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3. We have not earned the things we enjoy. When we gain blessings from our Father in Heaven, we have not earned those blessings. Rather, they are given by a loving Father who has promised us that if we obey a law, He will bless us. As Doctrine & Covenants 130:20–21 tells us, "There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated."

God doesn’t always bless us immediately, even when we are obedient to His commandments; if He did, some people would be obedient just to get blessings. Instead, our Heavenly Father asks us to develop faith in His plan for each of us, strengthen our families, serve others, and follow the teachings of His chosen servants, no matter what blessings we receive or in what time frame those blessings come. This trust in the Lord’s timing is a major part of our test in this mortal experience.

4. Wealth is not a necessary qualification for service in the Lord's kingdom. Some people think that you must be wealthy in order to serve in the Lord’s kingdom, but this is not the case. As President Gordon B. Hinckley clarified:

If that is the perception, I am sorry, because it is a false perception. Out of the experience of nearly a quarter of a century in organizing and reorganizing scores of stakes, I can say that the financial worth of a man was the least of all considerations in selecting a stake president. Wealth and financial success are not criteria for Church service (Gordon B. Hinckley, "Tithing: An Opportunity to Prove Our Faithfulness,” Ensign, May 1982, 40).

It is more important how you serve than how much money you have. You must decide now that you will serve to the best of your ability in whatever calling you are called to, regardless of your current or future financial situation.


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