Unmarred by Earthly Care

I love Sunday evenings “unmarred by earthly care.”

My friend from Church called earlier and we had a lovely chat about Fast Offerings. It was an extension from our Gospel Doctrine class today,  Lesson 17: The Law of Tithing and the Law of the Fast.  (Here is more on Fasting and Fast Offerings.)

Our discussion started with this question asked, and followed up with this quote: 

How generous should we be when we pay fast offerings?

President Spencer W. Kimball said: “Sometimes we have been a bit penurious [unwilling to share] and figured that we had for breakfast one egg and that cost so many cents and then we give that to the Lord. I think that when we are affluent, as many of us are, that we ought to be very, very generous … and give, instead of the amount we saved by our two meals of fasting, perhaps much, much more—ten times more where we are in a position to do it” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1974, 184).

As I ruminate over our discussion, I am sorry that I did not share with her this question, scripture reference and quote:

What are some of the consequences when we pay generous fast offerings? (See Isaiah 58:6–7 and the following quotation.)

President Gordon B. Hinckley said: “Think … of what would happen if the principles of fast day and the fast offering were observed throughout the world. The hungry would be fed, the naked clothed, the homeless sheltered. Our burden of taxes would be lightened. The giver would not suffer but would be blessed by his small abstinence. A new measure of concern and unselfishness would grow in the hearts of people everywhere” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1991, 73; or Ensign, May 1991, 52–53).


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