When Jesus was eight years old, Joseph, the father of Jesus, died.  At the time, the family financial situation was very sound and good.  However, when Joseph died, the financial situation started to deteriorate and, eventually, it got pretty bad.]

The improved economic condition of the Nazareth family was reflected in many ways about the home and especially in the increased number of smooth white boards which were used as writing slates, the writing being done with charcoal. Jesus was also permitted to resume his music lessons; HE WAS VERY FOND OF PLAYING THE HARP.  126:1.6

As the years passed, this young carpenter of Nazareth increasingly measured every institution of society and every usage of religion by the unvarying test: What does it do for the human soul? does it bring God to man? does it bring man to God? While this youth did not wholly neglect the recreational and social aspects of life, more and more he devoted his time and energies to just two purposes: THE CARE OF HIS FAMILY and the preparation to do his Father’s heavenly will on earth.  126:2.5

This year it became the custom for the neighbors to drop in during the winter evenings to hear Jesus play upon the HARP, to listen to his stories (for THE LAD WAS A MASTER STORYTELLER), and to hear him read from the Greek scriptures.  126:2.6

The economic affairs of the family continued to run fairly smoothly as there was quite a sum of money on hand at the time of Joseph’s death. Jesus early demonstrated the possession of keen business judgment and financial sagacity. He was liberal but frugal; he was saving but generous. He proved to be a wise and efficient administrator of his father’s estate.  126:2.7

But in spite of all that Jesus and the Nazareth neighbors could do to bring cheer into the home, Mary, and even the children, were overcast with sadness. Joseph was gone. Joseph was an unusual husband and father, and they all missed him. And it seemed all the more tragic to think that he died before they could speak to him or hear his farewell blessing.  126:2.8

The pay of a common day-laboring carpenter was slowly diminishing. By the end of this year Jesus could earn, by working early and late, only the equivalent of about twenty-five cents a day. By the next year they found it difficult to pay the civil taxes, not to mention the synagogue assessments and the temple tax of one-half shekel. During this year the tax collector tried to squeeze extra revenue out of Jesus, even threatening to take his HARP126:5.5

[When Jesus was nineteen.]
As time passed, Jesus did much to liberalize and modify the family teachings and practices related to Sabbath observance and many other phases of religion, and to all these changes Mary gave hearty assent. By this time Jesus had become the unquestioned head of the house.  127:4.9

This year Jude started to school, and it was necessary for Jesus to SELL HIS HARP in order to defray these expenses. Thus disappeared the last of his recreational pleasures. He much loved to play the harp when tired in mind and weary in body, but he comforted himself with the thought that at least the HARP safe from seizure by the tax collector.  127:4.10