Friday, April 17, 2015

What is the Law of the Fast?

The scriptures are replete with admonishments from the Lord to give of our substance to those who have less than what is needed to get by. We can do this in many ways. Often, it will be a direct response to a perceived and present need. Other times, we will discern opportunities to give in complete anonymity. The Lord has provided a way to do so each month in the form of fast offerings. On generally the first Sunday of every month, we fast from food and water for 24 hours. The term fast offerings refers to the money we would have spent on the two meals we chose to sacrifice during our fast. We give a minimum of that amount to the church as fast offerings, which administers it to the poor. This differs from the tithing we pay, in that tithing stays with the church to pay for things like the building of chapels, whereas fast offerings are used only to help the needy

2 comments:

  1. Fasting is not only good for your own spirituality but it can be a huge blessing to others as well. We can certainly go without two meals to be able to give to others who may not have enough money to even buy food. I love this gospel and the blessing it is in my life and the lives of others.

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  2. A good feeling can come to us as we keep this commandment. It is one that teaches us to be in a regular habit of giving to the poor and the needy. The Savior was the ultimate example of helping those in need. We should look to His example for strength if we are ever feeling selfish with our money.

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