“Lesson 44: Malachi Teaches about Tithes and Offerings,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 196–201
“Lesson 44,” Primary 6: Old Testament, 196–201
To strengthen each child’s commitment to pay an honest tithe.
Malachi 3:7–12—Israel is commanded to pay tithes and offerings and is promised great blessings.
Doctrine and Covenants 119:3–4—The Saints are to pay one-tenth of their interest annually as tithing.
Doctrine and Covenants 64:23–24—Those who are tithed shall not be burned at the Second Coming.
1 Corinthians 2:9—The Lord has prepared great things for those who love him.
Study the lesson and decide how you want to teach the children the scripture account (see “Preparing Your Lessons,” p. vi, and “Teaching from the Scriptures,” p. vii). Select the discussion questions and enrichment activities that will best help the children achieve the purpose of the lesson.
Make or trace a copy of a lock and key. Tape or glue the illustration of the lock on the lid of a small box. Put in the box slips of paper with the following references: Malachi 3:10–12; Doctrine and Covenants 64:23–24; and 1 Corinthians 2:9. Before class, hide the illustration of the key somewhere in your classroom.
A Bible for each child.
The visual “Ways Tithes and Offerings Are Used” (at the end of the lesson).
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
You may use one or more of the following activities any time during the lesson or as a review, summary, or challenge.
Give a tithing and other donations slip to each child. Give the children each different amounts of pretend money, and have them fill out the tithing slip according to how much money they received. (Some children may need help figuring out what 10 percent of the amount is.) Discuss what fast offerings are and how the Church uses this money to help those who are worthy and in need. Discuss how money donated to the missionary fund is used, and talk about offerings that might be included in the “Other” category. After filling out all the applicable information on the tithing slip, spend a few moments talking about where the money goes after people give their donations to the bishop. (See the visual at the end of the lesson for ideas about how tithing money is used and what other offerings we can make.)
Read 2 Corinthians 9:6–7 and discuss how it relates to the way we pay our tithes and offerings. Have the children smile for the following sentences that represent a cheerful giver and frown for those that represent giving grudgingly:
I feel good when I pay an honest tithe.
I know if I do not pay my tithing, my parents will be angry with me.
I feel blessed to have enough food to eat, so I am willing to fast. I know the money my parents pay as fast offerings will help the poor. I want everyone to have enough to eat.
Just think of all the toys I could buy with my tithing money.
The Lord has given me so many blessings; I want to pay an honest tithe to show my gratitude.
The Lord has commanded us to pay 10 percent for tithing, so why does he ask us to give more for other things? My tithing should be enough.
The Lord wants the gospel preached to everyone on the earth, and I want to do my part in helping the missionaries do this.
Write on the chalkboard a simple budget, such as the following:
Gift for Mom’s birthday
Ask the children what is wrong with this budget. Explain that if we pay tithes and offerings last, there may not be enough money left. Help the children understand that the first thing they should do when they get money is pay their tithes and offerings. Then they have made the Lord a partner and he will help them have enough for their needs as they use the rest of the money wisely. Discuss how the budget might be adjusted so there would be enough money to pay tithes and offerings.
Tell the following story by Elder Dallin H. Oaks:
“During World War II, my widowed mother supported her three young children on a schoolteacher’s salary that was meager. When I became conscious that we went without some desirable things because we didn’t have enough money, I asked my mother why she paid so much of her salary as tithing. I have never forgotten her explanation: ‘Dallin, there might be some people who can get along without paying tithing, but we can’t. The Lord has chosen to take your father and leave me to raise you children. I cannot do that without the blessings of the Lord, and I obtain those blessings by paying an honest tithing. When I pay my tithing, I have the Lord’s promise that he will bless us, and we must have those blessings if we are to get along’” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1994, pp. 43–44; or Ensign, May 1994, p. 33).
Sing or read the words to “I’m Glad to Pay a Tithing” (Children’s Songbook, p. 150) or “I Want to Give the Lord My Tenth” (Children’s Songbook, p. 150).
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.