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Mormon Tithing

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Mormon Tithing
The word tithe literally means a tenth part, most often in relation to a tenth part given to God. Just as tithing is commanded in the Bible; Abraham and Jacob as well as other ancient prophets paid tithes, (see Leviticus 27:32), the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes erroneously called the Mormon Church, also pay tithing of ten percent of their yearly income. Tithing is the main form of Mormon donations and are mainly used to the support the functions of the LDS Church. Other Mormon donations provide mostly for Mormon charity.

In a revelation given through Joseph Smith, the first prophet of the Mormon Church, the Lord taught how to properly give tithes.

"And after that, those who have thus been tithed shall pay one-tenth of all their interest annually; and this shall be a standing law unto them forever, for my holy priesthood, saith the Lord" (see Doctrine and Covenants, Section 119).

Mormon tithing is seen as giving only a small part back of what is already God's. All that a person has is really the Lord’s; so giving a tenth part back is really not too much for the Lord to ask. Paying Mormon tithing with the right attitude is also a way that people can show their love for God and all that He has given them. Most members of the LDS Church who pay a full Mormon tithing do so first before they pay any other bills, symbolizing that the first ten percent belongs to the Lord.

It is shown in several scriptures that blessings from the payment of tithing are both temporal and spiritual, and failure to pay an honest tithe is a form of robbery (see Malachi 3:8-12; Doctrine and Covenants 64: 23-25; 85:3,) In Malachi 3:10 it says,

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."

In this verse it is obvious that the Lord promises blessings to those who willingly pay an honest tithe.

"President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., a Mormon General Authority, said over and over again that the Lord would never let one of his Saints who had been faithful in the payment of tithes and offerings go without the necessities of life." (See Marion G. Romney, “The Blessings of an Honest Tithe,” New Era, Jan.–Feb. 1982, 45.)

Members who faithfully pay tithing are promised spiritual blessings as well.

"I think it is not well known in the Church that payment of tithing has very little to do with money. Tithing has to do with faith"(A. Theodore Tuttle, in Conference Report, Apr. 1970, 86).
"Obedience to the law of tithing … brings a deep, inward joy … that can be won in no other way. … The principles of truth become clearer. … Prayer becomes easier. … The spiritual sense is sharpened [and] … man becomes more like his Father in Heaven."
Elder John A. Widstoe as cited in, "The Best Investment", April 2008 General Conference.

Mormon tithing is used to help maintain and build up the Church. After it is given to the bishop, the congregation leader, it is sent to the Church headquarters. Then it is combined with other tithes and distributed to pay for building and maintaining Mormon Temples, meetinghouses, and other Church property. Mormon donations are also used to pay for printing books, and other materials that are used to teach the gospel. Some of it is also used to help support missionaries and family history work.

Mormon charity continues with other Mormon donations used for humanitarian aid, Mormon church welfare, and [[Perpetual Education Fund|Mormon charitable efforts in educating its poorer members].

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