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Fast Offerings
About a month ago, our bishop told us that the fast offering fund for the poor people in our ward is running low, and that we should consider giving a generous offering.

I thought we should definitely consider doing so, but in the end, I forgot all about it.

Today, however, our Bishop dedicated the entire sacrament meeting to the topic of sacrifice and fast offerings.  The words spoken during the service really pricked my heart.

I have been so blessed during my lifetime.  I also have been extremely blessed as of late.  I have a fantastic job, I have a wonderful family, great kids, a woman I love dearly to whom I am married, a home, a great car, ....  I could go on.

Lately, we've got ourselves into a little un-necessary debt which I thought would be incredibly hard to pay back within the timeframe alotted us by our creditors.  Turns out, however, that our tax refund will cover it in its entirety and have lots to spare.

With all these blessings, it's hard not to begin thinking "how can I spend this extra money", or even, "How can we save this money in such a manner as to make our future even brighter for us."......  Neither of which is bad, when moderated....

However, today, I was pricked in my heart due to the bishop's words, and we'll see if we can't help out a bit more than we have been.

I've seen countless blessings of the Lord in my life, and especially now, being a bit more financially blessed, why can't I give a little more to the poor?

I love the Spirit of God.