concerning the widow's mite and our own personal offerings (Talmage)

In the accounts kept by recording angels, figured according to the arithmetic of Heaven, entries are made in terms of quality rather than quantity, and values are determined on the basis of capability and intent.  The rich [in the story of the widow's mite, see Mark 12:41-44] gave much yet kept back more; the widow's gift was her all.  It was not the smallness of her offering that made it especially acceptable, but the spirit of sacrifice and devout intent with which she gave.  On the books of heavenly accountants, that widow's contribution was entered as a munificent gift, surpassing in worth the largess of kings.


James E. Talmage, Jesus The Christ pp. 561-62

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