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May 5th 2007

Tithing

This article was recently submitted to all-encompassingly for publication. It is one of a series of informational posts intended to address widely-held misconceptions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. –Admin

Tithing is one tenth of a person’s income that is given to God. Tithing was a commandment given to the ancient prophets in the Bible. Leviticus 27:32 states, “And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.” Just as the ancient prophets were asked to pay tithes, members of the Mormon Church consider paying tithing a commandment.

Through a revelation given to Joseph Smith, members of the Church learn how to 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.” Paying tithing is considered giving only a small part of what is already Heavenly Father’s.

Doctrines of the Mormon Church teach that blessings come from paying tithing. These blessings are both physical and spiritual. Malachi 3:10 states, “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.” “President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., a modern prophet, 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.” Spiritual blessings that come from paying tithing are also promised, such as an increase in faith, and a promise to be saved during the destruction of the earth in the last days.

Tithing is used to help maintain and build up the Church. It is used for such things as building and maintaining temples, meetinghouses, and other Church property, printing books, supporting Mormon missionaries and family history work. Members of the Mormon Church are deeply dedicated to the principle of tithing and the payment of a full tithe is often used as a way to determine worthiness for certain ordinances within the Church.

Other Links:
Beliefs of Mormonism
LDS Church
Understanding Mormonism

1 Doctrine and Covenants Section 119
2 Marion G. Romney, “The Blessings of an Honest Tithe,” New Era, Jan.–Feb. 1982, 45

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