Monthly Archives: August 2015

September 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.

Daily Reminder on Repentance: #8 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will strive to bring the power of the Atonement into my life.

“Some people knowingly break God’s commandments, planning to repent later, such as before they go to the temple or serve a mission. Such deliberate sin mocks the Savior’s Atonement.”  – For the Strength of Youth

Today and for the next two weeks, I, ____________________, commit to not mock the Savior’s Atonement by knowingly* breaking God’s commandments.

*perhaps read as “deliberately.” Either way this is hard.


“As in the days of Nehor and Korihor, we live in a time not long before the advent of Jesus Christ—in our case, the time of preparation for His Second Coming. And similarly, the message of repentance is often not welcomed. Some, [such as Nehor,] profess that if there is a God, He makes no real demands upon us (see Alma 18:5). Others maintain that a loving God forgives all sin based on simple confession, or if there actually is a punishment for sin, “God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God” (2 Nephi 28:8). Others, with Korihor, deny the very existence of Christ and any such thing as sin. Their doctrine is that values, standards, and even truth are all relative. Thus, whatever one feels is right for him or her cannot be judged by others to be wrong or sinful.

“On the surface such philosophies seem appealing because they give us license to indulge any appetite or desire without concern for consequences. By using the teachings of Nehor and Korihor, we can rationalize and justify anything. When prophets come crying repentance, it “throws cold water on the party.” But in reality the prophetic call should be received with joy. Without repentance, there is no real progress or improvement in life. Pretending there is no sin does not lessen its burden and pain. Suffering for sin does not by itself change anything for the better. Only repentance leads to the sunlit uplands of a better life. And, of course, only through repentance do we gain access to the atoning grace of Jesus Christ and salvation. Repentance is a divine gift, and there should be a smile on our faces when we speak of it. It points us to freedom, confidence, and peace. Rather than interrupting the celebration, the gift of repentance is the cause for true celebration.” – The Divine Gift of Repentance by D. Todd Christofferson, emphasis added


How can I do better today than I did yesterday?

Tithes and Offerings Monthly Segment: September 2015

(Sorry these posts are late, I was busy with the Repentance segment and forgot.)

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 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

 

Daily Reminder on Repentance: #7 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will strive to bring the power of the Atonement into my life.

“When you do what is necessary to repent and receive forgiveness, you will know for yourself the power of the Atonement and the love God has for you.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and for the next 14 days, I, ____________________, commit to do what is necessary to repent and receive forgiveness.


“A safe return is possible if we will follow God’s plan for our salvation.

“We have received this plan from the highest authority in the universe, even God, our Heavenly Father. This plan was prepared from before the foundation of the earth. It is a great plan of happiness, a plan of mercy, a plan of redemption, a plan of salvation. This plan enables us to experience a physical existence, including mortality, a time of probation, and to return to the presence of God and live in eternal happiness and glory. It is explained in the doctrines of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Following this plan has beautiful eternal consequences for us individually, for our families, for generations to come, and even for generations who went before. The plan includes divine reconciliation and forgiveness…

“True repentance blesses our lives with the effects of the Atonement: we feel God’s forgiveness and His peace, and our guilt and sorrow are lifted away; we enjoy the influence of the Spirit in greater abundance; and we are better prepared to live with our Heavenly Father.” – Point of Safe Return by Dieter F. Uchtdorf


How can I do better today than I did yesterday?

Daily Reminder on Repentance: #6 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will strive to bring the power of the Atonement into my life.

“As you strive to repent, seek help and counsel from your parents. Serious sins, such as sexual transgression or use of pornography, need to be  confessed to your bishop.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and for the next 15 days, I, ____________________, commit to seek the help and counsel of friends and family as I strive to repent.*

If I have committed any serious sins that should be confessed to my bishop, I, ____________________, commit to do so.

*For the Strength of Youth doesn’t say anything about which sins to seek help for, so I personally assume it means to seek help for any and all sins. Of course, you can still be picky about who you talk to.


“Serious sins, such as sexual transgression or use of pornography, need to be confessed to your bishop. Be completely honest with him. He will help you repent. If you have a question about what should be discussed with the bishop, talk with your parents or with him.” – For the Strength of Youth


How can I do better today than I did yesterday?

Daily Reminder on Repentance: #5 out of 21

Today I, ____________________, will strive to bring the power of the Atonement into my life.

Once you have confessed your sins to the Lord, “seek forgiveness from those you have wronged, and restore as far as possible what has been damaged by your actions.” – For the Strength of Youth

Today and for the next 16 days, I, ____________________, commit to seek forgiveness of those I’ve wronged and restore as far as possible what has been damaged by my actions.


“We Must Make Restitution

“Part of repentance is to make restitution. This means that as much as possible we must make right any wrong that we have done. For example, a thief should give back what he has stolen. A liar should make the truth known. A gossip who has slandered the character of a person should work to restore the good name of the person he has harmed. As we do these things, God will not mention our sins to us when we are judged” – Gospel Principles, Chapter 19: Repentance


How can I do better today than I did yesterday?