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"The first time I paid tithing, the amount was five cents. With my father, I went to the office of the bishop, who solemnly accepted my five pennies and wrote out the receipt. Then he stood and, coming from behind his desk, sat next to me. With his hand on my shoulder, he gave me the small but significant slip of paper and said, 'Ronald, you have made a good beginning, and if you continue as you have begun, you can be a perfect tithe payer.' The idea of being perfect at anything seemed well beyond my ability. I was trying hard just to be a good boy. But with those words, the bishop inspired me to strive for perfection in that one basic aspect of the gospel. The blessings, both temporal and spiritual, have been abundant." - Ronald E. Poelman, "Tithing: A Privilege," Ensign (CR), May 1998, p.78

“May tithing be regarded as a sacrifice? Yes, particularly if we understand the meaning of the two Latin words from which the English word sacrifice is derived. These two words, sacer and facere, taken together mean ‘to make sacred.’ That which we return to the Lord as tithing is indeed made sacred, and the obedient are edified.” - Ronald E. Poelman, “Tithing: A Privilege,” Ensign (CR), May 1998, p. 78

“If we are prepared, we need not fear (see D&C 38:30).

“Spiritual preparation is not complete, however, until we have done all that we can to prepare temporally. Then what is lacking will be supplied by the Lord.” - Ronald E. Poelman, “Priesthood Councils: Key to Meeting Temporal and Spiritual Needs,” Ensign, May 1980, 90

"The really serious challenges in life require not so much temporal resources but the gifts of the Spirit. Among such challenges might be the sickness, suffering, or death of a loved one; a rebellious and disobedient family member; false accusations; and other severe disappointments. During such trials we need increased faith, inspiration, comfort, courage, patience, and the ability to forgive. These blessings can be poured out of the windows of heaven." - Ronald E. Poelman, "Tithing: A Privilege," Ensign (CR), May 1998, p. 78

Both the gospel of Jesus Christ and the church of Jesus Christ are true and divine, and there is an essential relationship between them that is significant and very important. Understanding the proper relationship between the gospel and the Church will prevent confusion, misplaced priorities, and failed expectations and will lead to the realization of gospel goals through happy, fulfilling participation in the Church. Such understanding will avoid possible disaffection and will result in great personal blessings. - Ronald E. Poelman, "The Gospel and the Church," Ensign (CR) November 1984

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