Saturday, January 1, 2011

Thoughts On Money, Tithing and Children

The last couple of days I have determined that another one of my new year's goals is that my children will do more chores--and help more around the house.  In order to get them excited about it the kids and I made up a list of possible chores they could do on their own and when I asked them.

They started with ideas of a dollar a job, I chuckled that off and told them they could earn up to 25 cents on some jobs, but the most common ones pay 5-10 cents.

At dinner we talked about goals for the new year. When W asked S what her goal for the new year was she looked at me and said, "What's my goal this year Mom?"

W and I exchanged small smiles and I said, "How about using your nice voice all the time?" 

She smiled hopefully and said, "For money?"

I wish I could get paid for using my nice voice. . . I'd be a lot more motivated to use my nice voice on a much more consistent basis. . . even when the kids are skipping gleefully out of their bedroom when they are supposed to be asleep.

Along with making an income we talked about tithing tonight after the payment of funds.

One of the blessings of membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the privilege of paying tithing. This privilege is a double blessing. By paying tithing, Church members show their gratitude to God for their blessings and their resolve to trust in the Lord rather than in material things. They also help further the work of the Lord in the earth, blessing others of God’s children with the opportunity to learn of Him and to grow in the gospel...
Church members give their tithing donations to local leaders. These local leaders transmit tithing funds directly to the headquarters of the Church, where a council determines specific ways to use the sacred funds. This council is comprised of the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and the Presiding Bishopric. Acting according to revelation, they make decisions as they are directed by the Lord. (See D&C 120:1.)
Tithing funds are always used for the Lord's purposes—to build and maintain temples and meetinghouses, to sustain missionary work, to educate Church members, and to carry on the work of the Lord throughout the world. 

We talked about this verse.
"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it" (Malachi 3:10). 

After family prayer and thanking the Lord of the blessing of tithing and asking the Lord to help us to be able to recognize the blessings from paying our tithing, S turned to me very thoughtfully and said, "Mom, when the windows open will we see the angels?"

How I love my dear ones.


Whitney said...

Out of the mouth of babes! Your kids are awesome.

Michael and Tiffany Egbert said...

Way to seize a wonderful teaching opportunity!

GR82BAMOM said...

I love S's last comment. So precious!