You may have heard that Mormons donate 10% of their income to the Church.  Why?

mormon-titheTithing is a Biblical commandment.  For example, Malachi 3:10 reads:

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.

To many people, giving up 10% of your income sounds like a tremendous sacrifice.  While it is a sacrifice, it’s important to remember that the Lord has blessed us with everything that we have.  Following this commandment and giving back a fraction of it is an important way to show our gratitude.

In many churches, a plate is passed in which donations are placed.  In the Mormon Church, tithing is instead put in an envelope and given privately to the leader of the local congregation.

The tithing donations are used for a variety of purposes within the Church.  For example, tithing is used to help build meetinghouses and temples throughout the world, support missionary work for the Church, sustain Church programs for youth and adults, and to help Church members in other ways.

Mormons are also encouraged to fast for two meals each month and instead donate that money to the Church; these donations are known as “fast offerings.”  These donations are used to help those in need.  For example, if a family in the Church is unable to pay their bills, they can receive support from the Church in order to make ends meet.  In addition, the Church donates millions of dollars each year to major humanitarian efforts and is often among the first on the scene of natural disasters to help.

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