Saturday, January 26, 2008


Last night I was reading the BYU today magazine (it's the alumni magazine for BYU). They had a few articles on finances, which -- of course, I'm interested in. Always wanting to see how we're doing and get good ideas.
In the articles they mentioned that because we pay tithing (church members who wish to be in full-standing pay 10% of their increase all year to the church), we can't expect to have everything that everyone else does. Frankly, I've never heard that before. Whenever you hear about tithing you hear that the blessings will far outweigh what you give, and you'll never miss a thing. But realisticially, you will. I'd just never heard it from anyone.
Yes, there are countless blessings. And more importantly, the church needs that money to run well. So, I give with a willing heart (most times). But, we do need to be realistic about how it all comes-out in the wash. My money could've gone to a new car... or to Heavenly Father. It was my choice. :)


  1. I read the same article and had similar thoughts. I don't think it's possible (on a normal person's salary) or important in this life to have every possible material possession or perk. I think one of the blessings of paying tithing is perhaps it does force us to prioritize and simplify what we need and want.

  2. We look around at our lack of material possessions, and

    1. are SO grateful that we have a house...because that is more important than the dining room furniture that I covet,

    2. realize that when we choose to have six children, we decided we would rather have the children than the stuff (I know you are wondering about our mixed up priorities,

    3. and of course, with those six children we know that everything new will be old soon anyways, so why bother?

    I think that we when made the choices we made, like choosing to be a full-tithe paying, single income, family of eight, that we knew that our money wasn't going to be spent on matter how much I wish it weren't so.

    But I also know that given the opportunity to do it all again, I would make the same choice all over regrets.

  3. Joel has been hogging the magazine so I haven't read it yet, but that's very interesting.

    And you're right, we NEVER hear about how it might be a hardship. Or rarely, I mean they say it's a sacrifice. And I do believe the blessings far outweigh the sacrifice, it's just that it's not always monetarily.

  4. Good point. Although I try not to look at it like that when I'm budgeting... I pay it like the mortgage or the utilities. It's not an option. This is the only way for me to do it. All or nothing- that's me.


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