“The fundamental principle of all Church Relief work is that it must be carried on by fast offerings and other voluntary donations and contributions. This is the order established by the Lord.Tithing is not primarily designed for that purpose and must not be used except in the last extremity.” J. Reuben Clark, Jr.
“I am in harmony with what the bishop said about our need to contributeliberally to the fast offerings fund and to every other fund that the Church officially calls upon us to contribute to. I am a firm believer that you cannot give to the Church and to the building up ofthe kingdom of God and be any poorer financially. I remember a long time ago, over 50 years, when Brother Melvin J. Ballard laid his hands on my head and set me apart to go on a mission. He said inthat blessing that a person could not give a crust to the Lord without receiving a loaf in return. That's been my experience. If the members of the Church would double their fast-offeringcontributions, the spirituality in the Church would double. We need to keep that in mind and be liberal in our contribution.” President Marion G. Romney
Fasting is also one of the finest ways ofdeveloping our own discipline and self-control. Plato said, “The first and best victory is to conquer self; to be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and vile.” L. Tom Perry quoting Plato.Psalms 119:101 “I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep they word.”
“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”Proverbs 25:28
In Russell M. Nelson's talk on prayer he stated: Prayer can also be enhanced by fasting. The Lord said, “I give unto you a commandment that ye shall continue in prayer and fastingfrom this time forth.” A plea for wisdom in fasting was offered by President Joseph F. Smith, who cautioned that “there is such a thing as overdoing. A man fay fast and pray till he kills himself;...
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