Members share insights and blessings they have received from paying tithing.
I quickly realized that my paycheck would not cover my expenses and allow me to pay the balance of what I owed the Lord in tithing.
I felt a conviction and assurance that if I continued to pay tithing, the Lord would provide what I needed.
Now that I am paying my tithing faithfully, I have found that I am happier living on 90 percent of my income with the Lord’s blessings than I ever was living on 100 percent of my income without them.
I told him I would not be able to pay my tithing because if I did, I wouldn’t be able to feed my family. My faithful home teacher counseled me to pay tithing. He recommended that I do it faithfully, and the Lord would surely bless me.
“My father gives the best to God, and we get the next best,” David thought. “Perhaps this is how we make the Lord the center of our thoughts and our lives.”
What does the Lord mean when He says to those who pay tithing, “I will … open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing” (Malachi 3:10)? A family in San Salvador, El Salvador, can tell you from experience of the blessings that come.
I learned that we must keep God’s commandments before we can expect His blessings.
We feel our greatest blessings are the peace and joy we feel in knowing that we can cope with our financial difficulties if we pay our tithing. From the moment I accepted that principle, the Lord has blessed my family. I know it to be true.
We had done everything right. We paid our tithing; we had a year’s supply; we were trying to get out of debt; we were going to church every week. Why would the Lord allow this to happen?
One day I started to pay tithing anyway. As always I continued to plan my budget. And I began to realize that I had enough money for everything, even with the same salary.
After reviewing the law of tithing later that day, I entered my room, knelt on the floor, and began to pray. “Heavenly Father, if I have robbed Thee by not paying my tithing, I ask Thee to forgive me. I promise I will never again fail to pay it.”
Willingly pay a full tithe. Attend tithing settlement. Obey the law of the fast.
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