Is Mormonism a New Religion?

Is Mormonism a religion?

A basic definition of the word “religion” is “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.” Based on that definition, all of the major faiths throughout the world could be classified as religious sects. That should also include Mormonism, the doctrines and practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently referred to as the Mormon Church by the media and others), however, there are many people who do not view Mormonism as a “religion” in the Christian sense of the word, but rather they view it as a practicing cult.

Apostle of Mormon Church Jeffrey R. Holland Testify of the Truthfulness of the Book of MormonMerriam-Webster.com defines the word “cult” as “a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious to include its body of adherents.” Another definition of the word “cult” is “a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.” Both of these definitions could adequately describe how many people view The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members, known as Latter-day Saints (but often referred to as Mormons), with the exception that the membership in The Church of Jesus Christ has grown significantly since its inception both in number of members and area covered. In 1830 when the Church of Jesus Christ was just beginning, there were only 6 members, but today there are over 14 million members worldwide. Read more

Why Are There So Many Churches?

Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going after I die? Virtually every person who has lived on the earth has asked these questions at one time or another. Many people have sought the answers to these questions through sacred scripture, prophetic utterance, prayer to God, and organized religion. Many people have found the answers to life’s questions through varied systems of religious belief—or churches—and have benefitted by associating with like-minded people who are seeking or have found answers to their questions.

What Is a Church?

A church is both a specific organization of belief and the building where meetings or worship services are held.

The specific organization of belief typically includes belief in a creator, higher power, or governing being. Most call this being God. To many, God is all-knowing (omniscient), present at all times (omnipresent), and all-powerful (omnipotent). Many religious organizations believe that God reveals His will through prophets or messengers. Included in each church organization are patterns, practices, or behaviors to live by. Read more

Is “Mormon Underwear” Really Magical?

There are some people who may wonder about the “strange” underclothing or “underwear” that faithful adult members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently referred to as the Mormon Church by the media and others) wear. They may also wonder if Mormons believe that this “underwear” has any sort of magical powers. Therefore, the question that begs an answer is “What is the underclothing that Mormons wear?”

Historical Background of the Wearing of Special Garments

A Mormon temple room with quote from James Talmage about temple rites.Throughout the course of history, people of diverse religious convictions and backgrounds have worn special clothing that serve as reminders of their sacred beliefs and commitments that they have made. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ are no different in that regard.

The Holy Bible contains many references of people wearing special garments. In the Old Testament, for example, the Israelites are specifically instructed to turn their garments into personal reminders of their covenants with God. In Numbers 15:37-41 we read:

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: and it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: that ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.

The Mormon Temple Garment

The underclothing, or as derided by some non-Mormons, the “magic underwear”, that some people have questions about is called a temple garment.

The garment is sacred and is revered and not spoken of in casual conversations. The garment is simple white clothing comprised of two pieces – a top piece that is similar to a t-shirt and a bottom piece that is similar to shorts. The garment may also consist of one complete piece. The garment is worn by adult members of The Church of Jesus Christ who have received their endowment. The endowment is something that is personal and is only given in the House of the Lord – the Holy Temple.

In keeping with the basic dictionary definition of an endowment being a gift given by a higher power, the endowment that a person receives is a gift of knowledge consisting of a series of instructions and covenants that enable him to leave the House of the Lord and return to live in the world, but not be of the world, with the Holy Spirit as his constant protection and guide, and an increase in spiritual strength and direction.

The Mormon Temple Garment is a Symbol

Endowed members of The Church of Jesus Christ wear their temple garment as a symbol of the covenants that they have made with the Lord. The temple garment serves as an Washington DC Mormon Templeoutward reminder to Latter-day Saints of their commitment to love, worship, and follow Jesus Christ.

The garment is worn under regular clothing, both night and day. The garment should not be removed, either entirely or partially, to do yard work or to wash the car, for example, or to participate in any other activities that can reasonably be done with the garment worn properly beneath the clothing. In the same vein, the garment should not be removed to lounge around the home in swimwear or any type of immodest clothing. In the event that the garment must be removed, such as for swimming, it should be put back on as soon as possible. Also, if the garment consists of two pieces, both pieces must always be worn together.

The temple garment is “an outward expression of an inward covenant and symbolizes Christ-like attributes in one’s mission in life. The white garment symbolizes purity and helps assure modesty and respect for the attributes of God” (What are Latter-day Saint Garments? LDS FAQs, BYU Studies). The garment can also be seen as a symbol by referencing the Apostle Paul’s teaching to take upon us the whole armor of God (See Ephesians 6:13 and Doctrine and Covenants 27:15.)

Wearing the Mormon Temple Garment Bring About Great Blessings

Wearing the temple garments bring about great blessings to those who worthily and faithfully keep the sacred covenants that they have made in the temple.

Once people are endowed, they have the blessing of wearing the temple garment throughout their lives. They are obligated to wear it according to the instructions given in the endowment. Those who have been endowed in the temple must remember that the blessings that are related to this sacred privilege depend on their worthiness and their faithfulness in keeping temple covenants.

The garment provides a constant reminder of the covenants made in the temple. The garment should be treated with respect at all times. It should not be exposed to the view of those who do not understand its significance, and it should not be adjusted to accommodate different styles of clothing. When worn properly, the garment provides protection against temptation and evil. Wearing the garment is an outward expression of an inward commitment to follow the Savior. (“Gospel Topic: Temples,” Wearing the Temple Garment, LDS.org.)

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BYU Students Share Letters & Reflections on Scripture

BYU (Brigham Young University) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.”  As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple semesters of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes.

In this series (see below), students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the Book of Mormon in the form of letters to someone they know. We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures.

In publishing these, we fulfill their desire to speak to all of us of the relevance, power and beauty of the Book of Mormon, a second witness of Jesus Christ and complement to the Bible. The Book of Mormon includes the religious history of a group of Israelites who settled in ancient America.  (The names they use are those of prophets who taught the Book of Mormon peoples to look forward to the coming of Christ—Nephi, Lehi, Alma, Helaman, and other unfamiliar names.  We hope those names will become more familiar to you as you read their inspiring words and feel the relevance and divinity of their messages through these letters.)

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mormon-Gethsemene1Not My Path, but Thine
An email written to my sister

Hey Britt,

In my Book of Mormon class we talked about something that made me think of the two of us. We are reading in Ether 1 right now, where the brother of Jared is praying to the Lord to help guide him and his family somewhere safe. In verses 41 and 42, God directs the brother of Jared to “go to and gather together thy flocks…and thy families,” and after he’s done that, to “go at the head of them down into the valley which is northward. And there will I meet thee, and I will go before thee into a land which is choice above all lands of the earth.”

What’s interesting is that the Lord is only giving the brother of Jared a few steps to follow at a time. He does not reveal the entire path that he and his family are to follow, but rather gives him two steps and a brief glimpse of the future. He also doesn’t make it as easy as he could for them. The Lord has the power to provide them with all their provisions and to carry them easily to the Promised Land, but that would not give them a chance to exercise faith in Him and to develop. The final destination is the Promised Land, but what’s important is how the Lord gets us there.

This is applicable to how Jesus Christ will guide and direct us as well. The Lord does not give us a detailed layout of our entire life plan because that would defeat the purpose of why we are here. The point of being here is to learn to have faith in Him and trust that he will guide us where we can grow and become like Him. The Lord does not reveal the path of our lives in full detail because it isn’t the destination that’s most important. Returning to Heaven so that we can live with Heavenly Father is an important goal, but what’s more important is that we become like God along the way. We lived with Him for eons before coming to Earth, so what will be different when we return to him is how we’ve changed. If we trust in God’s path for us, if we follow his guidance even when it leads us to places we didn’t think we were supposed to go, He will strengthen us far past our own abilities. If the Lord gave us everything we asked for, if he made it easy for us, then we would not progress as far as the Lord has planned for us. Rather, it is through exercising our agency in a faithful and righteous manner and learning to submit our will to Heavenly Father’s that we develop spiritually.

The reason that I thought of you when we were talking about this is because of your mission. I know that you had planned on going on a mission and serving the Lord, and that would have been a good experience. But the Lord had a different path he wanted you to follow, and John came into your life.  You determined that the Lord wanted you to forego a mission at that point and marry John instead. I know you had a bit of a struggle making that decision, but I’m so grateful you had the courage and faith to follow the Lord’s plan for you. We may struggle with disappointment and confusion when the Lord upsets what we thought was the plan, but I know that it will be for our greater good if we submit to His will.

I love you Brittie

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Mormon thoughts: Armor of God

BYU Students Share Letters & Reflections on Scripture

Brigham Young University (BYU) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.” As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple semesters of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes.

Here, in this column, students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the New Testament and gospel of Jesus Christ in the form of letters to someone they know.  In publishing these, we fulfill their desire to witness to all of us of the relevance, power, and beauty of the New Testament, and God’s plan of happiness for each of us.  We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures. Let us know how these may help you in your own life. Share them with a friend.

mormon-church“Armor of God: Letter to Brother also Preparing to Serve a Mission”

Dear Baylor:

Baylor!!! I still can’t believe you finally got your mission call! The people of Chiclayo Peru are going to be so lucky to have you, and I cannot wait to be missionaries at the same time together! It’s going to be so fun writing each other letters while we’re both in the field.

This week in my New Testament class, we’ve been reading in the book of Ephesians. In Ephesians 6:3-17 you find the armor of God description that we’ve all been taught time and time again. However, reading and studying it as a future missionary preparing to serve in Ecuador, I had a completely different perspective this time around.  I now feel that I can relate to it better. Since you are also a future missionary preparing to serve, I thought I would share my observations so you too can look at the armor of God from a missionary perspective.

One of the most important things we are always going to need by our side out in the field is TRUTH. This is why we are directed in Ephesians 6:14 to have our “…loins girt about with truth….” Without having truth how are we supposed to expect anyone we talk to or teach to believe what we have to say? Being truthful in ALL things is necessary in the mission field.

Then in that same verse it admonishes us to have on the “breastplate of righteousness.” People always assume that because someone is a missionary, they are righteous. However this is not always the case. A lot of people go out for the wrong reasons and stay out for the wrong reasons as well. I know we are both going for the right reasons, so that’s good. However we will have to work to maintain these righteous endeavors while in the field. In the next verse it says that we need to have our “…feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” THIS IS OUR WHOLE PURPOSE AS FUTURE MISSIONARIES. If we’re not prepared in the gospel of peace how are we supposed to teach others the gospel and bring them to Christ?! If we go out into the field unprepared, it will not only negatively affect us but those searching for truth in their life as well. This is why future missionaries need to prepare, prepare, prepare.

Now for the last three from verses 16 and 17. Take the “shield of faith”, the “helmet of salvation”, and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.” Out of all the instructions given to us about the armor of God in this chapter of Ephesians, I believe these three things to be the most important when it comes to missionary work. Faith in Jesus Christ, the Plan of Salvation, and simply living the word of God are the three essential things that missionaries teach to investigators. If someone can gain a testimony of these three things, then everything else will come more easily, and they will have the light of Christ’s true church in their lives.

Baylor, I know that you are going to be a great missionary, and that you are doing a wonderful job preparing to serve. I love you and will see you in a few weeks!

Love, Abbie

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Mormon Thoughts: Avoid “Foolish Questions”

BYU Students Share Letters & Reflections on Scripture

Brigham Young University (BYU) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.” As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple semesters of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes.

Here, in this column, students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the New Testament and gospel of Jesus Christ in the form of letters to someone they know.  In publishing these, we fulfill their desire to witness to all of us of the relevance, power, and beauty of the New Testament, and God’s plan of happiness for each of us.  We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures. Let us know how these may help you in your own life. Share them with a friend.

Jesus Christ MormonismAvoid “Foolish Questions”
To my sister who teaches a class at an elementary school.

Dear Sister,

I came across a few verses in my New Testament class that I think might help you when you’re teaching your class at school. I actually applied this principle while teaching on my mission as well, but I think it will apply to your class too.

In 2 Timothy 2:23-25 it says “But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves….” This might sound kind of deep, but it’s really a simple principle.”

I remember many experiences from my mission when we were teaching investigators who weren’t taking us seriously. They would try either to ask really hard questions to confuse us or to begin an argument. Or else they would ask very frivolous and “light-hearted” questions as a distraction from the lesson. It was easy to tell if their questions were sincere, and if they were taking the lesson seriously. I think this can apply to the children that you teach. I know that you are often stressed teaching your class, because the kids might be stubborn or distract from your lessons. Perhaps this bit of counsel might help. Try to avoid distractions and “foolish questions” that will ruin the flow of your lesson, and just continue with the material. Don’t ignore their questions, but try to segway it back into the lesson.

Remember, this verse says that we “must not strive, but be gentle unto all men” and to be “patient” and teach in meekness. As it says in The Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi 12:29: “contention…is of the devil.” Be patient and kind as you do your best to stay in control of your class.

I hope this helps! Love you!

Hayden

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Mormon Thoughts: Doctrine of Christ

BYU Students Share Letters & Reflections on Scripture

Brigham Young University (BYU) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.” As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple semesters of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes.

Here, in this column, students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the New Testament and gospel of Jesus Christ in the form of letters to someone they know.  In publishing these, we fulfill their desire to witness to all of us of the relevance, power, and beauty of the New Testament, and God’s plan of happiness for each of us.  We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures. Let us know how these may help you in your own life. Share them with a friend.

Jesus Christ“The Doctrine of Christ”
Note to my parents

In New Testament this week we discussed 1 Timothy, Titus, and 2 Timothy. My thoughts will be brief and all over the place. Some people condemn Mormons for doing genealogy work, but we don’t do it to benefit ourselves. 1 Timothy 1:4 says to not give heed to “endless genealogies”, thinking that you will be saved by who you are related to (people back then were trying to trace themselves back to Abraham to prove that they were saved). Members of the Church do genealogy work to help their ancestors, not to take something away from them.

Later in that same chapter, Paul calls himself the chief of all sinners. He says that he is a pattern for us to follow when trying to repent and be forgiven of our sins; because if Christ can forgive him, then He can surely forgive us. It gives me hope that if Christ will forgive and make something great out of the “chief sinner”, then He can forgive and maybe even make something out of me.

In 1 Timothy 4:1, it says that some will “depart from the faith” and give heed to “doctrines of devils.” Notice that “doctrines” was plural, it didn’t say “the doctrine of the devil.” This is because there is not just one way that Satan tries to drag us down to misery and endless woe. I think most people can say that at one point or another, they felt like Satan was trying a million and one ways to tear them down. In contrast, later in this same chapter Paul refers to “the doctrine of Christ”, which is singular. There is only ONE way to eternal life and salvation, and that is through the gospel of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice. He doesn’t give us a million different options or just try to make us figure it out on our own. He has laid it out clearly and simply–have faith in Him, repent, be baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. I’ve really come to appreciate the simplicity of the doctrine of Christ as I’ve studied it in both New Testament and my mission prep class. It all makes so much sense and when taught by the Spirit, I know that the doctrine of Christ will resonate with people who want to follow Christ.

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Mormon Thoughts: Overcoming

BYU Students Share Letters & Reflections on Scripture

Brigham Young University (BYU) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.” As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple semesters of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes.

Here, in this column, students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the New Testament and gospel of Jesus Christ in the form of letters to someone they know.  In publishing these, we fulfill their desire to witness to all of us of the relevance, power, and beauty of the New Testament, and God’s plan of happiness for each of us.  We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures. Let us know how these may help you in your own life. Share them with a friend.

mormon-jesus-Children1“Overcoming”
Letter to my friend

In my New Testament class this week, we were reading in Hebrews, and I especially liked chapter 2. It dealt with Christ and His condescension and atonement. In this chapter, Paul talks about how Christ descended below us all and was judged by our works. If Christ had been judged by His works, He would have been judged as perfect because He led a perfect life, never giving into temptation or sinning.

Some people question why we even need Christ to be our mediator because God is all-powerful, so He should just be able to save us. But sin brings us farther away from God, and sinning is inevitable. And no amount of suffering on our part would bridge that gap between us and God. That is why we need Christ—He can bridge that gap. In chapter 2, verse 18 it says, “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” The two things that had to be overcome for us to live with God again were death and Hell.

Some people also question why God did not just destroy those things from Heaven. Well, the reason He didn’t is because it was impossible. Death and Hell had to be destroyed from within; so, that’s exactly what Christ did. In Gethsemane Christ was burdened with all of the sins from the children of God, and being thus full of sins, He was cut off from the presence of God, so, in essence, He went into the depths of Hell. And the most amazing part of this was that Christ was able to endure and break free from the depths of Hell, thus freeing us as well. He also overcame death by dying and being resurrected. Christ overcame what we could not and bridged the gap between us and God.

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Mormon Thoughts: The Right Track

BYU Students Share Letters & Reflections on Scripture

Brigham Young University (BYU) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.” As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple semesters of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes.

Here, in this column, students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the New Testament and gospel of Jesus Christ in the form of letters to someone they know.  In publishing these, we fulfill their desire to witness to all of us of the relevance, power, and beauty of the New Testament, and God’s plan of happiness for each of us.  We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures. Let us know how these may help you in your own life. Share them with a friend.

Jesus ChristThe Right Track
Letter to some converts from my mission

1 Timothy 1:4-5 speaks of people making up endless genealogies to prove lineage to Abraham. These people worried that they wouldn’t get Abraham’s promised blessings unless they could prove lineage. The funny thing is that when we do genealogy and focus outward we are blessed so much more! Doing temple work is like missionary work on the other side of the veil.

I think it’s great that you have recently made it back to the temple! I remember many times going to the temple and feeling a very strong connection to my ancestors. Those sacred experiences I feel are only a part of that great Abrahamic promise that we all partake of in making the baptismal covenant and being adopted into the Twelve Tribes.

Another thing that struck me this week was how in 1 Timothy 4:1-4 it talks about the devils doctrines being plural and Christ’s being singular. There is only one right way. I think that a lot of the peace I feel from the gospel comes simply from the fact that I know that if I follow Christ, I will be doing the right thing. When people don’t follow Him they are literally lost. There is so much out there to try to sort out. I have been blessed with so many opportunities coming my way simply because I have put myself on the right track. In Hebrews 2:14 we learn that Christ couldn’t have conquered death in the land of the living and he couldn’t have conquered Satan in heaven. He had to conquer that within. He knows what it takes to ascend from as lowly a place as Hell. All we need to do is figure out how to find Him so that we can hold on as He lifts us out. There is no place too dark from which the Savior can’t lift you.

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Mormon Thoughts: Why Pay Tithing?

BYU Students Share Letters & Reflections on Scripture

BYU (Brigham Young University) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.”  As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple semesters of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes.

In this series (see below), students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the Book of Mormon in the form of letters to someone they know. We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures.

In publishing these, we fulfill their desire to speak to all of us of the relevance, power and beauty of the Book of Mormon, a second witness of Jesus Christ and complement to the Bible. The Book of Mormon includes the religious history of a group of Israelites who settled in ancient America.  (The names they use are those of prophets who taught the Book of Mormon peoples to look forward to the coming of Christ—Nephi, Lehi, Alma, Helaman, and other unfamiliar names.  We hope those names will become more familiar to you as you read their inspiring words and feel the relevance and divinity of their messages through these letters.)

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mormon-tithing1“Why Pay Tithing?”

My name is Tim Colvin, and I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or the Mormon church. So…I’m a Mormon. One of the unusual things about Mormons is that we pay tithing. I’ve been asked several times why I would pay ten-percent of my earnings to my church when I get nothing in return. Well, I’d like to explain.

The principle of tithing is revealed to us in scripture. It can be found in multiple places in the Bible, but I personally love how the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ and a companion book of scripture to the Bible, explains it. In 3rd Nephi 24:8 & 10 it reads:

Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say: Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my 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.

I don’t want to be guilty of stealing from God. It doesn’t seem like a good idea. The way the Book of Mormon helps me understand tithing is that God has given me everything I own. My family is a gift from God, and all my worldly possessions come as blessings from him as well. So, since he has been so good to me, shouldn’t I give back? When I graduate from college, I’ll want to donate to my alma mater to give back to those who supported me. I think tithing is very much the same idea. Once we have, we should desire to give back to those who are less fortunate. That tithing money is then used for various purposes, but all of it helps the people in the world around me.

And verse 10 describes very clearly the blessings that will come from my actions. When I was young, I doubted that the principle of tithing actually worked, so I tried it out. When I was in high school, I wanted to participate in a student exchange program in Germany. The month-long program would cost a little over two thousand dollars. Since my family has seven more children besides me, I was going to have to come up with the money myself. I got a job and started earning money, but I knew it wasn’t going to be enough to pay for the trip. One day, my mom asked me if I was paying my tithing on the money I was earning. I told her that I wouldn’t have enough to pay for the trip if I paid tithing. She promised me God would work miracles if I had faith in Him. So I tried it, and a few weeks after paying a full tithing, I got a phone call about a job I had applied for a year prior asking me if I wanted work. With that second job I was able to make enough money to pay my own way to Germany!

It seems like a simple thing and it was, but I know I saw the windows of heaven open and received blessings more than I could receive. That exchange program has changed the direction of my life and given me lifelong friends. I never would have been able to experience that had I not paid tithing.

I know tithing is a true principle from God. If I pay it, I’ll be blessed. You won’t be able to take my word for it though. You’ll need to try it yourself. Pay tithing and I know you’ll be blessed for your sacrifice!

Tim

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