There are at least three ways that paying a full tithe in this life prepares us to feel what we need to feel to receive the gift of eternal life.
We should pay [tithes and offerings] as a personal expression of love to a generous and merciful Father in Heaven.
Pay your tithing. Unlock the windows of heaven. You will be abundantly blessed for your obedience and faithfulness to the Lord’s laws and commandments.
The Lord has established the law of tithing as the law of revenue of His Church.
We have been given commandments to help us prepare in every way to live in the presence of our Heavenly Father. He has given us a way to thank Him for our blessings. Willingly paying tithes and offerings is one way we thank Him.
Chapter 19: “Temporal Blessings and the Law of Tithing,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: John Taylor
[The law of tithing] is a test to the people of God, or for us who profess to be, that we may know whether people will observe a certain specific law given by the Almighty or not, and thus have a proof of their fidelity and obedience.
Paying tithing allows us to participate in the Lord’s work by returning a portion of that which belongs to Him.
Chapter 31: “Obedience to the Law of Tithing,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith
God requires one-tenth of our increase to be put into His storehouse; and this is given as a standing law to all of the Stakes of Zion. By this principle (tithing) the loyalty of the people of this Church shall be put to the test.
James E. Faust, “Come Listen to a Prophet’s Voice: Opening the Windows of Heaven,” Liahona, Sept. 2002
Tithing is a principle of sacrifice and a key to opening the windows of heaven.
If you always pay an honest tithing, the Lord will bless you. It will be the best investment you will ever make.
When you and I pay honest, true tithes to the Lord, the Lord will open the windows of heaven.
As we pay our tithing faithfully, the Lord will open the windows of heaven and pour out upon us His richest blessings.
I know that Sister Richards and I received many blessings as a result of paying tithing. I have also witnessed the overflow of blessings that have come to faithful Latter-day Saints in remote parts of the world because they were willing to pay tithing.
I learned that we are going to be tested from all sides. Some of the most difficult challenges are internal ones, in the quiet of our own hearts and minds.
Genuine sacrifice has been a hallmark of the faithful from the beginning.
Jorge Luis del Castillo, “Lessons from the Old Testament: My Father’s Last Words,” Liahona, Dec. 2006
The law of tithing is a great blessing to our family. I have learned that the Lord does not need my tithing; rather, I am the one who needs the blessings that come from obeying this law.
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