TITHING BLESSINGS by Bernice Noble Larkin (A talk given in church.)
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Throughout my life I have had many faith promoting experiences given to guide and help me in my life. Brother Weiner asked me to relate blessings George and I have received by the paying of tithing.
As most of you know, George and I have sent three sons into the mission field. Through these missions, we have received many tests of our faith as well as many blessings. Eugene, our oldest, was the first to go to the mission field. Glenn, our second son, went next. Before Glenn came home, our youngest son, Lyle, was called to the Tongan Mission. Lyle left for his mission two months before Glenn was released from his mission.
George was working in the Grade A Plant of Cache Valley Dairy and also running our farm. It took the income from both the job and the farm to pay our obligations, finance the missions of our sons, and keep JoAnn, our oldest daughter, in LDS Business College in Salt Lake and supply her with sufficient money to pay the rent of an apartment, as her board and provide her with clothes and school expenses and also provide for the rest of our family.
While at work one day, George was told that the Cache Valley Dairy was phasing out the Grade A Plant of its factory. This would do away with George’s job. It was in the fall of the year and time for us to settle the remainder of our tithing, pay our taxes and other obligations. We wondered what to do with the little money we had. We knew we had to send our missionaries their money, pay our obligations, plus taxes and send JoAnn the money needed for her schooling. We decided to fast and pray which we had done so many times before. The answer came for us to pay our tithing, as it was our first obligation. The scripture found in Malachi 3:10 kept going through our heads, which says, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
George and I had always paid our tithing. We decided to test the Lord in his promise. It seemed like an eternity as one day after another went by. Then one day George received a phone call from Hazen Hillyard, a Smithfield City Councilman, telling him that the city needed a reliable man to work for them. They had heard of his being laid off at Cache Valley Dairy. This was the answer to our prayers and the blessing of paying our tithing. It wasn’t too long after that George’s foreman at the Cache Valley Dairy called and offered George a job at higher pay at the cheese plant part of the dairy, a job he held until he retired.
To make a long story short, we were able to keep our missionaries in the mission field, pay our obligations and keep JoAnn in business college. This has always been a testimony to us of blessings of tithe paying. I thank God for his blessings to us and ours and I say this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
BERNICE NOBLE LARKIN (Life Sketch for Funeral), written & given by Janet Larkin Grunig & JoAnn Larkin Starks, her daughters, in 1995.
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Bernice Noble Larkin was born August 2, 1909, at her parents’ home in Smithfield, Utah. Her parents are Ira Elias Noble, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Mather. She was the eighth child in a family of nine. They are Elias, Eugene (who died in infancy), Rachel, Lucille, Lorin, Melvin, Bessie, our Mother, Bernice; and Reynold. In her home she was taught the gospel by precept as well as example.
As a child she was pleased to be one of the fastest runners of her age group. However, running fast wasn’t always enough when the first automobiles came to Smithfield. This meant she and her friends had to share the road with the automobiles. One day while playing with her friends in the road, a car approached and her friends and sister, Bessie, split; some going to each side of the road. She could not decide where she wanted to be and dashed back and forth across the road. The car hit her and knocked her to the ground. She was not physically hurt, just her pride.
In her home, she was taught to work hard. She milked cows and thinned and topped beets faster than her brothers. Her mother also taught her the art of being a homemaker. She enjoyed many of these skills at trousseau teas with her friends.
Mother attended school in Smithfield and graduated from Seminary and North Cache High School in Richmond, Utah, where she was a straight “A’ student.
Our Mother had a great love of music. This she learned from her Father. She could not understand what life would be like without music. She sang with the Gala Glee Club; as well as with her sister, Bessie. They performed at many civic and Church functions, including the Pocatello Centennial Celebration.
She was introduced to our Father by a friend, Pauline Fuller. Dad invited her to go to a movie on a blind date. However, he had just returned from herding sheep and was very tired. When the movie started and the lights went out, Dad fell asleep. Mom did not wake him because she knew that he was really tired. In later years, Mom & Dad laughed many times about their first date. As Mom & Dad dated, Dad learned of Mother’s love for music. The first gift that Dad gave to our Mother was a piece of sheet music. It was a love song (You’re Just A Flower From An Old Bouquet). Their friendship grew and when Dad’s mission call came to the North Central States Mission, she encouraged him to go and promised to wait for him. Our Mother and her sister, Bessie, traveled to Snowville, Utah, and sang at Dad’s farewell for his mission.
Upon Dad’s return from serving a successful mission, they became engaged and purchased a small home and property preparing for marriage. They were married in the Logan LDS Temple on March 9, 1938. They were blessed with five children; Eugene, Glenn, Lyle, JoAnn and Janet. Mother was totally devoted to her husband. Whenever Dad was going to work in the fields, she would ask where he was going and when he would be back. If he did not return promptly, she would walk to the north corner of our block and watch and listen for the tractor. We have also made many trips to the fields to confirm that Dad was okay. This devotion continued throughout their married life. Her thoughts and concerns where always with Dad and his well being. Their love is eternal!!
Her devotion to her family was also shown continually. She raised chickens and sold eggs to provide extra money for our family. The egg money was used to provide Christmas, Easter, medical and dental care, clothing and many other extra things. This egg money also helped in supporting her three sons on their missions. Our parents utilized their income wisely and encouraged their children to get an education.
Our Mother taught us to serve others by example. We watched as she helped care for her mother in her later years. She served faithfully in the Church as a visiting teacher. She was a companion to our Dad as a home teacher, and they also served as Temple Endowment Missionaries for several years. Her love for music was shared with others through her Church calling as chorister of numerous Church organizations beginning in her youth. It’s been said that the Relief Society baton should be buried with our Mother because she conducted Relief Society music for so many, many, years.
Mother was completely honest and had impeccable integrity. One of her sons picked up a toy on the way home from school one day and she turned him around and made him take it back immediately. Another son remembers being given a stolen Easter basket by a friend from the SOS Drug. When our Mother learned the circumstances of where the basket came from, he returned the basket to the store. Mother had no tolerance for dishonesty.
Our Mother was a hard worker and sacrificed much for her family. She would not go to bed Saturday night until the home was clean and prepared for the Sabbath. Eugene remembers being really tired and not being able to sleep himself until Mother had completed her tasks and was able to go to bed. We daughters remember having newly sewn Easter dresses each year and realized as we grew older that our parents sacrificed much of their own temporal needs for us.
Our Mother was an excellent cook. This talent was shown by the many wonderful meals and treats that she server in her home. Even when Mom physically could not go to the store to get the things she needed, she made sure she had treats on her grocery list, so she could share with her small grandchildren. On holidays, she even mailed special treats to the grandchildren who lived out-of-state.
Some of the other things that Mother enjoyed were: flowers (especially buttercups and cowslips in the mountains and roses), fresh garden fruits and vegetables grown by Dad, family picnics, ice cream, homemade candy, potato salad, hugs and kisses, holidays with her family, and singing as she did her work. In fact when I was young, Mother would sing out in the yard. My friends would say, “Gee your Mother sings all the time.” I felt uncomfortable about it until I talked to Mother. I told Mother what my friends had said and she looked me in the eye and said, “You tell your friends, your mother sings because she is happy.” It was also important to our mother to have just the right birthday card for each family member’s birthday. Mother also felt strongly about actively participating in Church classes.
Mother has a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that she bore often. She had a testimony of tithing, fasting , prayer, priesthood power, and temple work. But most of all she had a testimony of Our Savior Jesus Christ and eternal life. One of her favorite hymns is “I Believe In Christ.”
Mother returned to her Heavenly Father, parents and family on June 6, 1995. We want to thank you Mother for the life, example and the love that you shared with us. It is our prayer that we as a family will live worthy to be united under the sealing powers of the priesthood eternally!!
Note: The following was not included in the funeral but was an experience shared with the siblings… “Our Mother stood up for her children". On Eugene’s first night at work for Del Monte canning beans in Franklin, Idaho, he was wearing work boots. He jumped backward off a platform onto some wooden crates and thought he had just sprained his ankle, but came home from work in a lot of pain in his leg and ankle. Mother called the nurse in charge the night of the accident the following day and reported the accident. The nurse told mother she thought it was just a sprain. Mother replied, "If he were my son, I would have it x-rayed." The nurse replied "He is your son, isn't he?" to which mother replied, "yes!" The nurse then gave permission for Dr. Edwin Budge to x-ray Eugene’s leg in which they found a cracked tibia and a sprained ankle. They put it in cast until it was healed. Eugene had a hard time getting over this accident but was grateful to a loving Mother who stood up for him and got him the medical care he needed.”