Welcome! We’re Phillip and Tiffany, a married couple who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We also have the blog The Crazy Shopping Cart.
After starting our other blog, we realized quickly that saving money is more than just using coupons and making budgets. It’s an entire lifestyle where you try to be a wise steward of your money. The more we studied the parable of the wise steward (also known as the parable of the talents and is written at the bottom of this post), the more we wanted to share these everlasting gospel truths and principles with others.
Where “Saving Talents” comes from
Each of the words in “saving talents” has two different meanings.
Saving – the act or instance of economizing; protecting from depletion or destruction
Saving – preservation from spiritual danger or destruction (specifically referring to the Atonement of Jesus Christ saving us from the Fall, death, and hell)
Talents – a unit of weight that measures 75 lbs. 75 lbs of gold today would be worth about $1,116,000 today.
Talents – special often athletic, creative, or artistic aptitudes; mental or spiritual attainment of gifts
Four meanings of Saving Talents:
Because each word has two meanings, when you combine them together, you end up with four different purposes of saving talents:
- Putting money aside; frugal living.
- Using money in a way to help us towards our salvation. Being wise stewards, helping the less fortunate.
- Using and developing the attributes and gifts we naturally have so that we do not lose them; (eg., continuing to practice the piano so that our skills are protected and do not deplete from lack of use)
- Gaining and using gifts (physical, mental, and spiritual) to help work out our own salvation and that of others.
The Parable of the Talents: Matthew 25:14-30
For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.