Relief Society teacher Eunice Black, remembered a speaker who set out 10 apples on the podium to represent his monthly income. He “paid” one apple for food, two apples for rent, and so on until only one apple remained—a tithing apple. Then he asked the bishop to come and stand next to him. He explained that he hoped the Lord would understand that he still had many bills to pay and that he could pay only part of his tithing this month. Then the speaker took a big bite out of the apple and handed the bishop the partially eaten fruit. It made a powerful impression on Sister Black, who determined to pay tithing first, then budget the remainder of her money.
Object Lessons That Motivate by Jon Robert Howe, Ensign Magazine, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Oct. 1997, Page 70