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The Law of Tithing – Part Seventeen

Consecration

We consecrate our lives in this Church to the advancement of the cause of god. there is no higher evidence of that consecration than this giving which has been enjoined upon us by the Lord.

“The gift without the giver is bare; Who gives himself with his alms feed three, – Himself, his hungering neighbor, and me” (Lowell, The Vision of Sir Launfal, as quoted in Thesaurus of Quotations [New York: Crown Publishers, 1941], p. 417).

So the law of tithing is the epitome of the gospel, It is genuine worship and true recognition of the sovereignty of god. It is real consecration, the giving of the muscle and energy of life to the cause, and it begets the abundant life of love and service for which Christ came. It is a measurement of true religion. By the extent of its observance every man may determine for himself the vitality of his own faith and love of God. A prophet has said, “The tenth shall be holy unto the Lord” (Leviticus 27:32). It will be holy unto you, men and women of Israel, if you give it lovingly, joyfully, willingly, to the great cause.

God help us so to do, I ask in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Elder Stephen L. Richards

Former Counselor in the First Presidency and former member of the Council of the Twleve

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