Ornament: Coin bag
Scripture Reading: Mark 12:41-44
Video: Jesus Teaches about the Widows Mite
Picture: Love God
- Why does Jesus say that the poor widow has given more than all the others giving money to the temple?
- Have you ever been asked to give up your time or money when you didn’t have much extra to give?
“Would any of us intentionally reject an outpouring of blessings from the Lord? Sadly, this is what we do when we fail to pay our tithing. We say no to the very blessings we are seeking and praying to receive. If you are one who has doubted the blessings of tithing, I encourage you to accept the Lord’s invitation to “prove [Him] now herewith.” Pay your tithing. Unlock the windows of heaven. You will be abundantly blessed for your obedience and faithfulness to the Lord’s laws and commandments.
“Be assured that these blessings are poured out equally upon rich and poor alike. As the hymn says, it is “sacrifice [that] brings forth the blessings of heaven,” not the sum of our contributions. Members who freely give a full 10 percent of their annual income receive all of the promised blessings of tithing, whether the amount is a widow’s mite or a king’s ransom.”
Elder Robert D. Hales, Tithing: A Test of Faith with Eternal Blessings, Ensign Magazine November 2002