Thursday, September 18, 2008

Jesus is coming to my House

Speaking of super smart children... (sarcasm) Paige has had a really hard time understanding her Sunday School lesson from Church. In our Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) we pay tithing. We give one tenth of all the money we make back to the Lord.

Since they were learning about tithing, Paige's teacher gave each child 10 cents. Then they each put 1 cent in a tithing envelope and gave it to a member of the Bishopric. Then he put the other 9 cents in a little container for the child to take home... This is where he lost Paige.

All week long Paige has been carrying around her little container calling it her Tithing. She says "My teacher gave me tithing at Church on Sunday". Then whenever she finds change around the house she will run and grab her little container and say "Mom, I found more tithing!". Adam and I have tried several times to explain how WRONG she is, but we just aren't getting through to her cute little 4 year old brain.

So today she comes up to me with her little "tithing" container and says, "Mom, when is Jesus coming to take his tithing from me". I tried not to start laughing. Then I told her if she put it under her pillow it would be gone in the morning. She got really excited for a moment. I of course realized how WRONG it was for me to get her hopes up like that. She started yelling "Jesus is Coming!". Poor super confused girl

Don't worry, as soon as I figured out that she actually believed me, I told her that I was joking and that's not how it works. She looked at me and said, "Mom, you joked me!"

So, now we are back at square one. She still has her tithing that she carries around, and she still is not grasping the concept. Oh and just for the record, I'm not looking for ideas on how to explain it to her. I've given up. If you see her, you can explain it.


Kate George said...

Jen - I know you didn't post this looking for advise, but I really think it is imperative that you explain to Paige the true meaning of tithing. If you don't do it now, you are setting her up for failure for her entire life!

JUST KIDDING! Don't you love some of the cookie advice you get when blogging!

Amy R said...

What a cutie! At least you know she's listening to the lesson.!

elizabeth said...

No advise, but great story.

K2 said...

So, so cute. Glad to know that you'll be having a special "visitor" soon!

Heather said...

This could make next spring's Easter egg hunt so fun if she finds"tithing" in the eggs. Does the tithing fairy have wings? Can she pay my tithing? We all enjoyed your story--thanks for sharing it!

Anonymous said...

How much longer until you live here now?

Jasper and Holly said...

LOL! Kids crack me up. Then there are YOUR kids, add that together with you WITH your kids and we've got ourselves a winning combination! It's like you have to mess with them to get them to pay attention to you sometimes! BTW has she figured out tithing?