Written by Chloe W. Monk
In 1932, Tom and I moved our family to Spanish Fork, Utah, from Cowley, Wyoming. It was so cold the fruit we had bottled froze and popped the lids off.
When we got to Spanish Fork, we rented Nora Cooper’s two‐room house. In 1933, the Utah Emergency Relief Association, known as the UERA, gave us $3.50 a week in script for food. We had no money so we paid our rent, which was $8.00 a month, with groceries. This left us with $6.00 a month to feed the six of us. The next summer we moved into Gower Simmons’ three‐bedroom basement apartment. Those were very hard years for us. There was no work and not much to live on.
As a little girl, I was taught to always pay an honest tithing. Each week as we received our $3.50, I would write down the amount we owed for tithing with the promise in my heart to the Lord that as soon as we got the money, I would pay it to the bishop.
That fall, we received a small bonus check from the sugar company at Lovell, Wyoming. It sure looked good to us because there were so many things we needed. Jones especially needed shoes. When I figured the tithing, it came to the exact amount of the check.
Tom and I discussed all day what we should do. We were tempted to pay part of the tithing and get shoes for Jones, but each time we decided to do it, I felt awful because I knew I had promised to pay the tithing. Tom was never taught the Law of Tithing in his home and it caused a lot of arguments and tears.
I finally won out and we sent the check to the bishop which made me feel better. I told Jones he’d get his shoes somehow. I knew the Lord would take care of us if we did the things He asked us to do.
A few days later, Tom began working for William Cornaby. This was the first work he had in a very long time. We were then able to get the shoes for Jones, and some food too.
The Lord meant it when He said, “I the Lord am bound when ye do what I say, but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise” and “I will pour out a blessing you cannot contain.”
Note: In 1932, the Monk family consisted of two parents and four children ranging in age from fourteen to three.
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have moved 64 times and have not tired of experiencing this beautiful earth! I love the people, languages, histories/anthropologies, & especially religious cultures of the world. My life long passion is the study & searching out of religious symbolism, specifically related to ancient & modern temples. My husband Anthony and I love our bulldog Stig, adventures, traveling, movies, motorcycling, and time with friends and family.