One of my adult daughter’s favorite conference talks was a talk on tithing. I can understand why because she lives it so beautifully. Elder Bednar talked about the small, subtle blessings that come from paying our tithing. I know we have had more countless little blessings than we can count. I think both my adult daughter and myself understand what was meant by the blessings of gratitude that often accompany the payment of tithing. I have seen that gratitude and those blessings work together to deliver to us enjoyment of many of the better things of life. Despite the pitiful numbers reported on our IRS forms at the end of the year, and our larger than average family size, one example that comes to mind is how we have found ways to send our children to college without any student debt.
My daughter especially has seen this blessing as she has attended school away from home. Doors are opened. She is well aware that most of her fellow students, and even roommates simply could not get by on what she has to get by on. She does have to be more frugal, but she has sufficient. I’d like to share two examples of how her faithfulness has inspired me.
- As she was preparing to go to back school this year she knew she would need to get a part time student job just to be able to eat this year. (She could easily have opted for a small student loan instead, but we share a goal of no student debt.) In the past that idea has been overwhelming. A few weeks before she was able to move into her apartment she began searching for possible campus jobs. She became inspired that she may need to go to campus much earlier than she had planned on. As she was making preparations to do so, she was called and asked to schedule an interview from an application she was pretty sure she had not even finished submitting. Thanks to her faith and humility, everything fell into place. She was offered a job that was ideal for her situation, and is living frugally, but without fear of not having the money she needs.
- Last week she was invited to be a part of a group date. She is a wonderful cook and offered to provide the food for the meal part of the activity. They could easily have just expected the guys to buy some food or stop somewhere, but didn’t. She made homemade pizza “from scratch.” From what I hear it went over very well. I know she loves to make her own pizzas, and they are not only delicious, but much healthier. She will someday make a wonderful companion to some lucky young man who loves being wise with his money, loves staying healthy, and loves pizza! No one said being careful with your money couldn’t be fun and good for you. I think Shanna is learning that.
Just wanted to share a few examples of the principles in action that were so beautifully covered by Elder Bednar.
- Prosper! (sparklefluff.wordpress.com)
- Student Debt – What You Should Know and What You Can Do About It (infographicsking.wordpress.com)
- Students Struggle with Thousands of Dollars of School Debt (kcrg.com)