As part of my Mormon religion, and because I believe it to be doctrine and set down my Heavenly Father, I pay tithing. This means I pay 10% of my income to my church. At a young age, we are taught that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ has given us so much, they only ask for a small 10% back to, ultimately, give back to us still. We were taught with pennies. If you are given 10 pennies, is it really that much to give back to the church one penny? Of course, most 4 year olds would answer, “No, that’s fair because I love Jesus.”
I have never ever questioned this doctrine and have faithfully paid tithing my entire life. As a kid, it was easy: two dollars back to the church for a $20 bill I got on my birthday. When I got a part-time job, it was still easy: $15 for my $150 biweekly paycheck.
But, when I because a teacher and was making a real salary, seeing the amount I was writing on my tithing slips every month caused a quick sharp inhale. Yet, I never hesitated in paying tithing.
My husband is the same. He believes in tithing as strongly as I do, thankfully. He is also willing to give back all the services he has received in his life (but that is a post for another day on the amazing humble-ness and serving my husband has).
We have been blessed in our year and a half of marriage monetarily. I’ve had a steady salary (a small part-time one as an intern last year, but way more than a college student earns) for our entire marriage. Justin also has a steady income working part-time for the BYU bookstore. We live frugally and have amazing family on both sides willing to help us in times of need (or just to spoil us). We have never had to live paycheck to paycheck. We are able to put a good amount away in savings each month. We will both graduate with no debt (except for the car we bought in December, but that is good debt).
However, there have been times we’ve been a little nervous about finances due to obstacles or trials set in our path. Never immediate financial problems, but just anxiety and worry about what could happen financially over time if this obstacle or trial prevailed. And yet, at those times, we always somehow are gifted with a good amount of money that falls into our lap.
It happened again this week. Due to some hiccups, Justin has to take summer term in addition to spring term classes, which means, one more set of tuition. Plus baby expenses, plus renting/buying a home expenses, plus my salary being cut in half as I drop down to part-time next year, plus still trying to find a full-time job for Justin. I was nervous about finances. Sure, we have quite a bit saved up, but especially if we couldn’t find a job for Justin in the fall, what would our situation be like?
Well, we were just gifted with a free iPad mini that Justin won at a work party. We’re selling it. Between my parents and my in-laws, we are being given a baby crib, stroller, swing, and carseat! That’s a lot! Then, yesterday, we were informed that Justin is being rewarded financial aid–enough to pay for all of summer term tuition with $500 extra!
We feel so blessed. Our already strong testimony in paying tithing and having faith in our church keeps growing with all of these experiences. We are so grateful. We love the Lord and we love the care he has for us.
I know this was a more religious post, but I am just astounded every time this happens because it is proof that miracles do happen. We will never, ever stop paying tithing.