Blessings of Tithing

    “Blessings of Tithing,” Friend, September 2017

    From the First Presidency

    Blessings of Tithing

    Adapted from “The Blessings of Tithing,” Ensign, June 2011, 4–5.

    Friend Magazine 2017/09 Sep

    Illustrations by Steve Kropp

    There are at least three ways that paying a full tithe prepares us to receive the gift of eternal life.

    First, when we pay our tithes to the Church, our Heavenly Father pours out blessings upon us. The blessings are sometimes spiritual and sometimes temporal. They are given in the Lord’s time and according to what He knows is best for us. As those blessings come, our faith is increased that God is the source of everything that is good in our lives.

    Second, all of us who pay a full tithe feel greater confidence in asking God for what we need. He has promised blessings even greater than we can receive when we faithfully pay our tithes. So one of the great blessings of tithing is confidence in what the future holds. Whatever our circumstances may be, things will work out for the best.

    Third, when we pay tithing, we feel an increase in our love of God and of all God’s children. We help the Lord build temples, where families can be sealed forever. We help Him send the gospel to people everywhere. We help Him relieve hunger and suffering in His own way through His servants.

    God pours out blessings on all those who are full-tithe payers.

    I Can Pay Tithing

    Paying tithing means giving 10 percent of what we earn to the Lord. Move the decimal one spot to the left to find out how much these kids would pay for tithing. (Check answers below.)

    • ₵12.40

    • £15.70

    • $10.50

    An Important Promise

    Heavenly Father has made a very special promise to everyone who pays tithing (see Malachi 3:10). To discover this promise, answer each question below, and then use those answers to solve the code. Check your answers below.

    How many …

    • books in the Book of Mormon? ________ (A)

    • hours in a day? ________ (B)

    • books in the New Testament? ________ (C)

    • seconds in a minute? ________ (D)

    • days in a week? ________ (E)

    • years old a young woman has to be to serve a mission? ________ (F)

    • articles in the Articles of Faith? ________ (G)

    • months in a year? ________ (H)

    • years in a century? ________ (I)

    • sides on a hexagon? ________ (L)

    • commandments did the Lord give Moses? ________ (M)

    • years old you have to be to be baptized? ________ (N)

    • tails on a dog ________ (O)

    • years old a young man has to be to serve a mission? ________ (P)

    • sides on a rectangle? ________ (R)

    • toes on a foot? ________ (S)

    • pennies in a quarter? ________ (T)

    • members in the Godhead? ________ (U)

    • books in the Old Testament? ________ (V)

    • days in April? ________ (W)

    • missionaries in a typical companionship? ________ (Y)