My 8-year-old son came out of his Primary class holding his sealed tithing envelope and munching on a bag of M&Ms. Needless to say, he had a big smile on his face! “Bud, what’s the treat for?” I asked. “Oh, it’s my leftover M&Ms after paying my tithing. I need to take this envelope to the bishop.” I finally caught on to what he was telling me when I noticed a small lump in this neatly sealed tithing envelope. “Is there an M&M in there for the bishop?” “Yep! And I got to eat the other 9!” Now that was a memorable way to learn about tithing, one that I think he’ll remember for years to come.
Marci also related a fun tithing activity she’s used with Primary classes in the past: move the classroom to the kitchen where you make a batch of no-bake cookies. Take 1 out of each 10 cookies and put them on a plate for the bishop! Here’s a no-bake recipe you might like:
CHOCOLATE DREAM DROPS
- 1/4 cup (57 grams) butter
- 1/2 cup (60 grams) instant sweet cocoa
- 1/4 cup (65 grams) peanut butter or sunflower butter (for those with peanut allergies)
- 1 cup (90 grams) oatmeal
Melt butter ahead of time. Pour melted butter into instant cocoa mix. Add peanut or sunflower butter; stir until smooth. Mix in oatmeal. Drop by small spoonsful onto waxed paper. Let rest 10 minutes.
When I was on my mission in Spain we liked to bake a cake and take it with us to the investigator’s house for the “charla” (discussion) about tithing. When it came time for the object lesson we would bring out the cake and offer it as a gift to our investigator and ask if we could slice it up for them. We’d proceed to cut ten slices of cake and then ask if they would be willing to give just one slice back to us. Everything we have is a gift from Heavenly Father. Giving back just one slice doesn’t seem too much to ask!