says. “It is best to start paying tithing early. . . . Decide to pay your tithing now; don’t put it off.”
Obedience Provides Protection
Blessings will come to full-tithe payers because of their consistent efforts in obedience to the commandment. Faith will be strengthened, hearts will be softened, and protection will be provided.
“Tithing will keep your name enrolled among the people of God and protect you in ‘the day of vengeance and burning’ (D&C 85:3),” says Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, teaches that full-tithe payers can count on the Lord’s protection: “It is that change in our hearts through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, beyond the offering of our money or goods, that makes it possible for the Lord to promise full-tithe payers protection in the last days,” he says. “We can have confidence that we will qualify for that blessing of protection if we commit now to pay a full tithe and are steady in doing it.”
Tithing Brings Confidence and Peace
In addition to protection, President Eyring teaches that as we faithfully pay tithing, we will feel an increase in our love for Heavenly Father and all of His children. That love comes from an understanding of how Heavenly Father uses tithing to eternally bless all people in the world.
“All of us who have paid a consistent full tithe feel greater confidence in asking God for what we and our families need,” he says. “He has promised blessings even greater than we can receive when we have been faithful to our covenant to pay our tithes (see Malachi 3:10). So one of the great blessings of tithing is confidence in what the future holds. Whatever our circumstances may be, things will work out for the best. As we keep our promises, He will keep His. A feeling of peace is one of the great blessings of paying a full tithe. Those who have kept the commandment of tithing can testify that the blessing of peace is real and precious.”
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