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Why do we pay tithing?

Paying tithing is a sacred privilege. When we pay tithing we show gratitude for all that God has given us and return to Him a portion of what we have received. Tithing is used to build temples and meetinghouses, translate and publish the scriptures, do missionary and family history work, and in other ways build God’s kingdom on earth.

Prepare yourself spiritually

What scriptures and other resources will help the young women understand why we pay tithing?

Malachi 3:8–10 or 3 Nephi 24:8–10; D&C 64:23 (Blessings promised to those who pay tithing)

D&C 119 (The law of tithing revealed)

Henry B. Eyring, “The Blessings of Tithing,” Liahona, June 2011, 4–5

David A. Bednar, “The Windows of Heaven,Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2013

Jeffrey R. Holland, “Like a Watered Garden,” Ensign, Nov. 2001, 33–35

Gordon B. Hinckley, “We Walk by Faith,” Ensign, May 2002, 72–74

Tithing,” True to the Faith (2004), 180–82

Tithes and Offerings,For the Strength of Youth (2011), 38–39

Share experiences

At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.

Introduce the doctrine

Choose from these ideas or think of your own to introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Ask some of the young women to read the story about Mary Fielding Smith in Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk “Like a Watered Garden.” Ask the rest of the young women to read the story about the university student in Brazil in President Gordon B. Hinckley’s talk “We Walk by Faith.” Invite them to summarize the stories to each other and share what they learn from the stories about the importance of paying tithing.
  • Write on the board, “Why do you pay tithing?” Invite the young women to imagine that a friend of another faith asks them this question. How would they respond? Encourage them to share an experience they or their family has had related to tithing.

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help the young women understand the law of tithing. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:

  • Ask the young women to search Malachi 3:8–10 and D&C 64:23 and share the promises made to tithe payers. Ask the young women to find out what the Lord expects us to pay in tithes by reading D&C 119 (explain that “interest” is our annual “income”). Hand out tithing receipts, and let the young women explain to each other how to use them. Share how you have been blessed for paying tithing.
  • Draw three columns on the chalkboard with the following headings: Blessings, How Funds Are Used, and Attitude. Divide the class into small groups, and assign each group one of the topics to research in the section titled “Tithes and Offerings” in For the Strength of Youth. Ask the young women to write what they find in the appropriate column on the board. Invite a few of them to share their testimonies of the law of tithing.
  • Divide the class into two groups. Ask one group to read President Henry B. Eyring’s article “The Blessings of Tithing,” and ask the other group to read paragraphs 2–13 of Elder David A. Bednar’s talk “The Windows of Heaven.” Ask each group to make a list of the blessings we receive when we pay tithing, and then write the blessings on the board. Invite the young women to share blessings that have come to them and their families from paying tithing. Ask them how living the law of tithing will help their future marriages and families.

Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand why we pay tithing? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time on this doctrine?

Live what we are learning

Invite the young women to consider how they will live by what they have learned today. For example, they could:

  • Commit to paying a full tithe and write that goal in their journals.
  • Complete Choice and Accountability value experience 7 in Personal Progress.