Provident Living

Based on the talk from Elder Robert D. Hales in April General Conference 2009.

The first principle of financial security is payment of tithing: Malachi 3:8-10

The value of work:

1 Timothy5:8, D&C 42:42, D&C 75:28

Saving Money:

D&C 48:4

Avoiding Debt:

Proverbs 22:7, D&C 19:35, D&C 104:78

Scriptural Examples

Genesis 41. Joseph counsels to save during prosperous times in order to be secure during difficult financial times.

One condition to avoid is “keeping up with the Joneses.”  The children of Israel taught this principle.  In every time of difficulty they referred back to life in Egypt rather than what their current was.  Examples are:

Exodus 16:3, 17:3, Numbers 11:4-6.

Rather than focusing on what they don’t have, or what others do have, they should have been satisfied with what the Lord was giving them on a daily basis.  Manna was not the best food, but it was what the Lord gave them.

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