Monthly Archives: July 2015

August Nightly Reminder on Tithes and Offerings: #5 out of 7

“Your attitude is important in paying tithing. Pay it because you love the Lord and have faith in Him.” – For the Strength of Youth

I, ____________________, will strive to pay tithing because of my love and faith in Him.


“This leads to a fifth reason to pay our tithes and offerings. We should pay them as a personal expression of love to a generous and merciful Father in Heaven. Through His grace God has dealt bread to the hungry and clothing to the poor. At various times in our lives that will include all of us, either temporally or spiritually speaking. For every one of us the gospel has broken forth as the light of the morning, driving back the darkness of ignorance and sorrow, fear and despair. In nation after nation His children have called and the Lord has answered. Through the movement of His gospel across the world, God is relieving the burdens of the weary and setting free those that are oppressed. His loving goodness has made our lives, rich or poor, near or far, “like a watered garden, … [from] a spring of water … [that faileth] not.”

I express my deepest gratitude for every blessing of the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially that greatest of all gifts, the exemplary life and atoning death of God’s Only Begotten Son. I know I can never repay heaven for any of this benevolence, but there are many ways I need to try to show my thankfulness. One of those ways is in the payment of tithes and freewill offerings. I want to give something back, but I never want it to be (in King David’s words) “that which doth cost me nothing.”” – “Like a Watered Garden” by Jeffrey R. Holland, continued in Sunday’s post.

Daily Reminder on Music and Dancing: #19 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will carefully choose the music I listen to.

“Remember that the spirit speaks with a still, small voice. If you listen to music constantly, you may not have the quite time you need for thinking, feeling, and receiving spiritual guidance.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and until August 2, I, ____________________, will make sure I have the time I need to receive spiritual guidance.

(Note: for those of you wondering about the posts on tithing, see this post sent out on Monday at noon.)


“1. Let the Holy Spirit guide;
Let him teach us what is true.
He will testify of Christ,
Light our minds with heaven’s view.

“2. Let the Holy Spirit guard;
Let his whisper govern choice.
He will lead us safely home
If we listen to his voice.

“3. Let the Spirit heal our hearts
Thru his quiet, gentle pow’r.
May we purify our lives
To receive him hour by hour.”

Hymn 143, Let the Holy Spirit Guide


Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Music and Dancing section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/music-and-dancing/

Ask yourself: “How do I feel as I listen to my music?”

August Nightly Reminder on Tithes and Offerings: #4 out of 7

“Pay it willingly with a thankful heart.” For the Strength of Youth

I, ____________________, commit to paying my tithes and offerings with a thankful heart.


“Fourth, pay your tithes and offerings out of honesty and integrity because they are God’s rightful due. Surely one of the most piercing lines in all of scripture is Jehovah’s thundering inquiry, “Will a man rob God?” And we ask, “Wherein have we robbed thee?” He answers, “In tithes and offerings.”

“Paying tithing is not a token gift we are somehow charitably bestowing upon God. Paying tithing is discharging a debt. Elder James E. Talmage once described this as a contract between us and the Lord. He imagined the Lord saying: “‘You have need of many things in this world—food, clothing, and shelter for your family … , the common comforts of life. … You shall have the means of acquiring these things; but remember they are mine, and I require of you the payment of a rental upon that which I give into your hands. However, your life will not be one of uniform increase … [so] instead of doing as mortal landlords do—requir[ing] you to … pay in advance, whatever your fortunes or … prospects may be—you shall pay me … [only] when you have received; and you shall pay me in accordance with what you receive. If it so be that in one year your income is abundant, then … [your 10 percent will be a] little more; and if it be so that the next year is one of distress and your income is not what it was, then … [your 10 percent will be] less. … [Whatever your circumstance, the tithe will be fair.]’

““Have you ever found a landlord on earth who was willing to make that kind of [equitable] contract with you?” Elder Talmage asks. “When I consider the liberality of it all,” he says, “… I feel in my heart that I could scarcely raise my countenance to … Heaven … if I tried to defraud [God] out of that [which is rightfully His].”” – “Like a Watered Garden” by Jeffrey R. Holland, continued in tomorrow’s post.

Daily Reminder on Music and Dancing: #18 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will carefully choose the music I listen to.

“When listening to music, be courteous to those around you. Keep your music at a reasonable volume, and remove your earphones when others are talking to you or want you to be part of their activities.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and until August 2, I, ____________________, will be courteous to those around me when listening to music.


“Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12


Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Music and Dancing section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/music-and-dancing/

Ask yourself: “How do I feel as I listen to my music?”

August Nightly Reminder on Tithes and Offerings: #3 out of 7

“Pay it first, even when you think you do not have enough money to meet your other needs.” – For the Strength of Youth

I, ____________________, commit to pay my tithing first.


“Third, pay your tithing as a declaration that possession of material goods and the accumulation of worldly wealth are not the uppermost goals of your existence. As one young husband and father, living on a student budget, recently told me, “Perhaps our most pivotal moments as Latter-day Saints come when we have to swim directly against the current of the culture in which we live. Tithing provides just such a moment. Living in a world that emphasizes material acquisition and cultivates distrust for anyone or anything that has designs on our money, we shed that self-absorption to give freely, trustingly, and generously. By this act, we say—indeed—we are different, that we are God’s peculiar people. In a society that tells us money is our most important asset, we declare emphatically it is not.”

“President Spencer W. Kimball once spoke of a man who prided himself on his vast acreage and remarkable holdings—groves and vineyards, herds and fields, ponds and homes and possessions of every kind. He prided himself on these, but to the end of his life was unwilling to tithe on them or even acknowledge that they were gifts from God. President Kimball then spoke at the man’s funeral, noting that this land baron was laid to rest in an oblong piece of soil measuring “the length of a tall man, the width of a heavy one.” In answer to the age-old question, “How much did he leave?” be reassured the answer will always be, “All of it.” So we would do well to lay up treasures in heaven, where not taxes but doctrines give meaning to words like estate, inheritance, testament, and will.” – “Like a Watered Garden” by Jeffrey R. Holland, continued in tomorrow’s post.

Daily Reminder on Music and Dancing: #17 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will carefully choose the music I listen to.

“Do not listen to music that encourages immorality or glorifies violence through its lyrics, beat, or intensity… Such music can dull your spiritual sensitivity.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and until August 2, I, ____________________, will not listen to music that encourages immorality or glorifies violence through its lyrics, beat, or intensity.


“There have always been those who take the beautiful things and corrupt them. It’s happened with nature; it’s happened with literature, drama, art; and it certainly has happened with music. For centuries it has been obvious that when the wrong kind of words are set to appealing music, songs can lead men astray. And music itself, by the way it is played, by its beat, by its intensity, can dull the spiritual sensitivity.

We are living at a time when society is undergoing a subtle, but powerful, change. It is becoming more and more permissive in what it will accept in its entertainment. As a result, much of the music being performed by popular entertainers today seems to be more intended to agitate than to pacify, more to excite than to calm. Some musicians appear to openly promote unrighteous thoughts and action.

Young people, you cannot afford to fill your minds with the unworthy music of our day. It is not harmless. It can welcome onto the stage of your mind unworthy thoughts and set a tempo to which they dance and to which you may act. You degrade yourself when you identify with those things that at times surround extremes in music—the shabbiness, the irreverence, the immorality, the addictions. Such music is not worthy of you.” – Worthy Music, Worthy Thoughts by Boyd K. Packer, emphasis added


Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Music and Dancing section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/music-and-dancing/

Ask yourself: “How do I feel as I listen to my music?”

August Nightly Reminder on Tithes and Offerings: #2 out of 7

“Choosing to live the law of tithing will be a great blessing throughout your life.” – For the Strength of Youth

I, ____________________, commit to choosing to live the law of tithing.


“Second, pay your tithing to rightfully claim the blessings promised those who do so. “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.” After she lost her husband in the martyrdom at Nauvoo and made her way west with five fatherless children, Mary Fielding Smith continued in her poverty to pay tithing. When someone at the tithing office inappropriately suggested one day that she should not contribute a tenth of the only potatoes she had been able to raise that year, she cried out to the man, “William, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. Would you deny me a blessing? If I did not pay my tithing, I should expect the Lord to withhold His blessings from me. I pay my tithing, not only because it is a law of God, but because I expect a blessing by doing it. [I need a blessing.] By keeping this and other laws, I expect to… be able to provide for my family.”

I can’t list all the ways that blessings will come from obedience to this principle, but I testify many will come in spiritual ways that go well beyond economics. In my life, for example, I have seen God’s promise fulfilled that He would “rebuke the devourer for [my sake].” That blessing of protection against evil has been poured out upon me and on my loved ones beyond any capacity I have to adequately acknowledge. But I believe that divine safety has come, at least in part, because of our determination, individually and as a family, to pay tithing.” – “Like a Watered Garden” by Jeffrey R. Holland, continued in tomorrow’s post.

Daily Reminder on Music and Dancing: #16 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will carefully choose the music I listen to.

“Learn and sing the hymns. Hymns can lift your spirit, move you to righteous action, and help you withstand the temptations of the adversary.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and until August 2, I, ____________________, will learn and sing the hymns.


“Music in Our Church Meetings

“Inspirational music is an essential part of our church meetings. The hymns invite the Spirit of the Lord, create a feeling of reverence, unify us as members, and provide a way for us to offer praises to the Lord.

“Some of the greatest sermons are preached by the singing of hymns. Hymns move us to repentance and good works, build testimony and faith, comfort the weary, console the mourning, and inspire us to endure to the end.

“We hope to see an increase of hymn singing in our congregations. We encourage all members, whether musically inclined or not, to join with us in singing the hymns. We hope leaders, teachers, and members who are called on to speak will turn often to the hymnbook to find sermons presented powerfully and beautifully in verse.

“Latter-day Saints have a long tradition of choir singing. Every ward and branch in the Church should have a choir that performs regularly. We encourage choirs to use the hymnbook as their basic resource…

“Brothers and sisters, let us use the hymns to invite the Spirit of the Lord into our congregations, our homes, and our personal lives. Let us memorize and ponder them, recite and sing them, and partake of their spiritual nourishment. Know that the song of the righteous is a prayer unto our Father in Heaven, “and it shall be answered with a blessing upon [your] heads.””

The First Presidency

(Unfortunately, the Hymnbook Preface is too long to put in one post and this is the last post for hymns. I recommend reading the rest when you get the chance though)


Want to know what exactly you’re committing to? Read the Music and Dancing section of For the Strength of Youth: http://forthestrengthofall.com/for-the-strength-of-youth/music-and-dancing/

Ask yourself: “How do I feel as I listen to my music?”

August Nightly Reminder on Tithes and Offerings: #1 out of 7

“Each year, schedule a time for tithing settlement with your bishop. This is a meeting in which you review your contributions and declare whether have paid a full tithe.” – For the Strength of Youth

When it comes time, I, ____________________, will schedule a time for tithing settlement with my bishop.


“I [will] suggest five reasons why all of us, rich or poor, longtime member or newest convert, should faithfully pay our tithes and offerings.

“First, do so for the sake of your children and grandchildren, the rising generation, who could now, if we are not careful, grow up in the Church with absolutely no understanding as to how their temples, chapels, seminaries, and socials are provided. Teach your children that many of the blessings of the Church are available to them because you and they give tithes and offerings to the Church. Teach them that those blessings could come virtually no other way.

“Then take your children to tithing settlement with you, just as President Howard W. Hunter’s grandson was taken with his father several years ago. In that experience the bishop indicated his pleasure in young Brother Hunter’s wanting to pay a full tithing. In the process of receiving the coins, he asked the lad if he thought the gospel were true. As the boy handed over his full tithing of 14 cents, this seven-year-old said he guessed the gospel was true but “it sure costs a lot of money.” Well, the buildings, programs, and materials I have mentioned do have an attached cost. That is not an unimportant lesson for our children to learn in their youth.” – “Like a Watered Garden” by Jeffrey R. Holland, continued in tomorrow’s post.

Tithes and Offerings Monthly Segment: August 2015

Tithing, unlike most of the other sections of For the Strength of Youth, is not something that you can work on every day. In fact, many people (including me) only pay it once a month, similar to Fast Offerings, which are also only paid once a month. Given the fact that this section is so rarely put to use, I’m going to be doing something different with it. Instead of having its own three week segment, it will have a one week of “Nightly” posts every month, specifically the week leading up to Fast Sunday. This way you get a monthly reminder for something that is done monthly, as opposed to a daily reminder for something that is done daily.

Like usual, I’d advise you to read the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet so that you can understand what it means to live the standard of Tithes and Offerings.

  • For those who don’t have their own copy of For the Strength of Youth, you can read the section on Tithes and Offerings by clicking here.
  • The daily reminders as well as new posts will be posted on the website ForTheStrengthOfAll.com if you wish to view them online instead of in your inbox.
  • You will be able to find previous reminders here.

Please note that while the reminder will be the week leading up to the first Sunday of each month that does not mean that you must pay tithing on the first Sunday of each month. If you already have a system for when you pay tithing each month, feel free to stick with it, so long as you continue to pay your tithing.

One more thing to be aware of is that these “Nightly” posts will actually be at 3:00 pm EST each day. You won’t have to read them the moment you get them, of course, but this is to make sure that you don’t end up having to read both the Nightly Tithes and Offerings reminder and the daily Music and Dancing reminder in the same morning.

~ George