“Soon after I joined the Church I had to make a serious commitment to the Lord. It was to give back a tenth portion to the Lord. My siblings and I had little money income, which barely managed to last us a month. Thinking of how little our income was and how little our tithes would be, I searched the topic of tithing in the Scriptures, looking for exceptions to our circumstances.
As I was searching my topic I remembered the circumstances of the Nephites when the resurrected Savior visited them. They had lost almost everything due to the physical upheavals attesting to His crucifixion and were very poor. Regardless of their circumstances the Savior commanded them to write what Heavenly Father has commanded by the mouth of Malachi the Prophet (3 Nephi 24:1-3). Then I knew that even in our circumstances we are not exempt from obeying His commands. I did seek for His forgiveness for not acknowledging His divine provision to all those who seek to come unto Him. Through that commitment we managed our daily needs. Through that experience, and others over the years, I have learned many gospel principles attached to the law of tithing.
I have learned that the important moment to show our trust in Heavenly Father and prove Him is by obeying His commandments when circumstances seem very hard to comply with. I am very grateful for the wonderful blessings of tithing. I know that obedience to the law of tithing can help us focus on our temporal and spiritual welfare.
I know that our Heavenly Father is mindful of each one of us in our difficult circumstances. He wants to bless us as we find joy in giving our skills, time and resources to help build His kingdom here on earth and walk uprightly with a clear conscience before Him, looking up for His promised blessings.”
From Preach My Gospel:
“Tithing is an ancient, divine law...It is a privilege to contribute to the growth of the kingdom of God through paying tithing...The blessings we receive from paying our tithing may be temporal or spiritual, but they will come to those who obey this divine law...Our tithes are holy to the Lord, and we honor Him by paying tithing...Those who do not pay tithing rob God (see Malachi 3:8). They keep for themselves something that rightfully belongs to Him...Paying tithing is an expression of our faith. It is an outward sign of our belief in God and His work” (Preach My Gospel, 78-79).
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