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Windows of Heaven

Windows of Heaven
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As a convert to the LDS Church, having no doubt that marriage is ordained of God, that divorce should never be sought after, and that being a stay-at-home mom is a noteworthy vocation, I found myself ill-prepared when, after nearly 20 years of marriage, I was handed divorce papers. Circumstances left me with few belongings, no reserves and minimal resources.

Feeling prompted to seek priesthood counsel and blessings, I was repeatedly instructed to forgive, to pay my tithing, and to hold my temple recommend as a sacred privilege. Although I sometimes felt challenged on all three of these principles, tithing was one that I had never previously had to take sole and personal accountability for, having shared this responsibility within a marriage union.

On receiving my first paycheque, knowing that it wouldn’t cover even a third of my expenses, I opened my scriptures to Malachi 3:10 and tearfully read  “…and prove me now herewith…if I will not open the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it .” I understood that “proving” is a verb and requires a responsive faith-motivated action. With this seed planted, I committed to pay my tithing . In doing this, my most abundant outpouring has been a fulfilment of President Heber J. Grant’s promise: “… growth in the knowledge of God, and in a testimony, and in the power to live the gospel and inspire our families to do the same”.
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“…and prove me now herewith…if I will not open the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it

Temporal blessings of paying tithing have also transpired. Having lost a lot of weight subsequent to my divorce, my clothes were noticeably oversized. As I filled in my tithing slip one Sunday, I prayed in earnest that I could go to work each day more suitably attired.

On returning home from Church, I met with my sister, who is a religious leader in another faith. She related how a neighbouring lady had stopped by her home and said that she was doing a clean-out of her wardrobe. She enquired if my sister knew of anybody in need of clothes and shoes in three different sizes?   

Two large suitcases were delivered, filled with seasonal clothing and shoes in exact sizes to accommodate not just myself, but my two daughters as well. There were so many clothes that we could not fit them all into our wardrobe – “… there shall not be room enough to receive it”!

– “… there shall not be room enough to receive
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As I have paid my tithing, I have been blessed with first-hand experience of these inspired words from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: “My beloved brothers and sisters, I testify of angels, both the heavenly and the mortal kind. In so doing I am testifying that God never leaves us alone, never leaves us unaided in the challenges that we face .” Angels have come into my life when I needed them most.  
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“My beloved brothers and sisters, I testify of angels, both the heavenly and the mortal kind. In so doing I am testifying that God never leaves us alone, never leaves us unaided in the challenges that we face

My older daughter had the privilege recently of making a trip to the USA. Prior to her departure, she went to deposit her “piggy-bank” of funds into her account at an ATM. As she did so, the machine malfunctioned and swallowed all of her money. All her hard-earned savings were lost, just days before she was due to leave.

As our spirits sagged, a dear sister in the ward phoned us and asked us to come over to her house. While talking to this special lady, she handed us a gift-bag, saying that it contained a small present from some “angels”. Inside, we discovered money bestowed by some named and some anonymous contributors. We were filled with emotion at this heavenly intercession. Within the week, this same daughter became terribly ill and the doctor’s bills depleted much of my salary. Out of desperation, I resorted to using money put aside for tithing, promising myself that “somehow I’d find a way to repay the amount”. As the weekend approached, I was forced to weigh up the choice between paying tithing or living expenses.

As I got up that Sunday morning, in the spirit of fasting, I made the decision to faithfully pay my tithing. On entering Relief Society, I was handed another envelope. Words are inadequate to describe my feelings of humility when I discovered enclosed, not just sufficient for my needs in replacing my tithing money, but extra money.
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Over the years, I have never been left without the comfort of Heavenly Father’s assurance that as we are obedient to the law of tithing, He more than compensates in every aspect of our lives. As the words of one of our hymns remind us “…because of Thy great bounty Lord, each day I live.”

“…because of Thy great bounty Lord, each day I live.”