RS Lesson 12: Tithing, a Law for Our Protection and Advancement

From the Life of Lorenzo Snow 

Watch the 11 minute movie “The Windows of Heaven.” Ask the women to think about Lorenzo Snow’s willingness to travel to St. George and the people’s readiness to obey the law of tithing.

After the movie, ask the sisters what their thoughts are about the movie and what we can gain from the account.

President Snow had repeatedly assured the Saints that they would be blessed individually, both temporally and spiritually, as they obeyed the law of tithing. He also promised that obedience to the law of tithing would bring blessings to the Church as a whole. He felt certain that the tithes of the faithful would enable the Church to break free from its indebtedness, which had come largely as a result of persecution. This promise was fulfilled in 1906, five years after he died.

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In the April 1907 general conference, President Joseph F. Smith announced: “There never has been a time in the history of the Church, I believe, when the law of tithing was observed more universally and more honestly than it has been observed by the Latter-day Saints of late. The tithes of the people during the year 1906 have surpassed the tithing of any other year. This is a good indication that the Latter-day Saints are doing their duty, that they have faith in the Gospel, that they are willing to keep the commandments of God, and that they are working up to the line more faithfully perhaps than ever before. I want to say another thing to you, and I do so by way of congratulation, and that is, that we have, by the blessing of the Lord and the faithfulness of the Saints in paying their tithing been able to pay off our bonded indebtedness. Today the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints owes not a dollar hat it cannot pay at once. At last we are in a position that we can pay as we go. We do not have to borrow anymore, and we won’t have to if the Latter-day Saints continue to live their religion and observe this law of tithing.


Earl C. Tingey said, “The Lord has established the law of tithing as the law of revenue of His Church. It is also a law by which we show our loyalty to the Lord.” (“The Law of Tithing,” Ensign, May 2002). I believe that the law of tithing goes hand in hand with the law of sacrifice, which is to test our obedience to the Lord and to help us come unto Christ. How can we come unto Christ by paying our tithing?

The law of tithing is easy to understand and can be obeyed by all. 

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I plead with you in the name of the Lord, and I pray that every man, woman and child…shall pay one-tenth of their income as tithing.


Tithing is not a difficult law…If a man receives ten dollars, his tithing is one dollar; if he receives one hundred, his tithing is ten…It is very easy to comprehend.

In what ways is tithing “not a difficult law?” Why might some people thing the law of tithing is difficult to obey?

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A part of a tithing is no tithing at all, no more than immersing only half a person’s body in baptism.


Brethren and sisters, we want you to make this a matter a subject of prayer…instead of having such groveling ideas as some have in regard to money, we should pay our tithing…what the Lord requires of us is to pay our tithing now. And he expects every person in the future to pay his or her tithing. We know what one-tenth is; let us pay that to the Lord. Then we can go to the Bishop with an open face and ask him for a recommend to go to the temple.

President Snow went on to say, “I say to you in the name of the Lord God of Israel, if you will pay tithing from now on, the Lord will forgive you for all the past [nonpayment of tithing] and the blessings of the Almighty will be poured out upon this people.

I want to have this principle so fixed upon our hearts that we shall never forget it. As I have said more than once, I know that the Lord will forgive the Latter-day Saints for their past negligence in paying tithing, if they will now repent and pay a conscientious tithing from this time on.”

How might President Snow’s teachings help someone gain a testimony of paying a tithing?

When we pay tithing, we contribute to the work of the Church.

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This Church could not go on unless there was revenue, and this revenue God has provided for [through the law of tithing]. Our temples, in which we receive the highest blessings ever conferred on mortal man, are built through revenue. We never could send the…Elders out into the world to preach the Gospel, as we are now doing, unless there was revenue to do it…Then there are a thousand other things constantly occurring for which means are required.

In order for the Church to grow and progress in its work, it requires faithful members to pay their tithing. President Snow explained that if some Latter-day Saints had not paid tithing, the four temples they had in 1899 never would have been erected. He taught, “The first principle of action to the Latter-day Saints is to sanctify the land by keeping this law of tithing and placing themselves in a position where they can receive the ordinances that pertain unto exaltation and glory of our dead.”

Paying tithing is a way to sanctify a land, which opens the door for the Lord to bless the people of that land with temples in which they can receive sacred ordinances.

My husband served his mission in Rome, Italy and has seen how tithing can affect the growth and progression of the Church. While he was there, he said the Italians had been praying and looking forward to a temple in Italy because they had to travel either by train or bus to Switzerland or by plane to Madrid. It was very costly and time consuming. But at the same time, there was concern about the Saints paying their tithing. Many had struggled with the law of tithing for a long time due to poor economies, and as a result, stakes were slow in being organized. Many districts had the population and the Melchizedek Priesthood members, but were unable to be organized because they struggled to pay their tithing. There were some areas that had as many as 12 branches, but no stakes.  This is what Brad observed on his mission when he came home Fall 2007. A year later, we met and started dating. We had discussed several times how awesome it would be to hear the church announce a temple in Rome. But I remember several times Brad saying that it would only be possible if more members were faithful in paying their tithing so that stakes could be organized and a temple could be built. Little did he know that the Saints in Italy had been working hard that year since he left the mission. To our surprise, (and I’m sure everyone else’s) It was only 4 days after we had this discussion that President Monson announced in 2008 that there would be a temple built in Rome. We have since learned that church membership and faithfulness has grown rapidly in Italy. More stakes have been organized and the members in Italy have become stronger in their faith and paying their tithing.

What are some blessings you and loved ones have received through the buildings and programs funded by tithing?

Why is it a privilege to pay tithing?

The Lord will bless us temporally and spiritually as we obey the law of tithing.

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The law of tithing is one of the most important ever revealed to man…Through obeying this law the blessings of prosperity and success will be given unto the Saints.


If we will keep that law…the land will be sanctified and we shall be counted worthy to receive the blessings of the Lord and to be sustained and supported in our financial affairs and in everything we do, temporal as well as spiritual.


I believe truly if the Latter-day Saints will conform with this law we can claim deliverance from every evil that may come upon us.

President Snow testified that we will be blessed as we obey the law of tithing. What are some blessings the law of tithing has brought into your life? Into the lives of family members and friends?

Everything we have is a gift from God. Paying an honest tithe is a way to show gratitude to Him and help build His kingdom here on earth. Tithing on our increase is a test of obedience and our willingness to put aside the things of mortality for loftier, more spiritual pursuits. It doesn’t take money to pay tithing…it takes faith! We can tithe our time, in addition to money, as we live the principle of sacrifice. As with all commandments, we are blessed when we have an attitude of obedience. Tithing supports the many wonderful programs and facilities the Church offers us and our families. Brad and I often say that we can’t afford NOT to pay our tithing. We have found that we can do more with 90 percent of our money and the Lord’s help than we can with 100 percent of it on our own!

Bear testimony and close.


There is a section about teaching children about the law of tithing, but there aren’t very many young members in Relief Society in our ward. I am the youngest Relief Society member in my ward (That’s saying something seeing as I’m closer to 30 than I am to 18 years old) and most of the ladies I teach are grandmothers and great-grandmothers. I just felt like we could spend more time discussing the other topics in this lesson.

As always, I would love to hear feedback and continue the discussion of tithing! Thank you to those who read through my lessons. I hope to be able to touch just a few more lives with what I have learned.


Relief Society Lesson 9: Sacred Family Relationships

As I was preparing this lesson, I realized I would be teaching this on Mother’s Day. How fitting it is to discuss building and strengthening sacred family relationships on this day!

From the Life of Lorenzo Snow

President Snow taught: “If we are faithful we will associate with each other in an immortal and glorious state…those connections formed here, that are of the most enduring character, shall exist in eternity.”

When I think of those that I want to be with most after this mortal life, I hope to be with my family most. I desire to be with my parents and siblings and their families, my husband and my children, and even my husband’s parents and his siblings and their families. It is when I am around these people that I feel the most loved. I am grateful for the blessing of eternal families so that I may always feel of that love.

For his 70th birthday, Lorenzo Snow invited all of his children and their families to a “grand re-union and anniversary celebration.”  He urged them to let nothing prevent their attendance “except the most serious and insurmountable obstacles.”

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The Snow family gathered from May 7 to 9, 1884, and enjoyed music, theatrical productions, speeches, poetry, games, food, and throughout the event, he attended various meetings of the family, and in the capacity of Patriarch…engaged in conferring blessings upon members: and giving much fatherly counsel, instruction and admonition.” As the reunion drew to a close, all the family came together to hear him speak. According to Eliza’s record, he expressed “his pleasure and gratitude to God that he now enjoyed the happiness of beholding the pleasant and smiling faces of his large family, and the good he anticipated would result from this reunion.” Looking out over his family, President Snow exclaimed: “My heart is filled to overflowing with warmest feelings of gratitude to my Heavenly Father…Language is powerless to express the deep feelings of my heart for this holy and sacred opportunity on this the celebration of my seventieth birthday, of standing here and beholding this glorious and heavenly inspiring spectacle.

President Snow continued explaining that this would be the last family reunion they would expect on this side of the spirit world. He encouraged all of his family to live honorably, to follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost, and to not deviate from the straight and narrow path so that they may all have a glorious reunion in the morning of the first resurrection.

As I read this story and thought back on some experiences this last week, I started wondering about the difference between the quality and quantity of time I spend with my various family members. My family growing up was not really one to spend a lot of quantitative time together. But as I reflected back on the time we have spent together, it was great quality time. They were times we were working together toward a common goal. It brought us together to make us stronger and spiritually fed. I am grateful for those experiences. 

Why should we bring our families together?

How can we bring about good results when we bring our family together?

How can we help our families stay united? 

Family relationships are sacred and can grow stronger in eternity. 

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Encourage marriage…and impress upon [others] the sacredness of that relation and the obligation they are under to observe that great commandment which was given of God to our first parents, to multiply and replenish the earth. This is all the more necessary in view of the present tendency in the world to disregard that law and to dishonor the marriage covenant. It is saddening to note the frequency of divorces in the land and the growing inclination to look upon children as an encumbrance instead of as a precious heritage from the Lord.

President Snow gave this statement directly to the women in the Relief Society 112 years ago. In what ways is this statement relevant today?

He mentions the “frequency of divorce in the land.” Again, this statement was made over 100 years ago. I haven’t done any research, but I can almost say without a doubt, the number of divorces has increased much more since that time.

He also says “It is saddening to note…the growing inclination to look upon children as an encumbrance instead of as a precious heritage from the Lord.” If this was said 100 years ago, it must be much more relevant now.  There are so many people who choose not to have children or who treat children poorly because they find them annoying. Sometimes it just breaks my heart when I see children treated this way. But I will be the first to admit I sometimes have this same attitude. I totally understand why it is so easy to treat children this way. Raising children is hard! And sometimes as a stay at home mom, it is easy to forget how important and precious my little one is in the middle of all the weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth all because [insert a reason only rational to a 2-year-old, but still lacks the communication skills here]. Thank goodness for the gift of the atonement and repentance!  I can walk away when I need to, say a prayer and start over.

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The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for his children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between mand and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife…

Husband and Wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives – mothers and fathers – will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations. (The Family: A Proclamation to the World, 1995)

What can we do to help the youth of the Church understand the sacredness of the marriage covenant?

What can we do to help them look forward to marriage and parenthood? 

Faithful Latter-day Saints who are unable to marry or raise children in this life will be able to receive all the blessings of exaltation in the life to come. 

Lorenzo Snow discusses the doctrine of eternal families will not punish the faithful single members of the church. He praised his sister Eliza R. Snow, who was single for much of her life and did not have children. Another Relief Society leader I admire who was also single was Sister Barbara Thompson, former second counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency. Both are great example of a faithful Latter-day Saint women who found other ways a woman can contribute to her faith and community.

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People who have no opportunity of marrying in this life, if they die in the Lord, will have means furnished them by which they can secure all the blessings necessary for persons in the married condition. the Lord is merciful and kind, and He is not unjust. There is no injustice in Him; yet we could scarcely look upon it as being just when a woman or a man dies without having had the opportunity of marrying if it could not be remedied in the other life. There would be injustice in that, and we know that the Lord is not an unjust being. My sister Eliza R. Snow, I believe, was just as good a woman as any Latter-day Saint woman that ever lived, and she lived in an unmarried state until she was beyond the condition of raising a family…I cannot for one moment imagine that she will lose a single thing on that account. It will be made up to her in the other life, and she will have just as great a kingdom as she would have had if she had the opportunity in this life of raising a family.

In our family-centered church, how can we be more inclusive and appreciative of single members?

When husband and wife enjoy a oneness of feeling, they encourage love and kindess in the home. 

There was one line in this lesson that really stood out to me. President Snow taught: “See that the little trifling misunderstandings in domestic concerns do not poison your happiness.”

What are some specific ideas that can help us avoid this “poison?”

If for some reason we have been “poisoned by trifle misunderstandings,” what are some effective antidotes?

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Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. (The Family: A Proclamation to the World, 1995).

I love President Snow’s advice to the women of the church: “Try to endure the unpleasantnesses which arise at times, and when you meet each other in the next life you will feel glad that you put up with those things.”

In other words, what this says to me is to pick your battles wisely. Is it really worth the argument or frustration when your husband always leaves his socks in the front room? NO! “Endure the unpleasantnesses which arise…and in the next life you will feel glad that you put up with those things.” Maybe socks won’t be necessary in the next life…just keep that in mind… 🙂 

Children learn the gospel best when their parents seek inspiration and set good examples.


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This is not our work that we are engaged in, it is the work of God. We are directed in our movements by a superior intelligence…the future of this kingdom will rest on our offspring; and its power and ultimate triumph, on their education and proper training. If we wish to sway a proper influence over our families, we must show them good examples as well as give them good precepts. We should be able to say, do as I do, as well as to say do as I say.

Strive to teach your children in such a way, both by example and precept, that they will unhesitatingly follow in your footsteps and become as valiant for the truth as you have been.

Why do you think parent need to be able to say “do as I do” in addition to “do as I say?”

In what ways can parents teach by example?

Place a cup or bowl of colored water on the table and drop a dry sponge into it. Show the class how the sponge has soaked up the water. Explain the following:

Children literally soak up what is around them in their home: anger, love, gospel study, apathy, etc. We need to constantly expose our children to positive behaviors in order for them to absorb the gospel. 

Life is eternal. We come from heavenly parents who are waiting for us to return to them after we have learned the lessons of life and gained the characteristics they possess. To remind us of our heavenly home, we are given the opportunity to be parents her eon earth and raise a family of our own. Salvation is a family affair. We are placed here as families to learn how to care for one another so that we might all safely return home together. Temple marriage is a covenant partnership with the Lord that allows us to seal souls together as eternal families.

Heavenly Father has placed us here on earth in families so that we can learn to work together and help one another return to our heavenly home. If everyone – mothers, fathers, children, extended family – take responsibility for a happy family, they can all experience a little bit of heaven on earth. 

Close with Testimony


I hope and pray this lesson will help the sisters in my ward and that it has uplifted you. If you would like to share any thoughts and comments, please feel free to leave a comment.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful ladies! 

Relief Society Lesson 6 – Becoming Perfect before the Lord: “A Little Better Day by Day”

I meant to post this on Saturday, but alas, life happened. I taught this lesson in my Relief Society yesterday. I had a really positive response and I don’t think I’ve ever had a lesson go as smoothly as this one did yesterday.

I included an object lesson. I got the idea from Daring Young Mom‘s blog post on Drops of Awesome and adapted it to fit the lesson. Thank you, Daring Young Mom!

For the object lesson, you will need a tall glass cup, a glass bowl, an eyedropper, and water. (I suggest putting food coloring in your water so that it can be seen easily by your class. That would be the one thing I would’ve done differently yesterday if I could do it all over again.)

I would describe what to do for the object lesson, but it explains it pretty well in my lesson plan, so read it and it’ll make sense. Besides, it gives away the point I was trying to teach in my lesson if I were to just tell you now. 🙂

Please, if you have any thoughts or comments on this lesson, please feel free to share them with me by commenting. Enjoy!

Becoming Perfect Before the Lord: “A Little Better Day by Day.”

When I first took a look at the title of this lesson, I thought, “Oh, goodness…how daunting!” Then the second half caught my eye: “A Little Better Day by Day.” Here’s the incremental change again. A little day by day. Not all at once. That’s encouraging and doable!

As we go through the lesson, I want to show you how doing a little each day will help us to become perfect before the Lord. I have this glass here that we are going to fill with water throughout the lesson. The water will represent our endeavoring actions to become perfect. By the end of the lesson, I promise that water will be overflowing the cup, showing that we have become perfect before the Lord. (Have the glass cup inside a big glass bowl so that the sisters can all see it, but when you go to fill the cup with water, it won’t get everything wet.)

From the Life of Lorenzo Snow

The lesson starts out when President Lorenzo Snow attended a priesthood meeting where an elder from each quorum were to report the work that had been done. During this meeting, he noticed a sort of reluctance from the representatives to speak before the audience. When he stood to speak, he shared the following experience with them.

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“It would not be amiss, perhaps, if I should tell you a little of my experience when I commenced to talk in public, even before I was an Elder. I remember the first time I was called upon to bear my testimony…it was something I very much dreaded, yet at the same time I felt that it was my duty to get up, but I waited, and waited. One bore testimony, another gave his testimony, then another, and they were nearly through, but I still dreaded to get up. I had never spoken before an audience…I [finally] concluded it was about time for me to get up. I did so. Well, how long do you suppose I talked? I judge about half a minute – it couldn’t possibly been more than a minute. That was my first effort; and the second, I think, was about the same. I was bashful…but I made up my mind, solidly and firmly, that whenever I was called upon to perform a duty of this nature or of any other, I would do it no matter what might be the result. That is a part of the foundation of my success as an Elder in Israel.

I am sure this is an experience most of us can relate to. Being asked to do something that makes us step out of our comfort zone, especially when it is going to be a recurring event, can be daunting. So let’s put a drop of water in our cup for President Snow trying his best to bear his testimony, even if it was a short witness of his testimony. (Take an eyedropper and put in one drop of water in the cup.) President Snow went on to tell these elders that shortly after this experience, he was to hold his first meeting as a full-time missionary. He dreaded having to speak in public and prayed for help and guidance because he had no idea what he was even going to say. When the time came, he described that he felt the Holy Ghost rest upon him, filling his mind with light and communicated the ideas and words to share with these people. As a result, the group requested another meeting.  So he gets another drop for his obedience and faith in the Lord to do what he needed to do. (Put in another drop.) President Snow shared the lesson he wanted these elders to learn from his experience:

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“My young friends, there is an opportunity for you to become great – just as great as you wish to be. In starting out in life you may set your hearts upon things very difficult to attain to, but possibly within your reach. In your first efforts to gratify your desires you may fail, and your continued efforts may not prove what may be termed as a success. But inasmuch as your efforts were honest efforts, and inasmuch as your desires were founded in righteousness, the experience you obtain while pursuing your hearts’ desires must necessarily be profitable to you, and even your mistakes, if mistakes you make, will be turned to your advantage.

This was a favorite theme of President Snow. He often reminded the Saints of the Lord’s command to be perfect, and he assured them that through their own diligence and with the Lord’s help, they could obey that command. He taught, “We ought to feel in our hearts that God is our Father, and that while we make mistakes and are weak, if we live as nearly perfect as we can, all will be well with us.” I love that: “if we live as nearly perfect as we can, all will be well with us.” All the Lord asks of us is to try our best to be like him. I think that can be a realistic expectation for all of God’s children.

One thing that is important to remember is that there is little comfort in a growth zone and little growth in a comfort zone.

How can practicing skills like public speaking or teaching help you to become perfect before the Lord?

Invite everyone to open their scriptures and have someone read Matthew 5:48

48 aBe ye therefore bperfect, even as your cFather which is in heaven is dperfect.

This scripture is an example of those many reminders from the Lord President Snow talked about to be perfect. It simply states, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Kind of sounds like a big task, doesn’t it? But if you understand the language that was being used at the time and how it was translated, it can take on a completely different meaning.

If you look in the footnote, next to the word “perfect,” you’ll see that it says: complete, finished, fully developed…potential to become like Heavenly Father.  If you even include the JST, it changes to: “Ye are therefore commanded to be complete (or finished, or fully developed, or to have the potential to become like Heavenly Father) even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

I found a quote regarding this scripture from my notes when I was in Seminary. It is by Elder Russell M. Nelson and he explains the following: 

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In Matt. 5:48, the term perfect was translated from the Greek Teleios, which means, “complete.” Teleios is an adjective derived from the noun telos which means “end.” the infinitive form of the verb is teleiono, which means, “to reach a distant end, to be fully developed, to consummate, or finish.” Please note that the word does not imply “freedom from error”; it implies “achieving a distant objective.” In fact, when the writer of the Greek New Testament wished to describe perfection of behavior – precision or excellence of human effort – they did not employ a form of teleios; instead they chose different words…Eternal perfection is reserved for those who overcome all things and inherit the fullness of the Father in his heavenly mansions – the kind of life that God lives. (Elder Russell M. Nelson, Ensign, Nov 1995, pg. 86)

What I have learned from my studies, God doesn’t expect us to become without flaw while on this earth. By nature, we are imperfect beings. It would be impossible to be without flaw before we complete this mortal existence. But he does expect us to become more complete, like our Father in heaven is complete. Our Father in heaven doesn’t try to be good. He simply is good. He is complete. So God wants us to become complete, to become like Him.

What are some things we can do to become more like our Father in Heaven?

(For each answer, put a drop of water in the cup.) 

When we comply with a requirement from the Lord, we are perfect in that sphere. 

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Abraham was called to leave his kindred and country [see Abraham 2:1-6]. Had he not complied with this requirement, he would not have been approved of the Lord. But he did comply; and while he was leaving his home he no doubt was living in obedience to this divine law of perfection. Had he failed in this he certainly could not have obeyed the requirements of the Almighty. And while he was leaving his father’s house, while he was subjecting himself to this trial he was doing that which his own conscience and the Spirit of God justified him in doing, and nobody could have done better, providing he was doing no wrong when he was performing this labor.

Abraham gets a drop of water for leaving his country as the Father commanded. He also gets a few more drops for his continued faith and perseverance as he endured this trial. (Put in 4 or 5 drops of water in the cup.)

The early Saints were also asked to leave their land and their families in order to reach the land of Zion. President Snow said, “They complied with this requirement, so far they were walking in obedience to this law, and they were perfect as men could be under the circumstances in the sphere in which they were acting, not that they were perfect in knowledge or power, etc.; but in their feelings in their integrity, motives, and determination” The early pioneers get drops of water for their obedience to this law. (Put in 1 drop of water in the cup.)

I love how President Snow explains that they weren’t perfect in knowledge or power. But he explains that they were perfect in their obedience to his laws. They were perfect in this one particular test in their lives. Perfection does not require a full knowledge. It requires faith in the Lord.

Does God ever ask us to leave people and/or places today in order to get us closer to perfection? In which ways? Why or why not? (For each answer or experience shared, put in a drop of water in the cup.)

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We must seek the ability to keep this law to sanctify our motives, desires, feelings, and affections that they may be pure and holy and our will in all things be subservient to the will of God and have no will of our own except to do the will of our Father…A person may be perfect in regard to some things and not others. A person who obeys the word of wisdom faithfully is perfect as far as that law is concerned. When we repented of our sins and were baptized for the remission of them, we were perfect as far as that matter was concerned.

(Put in a drop of water for obeying the word of wisdom, repenting, and baptism.)

We can be successful in one thing at a time and still be progressing towards perfection. Our available time and our responsibilities change throughout or lives, and God does not require us to “run faster than we have strength.” What is important during one phase may not be important in another. We can find what God wants us to focus on in each phase of our lives, and don’t need to feel guilty for not doing everything at once.

Rather than become discouraged when we fail, we can repent and ask God for strength.

President Snow acknowledged that we all have our little follies and our weaknesses. We should try to overcome them as fast as possible and we should teach this principle to our children.

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If the husband can live with his wife one day without quarrelling or without treating anyone unkindly or without grieving the Spirit of God in any way, that is well so far; he is so far perfect. Then let him try to be the same the next day. But supposing he should fail in this his next day’s attempt, that is no reason why he should not succeed in doing so the third day…We must not allow ourselves to be discouraged whenever we discover our weakness.

 (Put in 3 drops of water in to the cup for the husband’s endeavor to be kind.) How can we rise above feelings of discouragement? (Put in a drop of water for every answer given.)

Closing the Lesson

 In the scriptures, we learn that he Lord gives Abraham many great promises, but before he is to receive them, Abraham was required to become perfect before the Lord (Genesis 17:1).  The same requirement was made by the Savior to his Disciples.

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The Lord proposes to confer the highest blessings upon the Latter-day Saints; but, like Abraham, we must prepare ourselves for them, and to do this the same law that was given to him of the Lord has been given to us for our observance.

It is getting near the end of our lesson, so let’s see how close we are to overflowing our cup with water. (There should be very little water in the cup.) I promised that this cup would be overflowing with water by the end of the lesson. We’ve done all we could to try and achieve that goal. The Lord never has, nor will he require things of his children which it is impossible for them to perform. So to quote President Snow, “Why should we fret and worry over these temporal things when our destiny is so grand and glorious? If we will cleave unto the Lord, keep his commandments, pattern after his perfections and reach out unto the eternal realities of His heavenly kingdom, all will be well with us and we shall triumph and obtain victory in the end.”

Let’s try adding some more water in the cup with the little time we have left. This next quote advises ways to become perfect.

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In all your acts and conduct ever have the consciousness that you are now preparing and making yourselves a life to be continued through eternities; (1) act upon no principle that you would be ashamed or unwilling to act upon in heaven, (2) employ no means in the attainment of an object that a celestial enlightened conscience would disapprove. Whilst feelings and passions excite you to action, let principles (3) pure, (4) honorable, (5) holy, and (6) virtuous always rule and govern.

 (Put in six more drops of water in the cup.)

 Again, we have continued to do our best to become perfect before the Lord. Yet we have not made our cup overflow. We’re missing one important principle to aid us in our path to perfection. (Take out a pitcher of water that is labeled “Atonement.” With the class watching, pour the water into the cup that is sitting in the glass bowl and let the water overflow the cup, letting the bowl catch the excess water so as to not spill water everywhere.)

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We also are required to arrive at a state of perfection before the Lord; and the Lord in this case, the same as in every other, has not made a requirement that cannot be complied with, but on the other hand, He has placed for the use of the Latter-day Saints the means by which they can conform to His holy order. When the Lord made this requirement of Abraham, he gave him the means by which he could become qualified to obey that law and come up fully to the requirement.

 In reference to the Latter-day Saints; [we] could not possibly come up to such moral and spiritual standard except through heavenly aid and assistance. Neither do we expect that [we] at once will or can conform to this law under all circumstances. It requires time; it requires much patience and discipline of the mind and heart in order to obey this commandment.

With patience, discipline, and perseverance, we can arrive at a state of perfection, with the aid of the atonement. When we experience trying moments, then is the time for us to avail ourselves of that great privilege of calling upon the Lord for strength and understanding, intelligence and grace by which we can overcome the weakness of the flesh against which we have to make a continual warfare. When we have a relationship with Christ, striving to do His will, He will pour more into our cups than we can ever hope to imagine. He can fill us to overflowing with peace, with joy, with perfection.

In closing, I would like to share one last quote with you from President Snow. “Do not expect to become perfect at once. If you do, you will be disappointed. Be better today than you were yesterday. And be better tomorrow than you are today. The temptations that perhaps partially overcome us today, let them not overcome us so far tomorrow. Thus continue to be a little better day by day; and do not let your life wear away without accomplishing good to others as to ourselves.

Bear Testimony.


Thank you! Again, if you have any thoughts or comments on this lesson, please feel free to share them with me by commenting.