Tithing-A Commandment

By William Bork

President Romney, many years ago, said that if we as Wards would double our Fast Offering, we would double the Spirituality in theHarold_Copping_The_Widows_Mite_400 Ward. I believe the same is true for our individual homes. Today is the day to rededicate ourselves to pay a full tithing and a generous fast offering. Sister Bork loved the story of the widow in the Temple as given to us in Mark 12:41-44. Our Lord used her as an example of a beautiful woman of great worth who was willing to share what she had with others. Verse 42: “And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.” Verse 43: And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, “Verily I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury.” The widow was probably a woman few people knew or noticed. We know her worldly possessions were few but the Savior was not concerned about these things. He did not look upon her outward appearance. The Lord values His children for reasons far different than the world. In 1 Samuel 16;7, we are told that he, “seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”

My Brothers and Sisters, may we give a Full Tithe and also give a generous Fast Offering so the Lord might bless us in these difficult economic times. This I leave you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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