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Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Richest Blessings



Series on Tithing
Tithing is 10 Percent of "Income" Cash or Otherwise
Tithe the Firstlings Not The Leftovers
"Money and Bank Accounts Are Not His Richest Blessings"
The Richest Blessings
More Than 10 Percent



In his recent General Conference address, "The Lord’s Richest Blessings" by Elder Carl B. Pratt addresses tithing by telling a story of his grandparents. He draws the following implications:
I have come to understand that the Lord’s richest blessings are spiritual, and they often have to do with family, friends, and the gospel. He often seems to give the blessing of a special sensitivity to the influence and guidance of the Holy Spirit, especially in marriage and family matters like raising children. Such spiritual sensitivity can help us enjoy the blessings of harmony and peace in the home. President James E. Faust suggested that the payment of tithing is “an excellent insurance against divorce” (“Enriching Your Marriage,” Liahona, Apr. 2007, 5; Ensign, Apr. 2007, 7).
The payment of tithing helps us develop a submissive and humble heart and a grateful heart that tends to “confess … his hand in all things” (D&C 59:21). Tithe-paying fosters in us a generous and forgiving heart and a charitable heart full of the pure love of Christ. We become eager to serve and bless others with an obedient heart, submissive to the Lord’s will. Regular tithe payers find their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ strengthened, and they develop a firm, abiding testimony of His gospel and of His Church. None of these blessings are monetary or material in any way, but surely they are the Lord’s richest blessings.
This is an impressive list:
Spiritual Sensitivity
Submissiveness
Humble Heart
Gratitude
Generosity
Forgiveness
Charity
Eagerness to Serve
Obedient
Faithfulness
Strong Testimony

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