Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Full Tithe Pear

Each year we have Tithing Settlement which is our opportunity to meet with our Bishop and verify our financial donations to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Today all eight of us went into the Bishop's Office together and reviewed that paying a full tithe means we donate 10% of our income to the Lord and His church. As Bishop H was talking about being full tithe payers, my first grader, who has a slight speech impediment, piped up (sporting a sheepish grin,) "We're not pears!"

Bishop H was stunned for a moment, "What?"

Still maintaining his signature sheepish grin, "We're not peyrs--we're not food!"

As Bishop H realized that 'payers' and 'pears' were homonyms in my first-grader's vocabulary, he couldn't hold back a chuckle.

I have experience and a testimony that voluntarily paying tithing, (which is used for the building and operations of our chapels, temples, and other church operations--bishops and other church leaders are volunteers,) results in temporal and spiritual blessings that surpass any loss from the financial sacrifice. After all, the Lord provides all of our living resources directly or indirectly, so tithing is just giving a little bit back to Him for building His church. The Church in turn blesses us more! There are no better investment returns than you get by investing through tithing!