The Lord has promised to open the windows of heaven when we pay a faithful tithe. Our three tithing FHE lesson plans for this week align with your Come, Follow Me study and are great for different ages.
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.
1. My Heav’nly Father gives me all good and lovely things:
The sun that shines, the rain that falls, the meadowlark that sings.
2. I’m glad to pay a tithing, one-tenth of all I earn;
It’s little when I think of all God gives me in return.
Begin the lesson with the following activity. Provide small candies or chocolate coins. If you don’t have any, you can use dry beans or coins. Have each child count out ten treats a piece. Then, have them remove one from their pile and give it back to you. Explain how we give the Lord back one-tenth of what we receive.
Ask: Was it hard to give up one of your treats? Why?
Read: It isn’t always easy to pay tithing. Sometimes it requires sacrifice and a lot of trust in Heavenly Father. However, if we pay our tithing, the Lord has promised us great blessings.
Read Malachi 3:10-12 together. Invite your children to look for the way the Lord describes the blessings He will give us when we pay tithing.
Share: Tell your children about a time when you paid tithing and it blessed your life. If you have children who have paid tithing, invite them to share how they felt.
Draw: Have your children draw pictures of things Heavenly Father has blessed your family with. Hang them upon your windows and discuss how Heavenly Father has said he will open the windows of heaven to pour blessings on us.
Close with your testimony.
Additional Video: If you’d like an additional resource to help teach the principle of tithing, watch the video below.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Begin by asking: What would you do to help someone who has strayed from the Lord, but wants to return?
Read: During the period when Malachi served as a prophet, the Israelites had broken their covenants. The Lord commanded the people to return to Him. The commandment to pay tithing given in Malachi 3 was one of the ways provided by the Lord for the Israelites to do so.
Read Malachi 3:8-12 together.
Ask: How does understanding the context of these verses change the way you view tithing? How could tithing help someone return to the Lord?
Read: It may sometimes feel overwhelming to follow Christ along the covenant path. Of all of the commandments we have been given, tithing is one of the only ones that we can obey to perfection. Through tithing, we gain confidence in both ourselves and the Lord. We sacrifice the things of this world for something greater and the God promises to abundantly bless us.
Share: Share a personal experience where paying your tithing has blessed your life or strengthened your testimony. Invite others to share.
Ask: What are some ways the Lord could pour out blessings when we pay our tithing?
Close with your testimony.
FOR SINGLE STUDY
Read The Windows of Heaven by Elder David A. Bednar. Ponder on the blessings you have received from paying tithing or from others in your life who have. Record these experiences in your journal. If you struggle to pay tithing, make a goal to help you get there.
Make these chocolate coin treats covered in nuts, fruits, and other goodies. They’re simpler than you think!
Complete the tithing coloring page above or decorate tithing jars together. You can gather old cans or mason jars and decorate them. Place tithing money inside.