Chapter 28: Tithing and Offerings

"Chapter 28: Tithing and Offerings," Part Seven: Following Jesus Christ, ()


What are tithing and offerings, and how does our Father in Heaven bless us when we give them willingly?

Our Father in Heaven Has Told Us to Pay Tithing

Tithing is one-tenth of the money and other things we earn. Our Father in Heaven told people long, long ago to pay tithing. Abraham, Jacob, and many others obeyed this commandment.

If we earn or receive money, we should give one-tenth of it as tithing. If we have animals or crops we can also pay tithing. We give one-tenth of the crops or one-tenth of the new animals raised in the year. If possible, instead of giving the crops and animals to the Church, we should sell them and give the money to the Church. We pay our tithing to the bishop or the branch president. If we do not know how much we should give, we should ask our bishop or branch president to help us understand the law of tithing.

As we pay our tithing, we help spread the gospel throughout the world. Tithing is used to build Church buildings, print books, and pay for other things needed in Jesus’ true Church.

Even children should pay tithing. They will learn to do this as they see their parents pay tithing. If they begin to pay tithing when they are young, they will want to pay it when they are older and have families of their own.

Discussion

  • How much are we told to pay as tithing?

  • How can we teach our children to pay tithing?

We Show Love for Our Father in Heaven When We Pay Tithing

We should pay tithing willingly so our Father in Heaven will accept it and bless us for it. We should pay tithing because we want to pay it.

If we do not have a desire to pay tithing, we should think about all the blessings our Father in Heaven has given us. By paying our tithing willingly we show we love our Father in Heaven and other people.

Discussion

Our Father in Heaven Has Promised to Bless Us If We Pay Tithing

Our Father in Heaven is happy when we pay our tithing. He has promised to bless us if we pay it. He has said that He will give us so many blessings we will not know what to do with all of them. He has also said we will not be destroyed with the wicked if we pay our tithing willingly.

Our Father in Heaven will bless us so we can know Him better. He will bless us to know more about the gospel. He will give us more strength to live the teachings of the gospel each day and help our families live the gospel. It also makes Him happy when we help others learn about the gospel.

When we pay our tithing, we learn to manage our money better and be less selfish. We should always first set aside our tithing from our earnings, and then we will find that our Father in Heaven will bless us to be able to manage what is left so we will have enough for our needs.

Discussion

  • What are three blessings we receive from paying tithing?

We Help Other People When We Pay Fast Offerings

As members of the Church we fast one day each month. This means we go without eating two meals. We do not eat or drink anything for about 24 hours. We believe that fasting helps us have strong spirits.

Our Father in Heaven has told us to give an offering called a fast offering. This offering should be what we would have spent for the meals we did not eat on the day when we fasted. We should give more than this amount if we can. Our Father in Heaven will bless us if we do. These offerings are used to provide food, shelter, clothing, and other things for those who are in need. When we pay fast offerings we show we love our fellowmen.

We give our fast offering to the bishop or the branch president, and he uses the money to help the poor and those who need special help. Our Father in Heaven has said that if we help the poor He will bless us. He will answer our prayers and help us when we need help. He will help us understand the gospel better and will guide us always.

The Church uses tithing and offerings:

  1. 1.

    To teach the gospel to others.

  2. 2.

    To build and take care of temples, meetinghouses, and other Church buildings.

  3. 3.

    To print lesson books and other things the people of the Church need to learn about the gospel and do the work of our Father in Heaven.

  4. 4.

    To help those who cannot take care of themselves.

Discussion

  • How can we show our gratitude to our Father in Heaven for all the blessings He has given us?

  • Why does paying fast offerings make us happy?

References

Our Father in Heaven Has Told Us to Pay Tithing

We Show Love for Our Father in Heaven When We Pay Tithing

  • Malachi 3:8–10 (If we don’t pay our tithing and offerings, we are robbing our Father in Heaven.)

  • 2 Corinthians 9:6–7 (We should give a gift willingly to please our Father in Heaven.)

Our Father in Heaven Has Promised to Bless Us If We Pay Tithing

  • Genesis 14:19–20 (Abraham is blessed by our Father in Heaven for paying tithing.)

  • Malachi 3:10 (Our Father in Heaven will bless us with more blessings than we need.)

We Help Other People When We Pay Fast Offerings

  • Isaiah 58:6–11 (Our Father in Heaven has asked us to do good to others by giving them the things they need.)