The Thief

Once there was a man who wanted many things,
The wealth of the world and the happiness it brings.
But his life was humble, he had only enough to get by,
So in self-pity he let out a saddened cry.

In this moment of weakness the enemy crept in,
Presenting him an option, to steal and win.
Subtle was the tempter saying, buy and you'll be glad,
You can repent later, God will not be mad.

Believing the lie the man took his tithes and went,
Smiling and picking things, God's money he had spent.
Bringing home his bag of goods he sat it on the table,
I will repay the Lord soon, whenever I am able.

A pattern of selfishness continued in this man,
To get was more important than to follow heavens plan.
He fed not the hungry, but instead his own greed,
He had a pile of stuff at the cost of another's need.

On and on he went ever telling himself he was good,
I obey God's other laws and live as a man should.
So he lived his life as a thief before the Lord,
Heavens angels wept, for he had not kept his word.

The name he took at baptism had been forsaken for naught,
His choice was the enemy, for God he had forgot.
Reaching the end of mortality, his possessions were left behind,
And he stood before the truth, that a thief will always find.

He had taken from God and by so doing lost all,
The treasures of his mortal days, brought him to a fall.
Forever he could think of the place he might have had,
If only he had paid his tithes, his heart would now be glad.

Written by Michelene Glasson

Malachi 3:8-9

"Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation." 

Tithing--a Commandment Even for the Destitute

This is one of the best talks on tithing ever given! Lynn G. Robbins is a valiant, inspired son of God. I love all of the talks he has given. He reminds me of Neal. A. Maxwell. In this talk he said, "The Lord often teaches using extreme circumstances to illustrate a principle. The story of the widow of Zarephath is an example of extreme poverty used to teach the doctrine that mercy cannot rob sacrifice any more than it can rob justice. In fact, the truer measure of sacrifice isn’t so much what one gives to sacrifice as what one sacrifices to give (see Mark 12:43). Faith isn’t tested so much when the cupboard is full as when it is bare. In these defining moments, the crisis doesn’t create one’s character—it reveals it. The crisis is the test."

This is our moment to show our Heavenly Father we love Him above all. What are we revealing? I hope each of us will live in faith and not fear. Miracles do happen, we can be blessed like the widow of Zarephath. I know what it is to have very little, but my God has not abandoned me in my hour of need. As I reveal my love and commitment to the law of the tithe, he reveals his hand of mercy to me. I am grateful for the loving, merciful, protective hand of my Heavenly Father. It is a privilege to give back to my Father who gives me everything. It is so special to be able to help build His kingdom on the earth. I cannot take earthly goods with me when I leave this life. But my part in building His kingdom will go with me.

Artwork by Breana Glasson

My Barrel

My barrel nearly empty, my heart aching I grieved,
Hoping for a miracle; that our suffering be relieved.
Then I heard you call to me, and my heart knew,
Whatever this holy man asks, is what I’m meant to do.
Gently you required that I give all I had,
With a sacred promise; that God would make me glad.
So I prepared with faith my last cake for you,
Knowing all was well, for God is good and true.
Returning to my barrel each day I found more,
My God did sustain us and we were able to endure.
Always I will remember that by faith I was sustained,
My choice to give you everything, is why my meal remained.

Written by Michelene Glasson

1 Kings 17:9-16

"Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah."

He Will Not Fail You

Brothers and sisters He will not fail us. As we live His commandments and show faith, He will be there every time! In verse 10 of Malachi He says, " Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." He is our perfect King and He keeps his promises. Each one of us decides whether or not we believe Him. Will we be a thief? Or will we be like the widow of Zarephath? Our choice will change everything in mortality and throughout eternity. May we be strong and faithful and believe in our King I pray.