“We are so grateful for the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and the happiness it has brought to our family. The law of tithing is a commandment from our Heavenly Father. Ever since we got married we have been striving to pay our tithing fully. However, a time came when we failed to keep it.
We planned to pay our tithing but we kept procrastinating until we ran out of cash completely and we were unable to pay! We had to travel 40 km’s to apply for a job, yet we did not have any cash. We had to borrow some cash to travel. On our way home, our motor bike broke down two times. We had no alternative but to walk while pushing the motor bike, on empty stomachs. At the end of it all we were rescued by a church leader who was passing that road and gave us a lift back home.
At home we lacked almost all the necessities. As if that was not enough punishment for us, sickness struck beginning with our youngest son, the twins, and then myself. We started asking ourselves, ‘Why all the suffering?’ We came to realize that we had not paid our tithing that month, and that explained our suffering. The Lord told us plainly in Malachi to try him and see if he will not open the doors of heaven and pour out a blessing until there will be no room for us to receive the blessings! What else do we need the Lord to promise us so that we can honestly pay our tithing? We know that if we try God in this commandment, He is not going to fail us. He is an unchangeable God and He will always keep his promise. We know that the Lord will be able to open the ways and means no matter our circumstances in life. The law of tithing is not a matter of finances but one of faith. We believe in these words.”
From Our Prophet:
In speaking about God’s laws, President Thomas S. Monson stated: “Violate them and we suffer lasting consequences. Obey them and we reap everlasting joy” (Pathways to Perfection: Discourses of Thomas S. Monson, 1973, 126).