About a month ago, we had a wonderful relief society lesson about giving and I thought I would share this quote with all of you, it was given by Brigham Young on June 8, 1846:
"The first year that I came into this valley I had not flour enough to last my family until harvest, and persons were coming to my house every day for bread. I had the blues one day; I went down to the old fort, and by the time I got back to my house I was completely cured. I said to my wife, Do not let a person come here for food and go away empty-handed, for if you do we shall suffer before harvest; but if you give to every individual that comes, we shall have enough to last us through.
I have proven this many a time, and we have again proven it this year. I have plenty on hand, and shall have plenty, if I keep giving it away. More than two hundred persons eat from my provisions every day, besides my own family and those who work for me. I intend to keep doing so, that my bread may hold out, for if I do not, I shall come short. Do you believe that principle? I know it is true, because I have proven it so many times...
You who have flour and meat, deal it out, and do not be afraid that you will be too much straightened, for if you will give, you will have plenty, for it is God who sustains us, and we have got to learn this lesson. All I ask of you is to apply your heart to wisdom and to watch the providences of God, until you prove for yourselves that I am telling the truth."
I have seen these principles come true in my own life. When I was in college, all of my roommates and I took turns each night to make dinner. We went shopping together and we split the bill, that way there weren't 6 girls all in the kitchen trying to fend for themselves every night, and it was wonderful because there was always a good meal to eat. Sometimes, actually quite often, there were many more people over for dinner than just us. Boyfriends, neighbors etc. that of course we couldn't just send home---but sometimes I would look at our dinner, and then count the people in the room, and I would think to myself, there is NO way this is going to feed 9 people. But all were invited and everybody ate, and I was always amazed that everyone was able to have enough food on their plate to get full. If we give we will receive...and that always is the case!