Tithes and Offerings

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Tithes are the contributions we choose to give which make up a tenth of our earnings or income and the contributions are for doing the work of the Lord (see D&C 119). Offerings, in this case, I believe, are those contributions we give willingly that are more than the tenth of our earnings.

How does our willingness to pay tithes and offerings show gratitude to our Heavenly Father for all His blessings to us? In what ways does the payment of tithes and offerings help us thank our Heavenly Father?

Proverbs 3:9 reads, “Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase”. The money or things that we earn from our hard work, mean a lot to us. These things make up the way that we provide for ourselves, and it is natural to feel strongly about the ownership of what we earn. When we willingly give of the things that we have earned, we show that we know we were able to earn what we did, because of the Lord’s help. In humility, we give something back for the blessings that were given, because we are grateful to the Lord for all that He has given. I think that our choice to pay tithes and offerings, is a way to show the Lord that we will be obedient to His laws. Being obedient is a way to show our gratitude. Our gratitude, obedience, and faith will honor the Lord.

What is an honest tithe?

We learned about honesty in the last chapter (Honesty). Honesty is being truthful and not purposefully deceiving anyone. We cannot deceive the Lord, because he sees and knows all. If we justify reasons for not paying tithing, or for adjusting the amount we should pay, we are not paying an honest tithe. This is, in effect, stealing from God. We learn about this in Malachi 3, which says the following:

8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

An honest tithe, is giving to the Lord, what truly belongs to Him. Deuteronomy 14:22 reads, “Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year. (emphasis added)” If we have any question on what we should pay tithing on, our church leaders (specifically the Bishops) are there to help us to know.

In what ways is tithing a principle of faith more than a principle of finances?

The Lord does not need our money to take care of his people, he has all power to take care of the saints. What the Lord needs, is our obedience to this principle to show our faith. In modern revelations, the Lord has told us, “Behold, now it is called today until the coming of the Son of Man, and verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing of my people; for he that is tithed shall not be burned at his coming. (D&C 64:23)” When we choose to give of that which we have earned, to further the work of the Lord, we submit our will to the Lord’s will. Every time we give, we are using our faith in God, hoping that our obedience will be pleasing to the Lord. For some it literally is an act of faith, that we will receive even greater blessings than the financial benefits of that money or goods.

What can parents do to teach their children to pay tithing and understand its importance?

Leading by example is a great way to teach this principle and its importance. We need to show that we consider paying tithing to be a vitally important thing to us. Also, we teach our children by having lessons about tithing, by giving them opportunities to earn money themselves, and showing them how and why they should pay tithing for what they earn.

Why is our attitude important as we pay tithing?

Our attitude in paying tithing, reflects our attitude toward obeying the Lord. When we pay with an ungrateful heart, or unwillingly, we are not learning the principle that the Lord wants us to learn. The act of paying tithes and offerings is so much bigger than just giving money to the church. It is our proof to the Lord, that we choose and have a desire to sacrifice something for Him. The promised blessings can only come, if we have the right attitude about paying tithes.

What does it mean to you to be a “cheerful giver”?

According to the Apostle Paul, we need to be a “cheerful giver” when we pay our tithing (see 2 Corinthians 9:7). Being a cheerful giver is being happy about paying tithes and offerings. I find it easiest to do this, when I choose not to consider that tenth as my money. When I earn my income, or when my husband does, I start first by thinking about returning what the Lord has earned through my work, to him. It was never mine to begin with, so I need to give it to the Lord so that he can bless others with it. Knowing that it will help to further God’s work, brings me happiness.

To take it a step further, we should have a desire to give more, in fact to give all that we possibly can. Our offerings, should also be given cheerfully. It is not right to boast of the things we give, but it is always good to give what we can. In Omni 1:26 we read, “And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved.” Whether our offerings are monetary or service, they should be done with all our hearts and souls, and with happiness.

In what ways does the Church use tithing funds and other offerings?

Tithes are used to build church building and temples, to help the missionaries, to provide more church materials for learning, and so on. Fast offerings are used to help the poor and needy. Specific offerings are for missionaries, for helping others with education, for relief to those who suffer from disasters, and so much more. Sometimes we are not able to give financial offerings, but we can give offerings of our time and energy in many ways, such as serving at food storehouses, where the church works to help the needy.

What are some blessings you, your family members, or your friends have received through the payment of tithing and other offerings?

Continuing in Malachi 3:10, we read, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” The most obvious blessings to my family from paying our tithings, has been that we have never had to go without the necessities of life. We have been greatly blessed to always have our needs met, even when all practical ways have shown we should be going without food or something. Every time we feel like we are getting to a place where our kids are going to go without something, someone has felt prompted to bring something to our home that they no longer needed. At these times, I cannot truly express just how blessed we felt for paying our tithing. I know that we are also blessed also in the spirit in our home, being worthy to go to the temple (which provides amazing blessings on its own), and many other spiritual blessings. We are always taken care of. I know that just because we pay tithing, it does not mean that we will receive some physical thing in return, but I know that blessings will come that help us to deal with certain trying situations. I cannot imagine even considering not paying tithing in my life. It is a sacrifice for us, and we have gone without a lot of things so that we could pay our tithing, but I know that the strength and comfort I receive through obedience to this principle, is greater than any of the struggles that may come.

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1 Response to “Tithes and Offerings”


  1. 1 Ossila Morinvil June 21, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Thanks


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