Doctrine & Covenants 119:3-4
“And this shall be the beginning of the tithing of my people. And after that, those who have thus been tithed shall pay one-tenth of all their interest annually; and this shall be a standing law unto them forever, for my holy priesthood, saith the Lord.”
In section 115, the Lord reveals that the Church should be called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Saints are told to begin building a temple in Far West, Missouri. Unfortunately, due to persecution, the Saints were unable to complete the temple there. Only the cornerstones were placed.
In section 119, Joseph Smith is given the law of tithing. The Prophet had prayed and asked the Lord how much of their property He required for sacred purposes. The Lord explains that tithing is one tenth of their interest (income). Tithing provides the means to build temples, church buildings, and other things the Church needs to function properly. It also brings us personal blessings and increases our faith. The tithing funds are managed by a council that includes the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve, and the Presiding Bishopric.
“The imagery of the ‘windows’ of heaven used by Malachi is most instructive. Windows allow natural light to enter into a building. In like manner, spiritual illumination and perspective are poured out through the windows of heaven and into our lives as we honor the law of tithing. I promise that as you and I observe and keep the law of tithing, indeed the windows of heaven will be opened and spiritual and temporal blessings will be poured out such that there shall not be room enough to receive them (see Malachi 3:10).” David A. Bednar
Paying tithing takes faith, discipline, and budgeting. This activity helps family members understand how the early Saints paid tithing, and the blessings that we receive from paying tithing today.
Give each child ten Cheddar Pennies and help the children understand how they would pay one tenth in tithing. Tell them about a few of the many things that tithing provides for the Church.
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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