Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Paying Tithing

The first tithing check after the big event was for a lot of money. Because I had just deposited ten times that into my personal checking account.

You know how they say it will make no difference in how they treat you—the bishop, the clerks who might have seen you check. It's true. Everything else might be topsy-turvy, but these relationships--to God, to my church family, are the same. Thank heaven.

I think it would be that way, even if there weren't other far wealthier people in the ward and stake.

Monday, June 23, 2008

First Visit with the Accountant

When the Accountant told us to buy a house and take out a mortgage, I cried. If I ever had a dream about being rich, it was to have frugally handled my money so well that I was debt free, and freely owned my house. Maybe this overnight money isn't the same experience as having saved up money over 20 years, but I hoped at least to get the same end result. It meant so much to me, all those conference talks, all that prophetic advice to get out of debt! Now apparently, I'll get in debt anyway for the tax break.