Wednesday, May 30, 2012

When I Pay my Tithing, Heavenly Father will Bless me Sharing time

When I pay my tithing, Heavenly Father will Bless me Sharing time

June 2012 Week 2
Boy picture of paying tithing is from
Girl picture of paying tithing tithing is from Primary packet 3-26 The board is a school project board that I have covered with contact paper so it can be reused. With a roll of painter's tape!
The game spaces are just text boxes with "Windows of Heaven", "Move to the next wallet" and "Move to the next bill" printed on green construction paper. The point is to get as many questions answered, so these make the game go quicker. 

 Father in Heaven loves you and has given you many blessings. He asks you to return to Him one tenth of all you earn. The one tenth you give to the Lord is called tithing. Tithing is used to build up Heavenly Father’s kingdom on the earth. President Hinckley learned this helpful poem as a boy,
What is tithing? I will tell you every time. Ten cents from a dollar, and a penny from a dime. (The Sacred Law of Tithing, Gordon B. Hinckley Dec. 1989)
So if you have 10 dollars, you give a dollar, if you have a dollar, you give ten cents. If you have a dime, you give the Lord one penny.

Has anyone seen one of these?(Show tithing envelope) When you pay your tithing, you should fill out the slip, place the money in the envelope, seal it, print your name on the front of the envelope, and give it to the bishop or one of his counselors. Taken from Primary 3 Manual “Tithing” p. 208-12 or Sharing Time 2012 June theme

(Opening taken from Friend November 1996 Karen Ashton
If we pay our tithing faithfully, we will be blessed. In Malachi 3:10  it reads, 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.

We are going to play a game about tithing to discover how tithing is used to bless others, and learn what some of the great blessings are that we can receive from paying tithing.  We will roll a die and if we land on a bill from another country we will answer a question about tithing. If we land on a wallet, we will discover one way tithing is used to bless others and figure out how much tithing should be given, and if we roll a “Window of Heaven” we will pick a window of heaven and discover a way that we are blessed when we pay our tithing.

BILLS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, (Any countries will do. Here are some examples, I used some from various husband business trips!):

Questions on the back of each foreign bill-
How much tithing do we pay to the Lord?
Who is pleased when we pay our tithing?
Who do we give our tithing to?
Do we need to pay our tithing to be able to go to the temple?
What kind of attitude should we have when we pay tithing?
What will we receive from paying tithing?

What do we show Heavenly Father when we pay our tithing?

WINDOWS OF HEAVEN- (When a child rolls a “Windows of Heaven” on the die or lands on game space, a window will be opened to reveal a blessing that comes from paying tithing. The blessing is written on the back of "Blessing" strip)

Window for windows of heaven-

Feeling of Peace
(Source/Optional quote for SR Primary)- “A feeling of peace is one of the great blessings of paying a full tithe. Those who have kept the commandment of tithing can testify that the blessing of peace is real and precious.” Henry B. Eyring, The Blessings of Tithing
More love for God and others
(Source/Optional quote for SR Primary) “..those who pay tithing feel an increase in their love of God and of all God’s children. That increase of love comes from understanding how the Father uses the tithes we offer to bless people in this world and for eternity.” Henry B. Eyring, The Blessings of Tithing
Privilege of going to temple
(Source/Optional quote for SR Primary): “Keeping the commandments, which includes paying our tithing, will qualify us to enter those temples, be sealed to our families, and receive eternal blessings. Quote from Lorenzo Snow Tithing: A Test of Faith with Eternal Blessings October 2002
Safe from enemies
(Source/Optional quote for SR Primary)- President Lorenzo Snow-“ If we observe this law, no matter what our enemies may do, the Lord will preserve us.” Tithing: A Test of Faith with Eternal Blessings October 2002
 Strong testimony

Enough money for our needs
(Source/Optional quote for SR Primary)  In October of 1998 Hurricane Mitch devastated many parts of Central America. President Gordon B. Hinckley was very concerned for the victims of this disaster, many of whom lost everything—food, clothing, and household goods. He visited these Saints. The prophet wanted to help them unlock the windows of heaven as promised by the Lord in the book of Malachi “President Hinckley taught them that if they would pay their tithing, they would always have food on their tables, they would always have clothing on their backs, and they would always have a roof over their heads. (April 2005- Tithing- A commandment Even for the Destitute Lynn G. Robbins)
 Understanding of the gospel and spiritual light
(Source/Optional quote for SR Primary) “We receive spiritual light when we pay our tithing, as the windows of heaven can then open up.” ( “Put Light in your Life”, President James E. Faust. June 2007)
Strength to obey other commandments
(Source/Optional quote for SR Primary) "The honest payment of tithing provides a person the inner strength and commitment to comply with the other commandments." (“Be Thou an Example” Thomas S. Monson)
Be more honest and thankful
(Source/Optional quote for SR Primary) He allows us to use everything on this earth. He only asks us to return one-tenth. Tithing is a token of gratitude, obedience, and thanksgiving— Paying tithing, willingly, develops an honest and pure heart. (May 2007 Ensign, “Will a Man Rob God?” Yoshihiko Kikuchi)
Eternal life-
(Source/Optional quote for SR Primary)  “Tithing, then, is one of the bedrock foundation principles of exaltation…. It is a principle of great promise and brings eternal joy and happiness.” (Elder Hartman Rector, Jr. “That Ye May Have Roots and Branches, Ensign, May 1983 p.25)$f=templates$3.0

LEFTOVER-One place on the board when the marker passes is a “leftover” (a small piece of tin foil wrapped around a half eaten piece of pizza with the below quote in the tin foil.)

 “When serving a meal, it is much easier to set one more plate at the beginning of the meal than it is to find food for a latecomer once the meal is over and the food has been served. Likewise, isn’t it actually easier to give the Lord the firstlings or the firstfruits than it is to hope that there are sufficient “leftovers” for Him? As the founder of our feast, shouldn’t He be the guest of honor, the first to be served?” So we pay tithing first before any spending!
(April 2005- Tithing- A Commandment Even for the Destitute Lynn G. Robbins)

If landed on a WALLET the children will choose a wallet with play money in it, filled out tithing slip with envelope and a picture of how that tithing can be used to bless others.

(Wallets are made from folding a rectangular piece of cut brown construction paper and stapling the folded bottom up to create a pocket for play money. Play money printed on green construction paper from )

Pictures that are inside the tithing envelopes that represent how tithing blesses others- In each wallet is either $10(10 ones in play money), $20(a ten and five in play money and five ones), or $30(two tens and a five and five ones in play money. The tithing slip is already filled out- The name is Full Tithe Payer, addresss is 2000 Faithful St, etc. One child can put the money in the envelope as you talk about the picture of where that tithing may be going to help.)

 I challenge you to pay your tithing. Even if the amount doesn't seem like much it will bring blessings to you and members and nonmembers of this true church. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

(You can find a copy of this file named "Sharing time- Tithing.doc" at my Skydrive:


  1. This is amazing!!! Is it OK to say that I love you and your ideas. I'm so excited to do this sharing time next week. THANK YOU for sharing!!! (I LOVE the windows of heaven idea.)

  2. Thanks for the fabulous ideas! How long do you have for your sharing time? We have like 15 minutes and that doesn't seem like enough time for this activity.

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love your creativity and the ways that you truly teach the doctrine.

  4. Yeah, it may have some timing issues. I did this lesson in a Primary Sunday school class. I adjusted it by not rolling the die midway thru and jumping to the spaces. I even think I may have picked two windows or three windows of heaven at the same time. And there are only three tithing money calculations. So by the time you have done three, the kids won't have to figure it out because they will have already done it. And you could also pick two wallets at the same time or even put more than one "tithing helps" in the wallets. You may not finish the entire game board, I am one that likes to overplan rather than have time left. The opening could be shortened as well. Make adjustments as you see fit for your primary.

  5. Thank you for post this wonderful sharing time! I'm excited to use it as our FHE for tonight, we'll see how it goes and possibly use it again Sunday.

  6. I always test my lesson out at FHE! My kids are the guinea pigs and there has been times(the modesty lesson, haha!!!) that I have COMPLETELY rewritten the lesson based on the experience. I am not teaching this tithing lesson for sharing time, as many lessons that I post, so hopefully people can rework what DOESN'T work so that it is effective on Sunday:)

  7. Thanks for the ideas on how to shorten it for Sunday.

  8. This is great!!! What a fun FHE, even for my 15 year old!

  9. So perfect. . . and fun!! Thanks for sharing!! :)

  10. Darcee - Thank you so much for always posting such great ideas. I'm not so creative or crafty, but I love taking your ideas and simplifying them to my capabilities. And the kids ALWAYS love them. Thank YOU for helping ME to be a better teacher. :)

  11. Do you mind me asking how you did the windows. Did you laminate first then cut around the window to make it open? Sorry, just trying to figure out how you made that work...and look good:)

  12. I did this the hardest way possible, haha! I cut each window out and then laminated the entire window to create "glass" and then cut around the edges and down middle to make it open. A simpler way may be to cut four windows out of brown construction paper and laminate it or attach Saran wrap to the back and cut around edges and middle.

  13. Thank you so much for this! I just thought that I'd let you know that when I went to print out the images of the currency it stopped me from doing so because I guess there are laws against printing images of certain currency. Just thought I'd let you know! Thanks again!

  14. Thanks so much for all your hard work. It is an amazing lesson on Tithing.

  15. I love you!! I just got called as 1st counselor last Sunday, and I am going to be all alone tomorrow morning, setting up, conducting, sharing time, etc. Needless to say, I have been a little worried. ;) But thanks to your all-inclusive, awesome lesson plan, I think it's going to be great! Thank you for all your hard work!! What a great resource you are!

  16. can I just tell you how amazing this sharing time is and how amazing you are to put it all together! You are so creative!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  17. I am sure this is too late to help anyone now, but I used an exacto knife to cut out the 'window glass' panels and then placed the entire window (no other cuts) inside a plastic sheet protector at the bottom corner. Then I cut the sheet protector to fit the window and taped the top closed. I left the side open and slid the "Blessing" label inside the plastic sleeve behind the window so that it could be seen behind the panels. When it was time to open the window I slid the "Blessing" label out, turned it around to see the blessing then slide it back inside the sleeve, only this time in front of the window so that it was clearly visible. Maybe someone will find this useful!! Sorry for the Anonymous post, but I didn't have time to create an account. Will do so later. Carolyn Wheeler

  18. Oh Carolyn, that's WAY better than my approach!!! Haha! Where were you when I was making windows!?!

  19. Darcee, I did your lesson last Sunday and it was awesome. The kids loved it. Junior Primary had to be sped up a bit, but it was perfect for Senior. I let the kids take the wallets back to their seats to figure out the tithing and that helped move things along. I use your ideas every chance I get. THANK YOU SO MUCH for the time and thought you put in to each one. I love your ideas and approach to making learning visual and fun. Thanks again!!

  20. LOVE your windows of heaven quotes. Thank you SO much for sharing!!

    1. I am preparing the sharing time for tomorrow and am so thankful for all the work you allready did. It saves me al lot of time and energy. Wonderful Ideas!
      Priska from a little Ward in Switzerland ;-)