"In tithing is strongly exemplified the eternal law that what is given as God directs increases the substance of the giver. When men exert the intellectual talents with which they are endowed in imparting knowledge to others, their own knowledge does not decrease but is enhanced, while the active intellect grows strongly and the talents are more quickly developed and increased. When our young Elders go forth and preach the Gospel as they are moved upon by the Holy Ghost, the Spirit they employ does not grow less nor the gifts thereof diminish because they are constantly imparting to others, but these increase abundantly. It is just as easy for the Lord to increase physical substance as to add to spiritual blessings and powers. When we sow the grain upon the earth, it would seem thrown away, but by the law of the Great Creator, the seed germinates in it and produces again, sometimes thirty and forty fold. So it is with tithing. We may not understand fully the process, but the result is plain. God increases the faith and substance of him who freely pays his tithing." — Matthias F. Cowley, "Cowley's Talks on Doctrine," [Chattanooga: Ben. E. Rich, 1902], p. 154
"Let it not be forgotten that the present is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing of all who profess to be members of the Church of Jesus Christ, to whom the promise is given that they shall be preserved in the day of burning incident to the second advent of the Christ." — James E. Talmage, "The Lord's Tenth"
"Tithing is a part of the celestial law referred to in this revelation. Obedience to it is a prerequisite to being quickened in the resurrection by the fulness of the celestial glory. Without such fulness one coming into the presence of the Lord would be consumed, for God dwells in 'eternal burnings.'" — Marion G. Romney, "Look to God and Live," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1971], p. 153
"We shall not be blessed for the amount of money, nor for the number of acres we have left behind us, but we shall be blessed and rewarded for that which we have given for the upbuilding of God's kingdom, and the advancement of righteousness in the earth. Is tithing a sacrifice? No, not in one sense of the word. It is the best investment we can make, for it is a treasure laid up in heaven. The tithing that we pay will make us rich, but the means that we leave behind us will not be to our advantage when we go to the spirit world to be judged according to the deeds done in the body." — Charles A. Callis, "Conference Report," April 1911, p. 81
"President Taylor treated this forenoon upon the law of tithing. Perhaps the Latter-day Saints do not want to hear much more upon this subject, but I have felt a long time that we as a people were somewhat ignorant of that law. We have looked upon it as a matter of little consequence; we have looked upon it with a great deal of indifference whether we pay tithing or not. But the subject was clearly set forth this forenoon by President Taylor. He has no power to change this law, nor has any other man; and if we do not obey it, we can lay no claim to the promises made to those who obey it. These things are very plain and pointed. The principle of tithing has been a principle of sacrifice in almost every age of the world; in fact, it was peculiarly so among the people in ancient days, and among even the heathen nations of the earth." — Wilford Woodruff, "The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff," edited by G. Homer Durham [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1969], p. 177
The Lord said in September 1831, “Now it is called today until the coming of the Son of Man, and verily it is a day of sacrifice … of my people” (D&C 64:23; italics added).
The Prophet Joseph Smith prepared this remarkable statement on the principle of sacrifice for the Lectures on Faith:
“Let us here observe, that a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation” (Lectures on Faith, 6:7). – Ezra Taft Benson, “This is a Day of Sacrifice,” Ensign (CR) May 1979
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