Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blessings of Tithing

Elder Carl B. Pratt said in his talk, "The Lord's Richest Blessing
"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."
Anciently, the Lord's followers were commanded to pay a tithe, and were counseled to play it "cheerfully." This commandment still applies to Christ's followers in His church today. Paying tithing shows God our thanks and our willingness to follow Him and His commandments. In turn, the Lord promises to bless us abundantly, both spiritually and temporally. 

The following story is a testimony of the tender mercies and blessings the Lord provides when we obey his commandments.


Why pay tithing? As a child, I had been taught to, and in the scriptures we are taught it is a commandment from God. Malachi 3:10 reads:
"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 now be room enough to receive it."
It was October, and I was shopping for Halloween costumes for my three children. Trying to stretch our student budget dollar, I stopped by the local children's consignment shop to check if they had a good deal on costumes. I had my baby and almost 3-year-old with me. My 5-year-old was in school. My children were already restless from running other errands, so I knew this would need to be a quick trip. 

We came in, and I looked through the racks of costumes. I found a couple costumes that would work for my younger two, they weren't particular about what they wore, but I still didn't see anything for my oldest. I went over the racks a second time, hoping I had missed something suitable for him—no luck. Just as I was gathering up our things, my almost 3-year-old, reached his hand into the rack, and drawing it out revealed it: the exact superhero costume my 5-year-old wanted, and in the right size! 

Some may say, "Wow! What a coincidence," but I know better. I know that finding this perfect costume was a direct blessing from paying tithing. 

My Heavenly Father knows me, and my family's needs and wants. He continually blesses us. A superhero costume may seem so insignificant, but on that day in October, Heavenly Father manifested His love for me and my family.

— Breanne Olson

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

19 Images of Christ That Will Inspire You

Easter is a special time of the year. Spring has sprung, school is winding down, and summer is around the corner. Here in College Station, Texas, the wild flowers paint both sides of the highway and are a constant reminder of the God's beauty, power, and grace.

Each Easter, I am reminded of the interaction between the angels at Christ's tomb and his disciples...

And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 
He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. 
And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
I hope that we will always remember His words and seek Him in every area of our lives. Each of these unique images of Christ can remind us of different ways He blessed and healed and lifted everyone around Him. As you look at these images, I hope you will feel the peace and hope that come from knowing His tomb was empty, and Jesus Christ lives again today. I testify that He lives!
Christus - Bertel Thorvaldsen

Christ and the Rich Young Ruler - Heinrich Hofmann

The Crucifixion - Carl Bloch

Christ Walking on Water - Julius Von Klever

Christ in Gethsemane - Carl Bloch

Healing at the Pool of Bethesda - Carl Bloch

Let Your Light So Shine - Simon Dewey
Greatest in the Kingdom - J. Kirk Richards

Stilling the Storm - Ted Henninger

Christ and a Boy - Carl Bloch

Lost and Found - Greg Olsen

Lead, Kindly Light - Simon Dewey

The Lord is My Shepherd - Morgan Weistling

O Jerusalem - Greg Olsen

In the arms of His love - Greg Olsen

Jesus Christ visits the Americas - John Scott

Gentle Healer - Greg Olsen

Jehovah Creates the Earth - Walter Rane

He Is Risen - Del Parsons

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

30 Uplifting Quotes from General Conference

This past weekend, General Authorities and leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke to members throughout the world in our annual General Conference. Here are a few of the most inspiring and encouraging quotes spoken. 

Visit lds.org to read, watch and listen all of the talks from conference. 
(Click on each quote to enlarge it.)