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What is tithing?

I have been so extremely privileged to be able to write up Mormon Monday posts. I'll be honest. It wasn't until I stopped doing them that I got all the comments and emails. I'm pretty sure I have Mormon Monday questions to answer for at least a good few months. Keep em coming! 

Q: "I hear that Mormons pay tithing yet your church is a non-profit organization? I'm not a very religions person so I do not understand the complete concept of tithing. Can you explain that?"

I love this question. Tithing is something I'm extremely passionate and solid about. I have a very strong testimony about it. In our church, we have commandments. We have been commanded to donate 10% of our income to the church. Many people cringe at the thought of sacrificing 10% of their earnings. I look at it like this,"Everything here is the Lord's that he has given us. If all we have to sacrifice is 10%, I think that's pretty darn good." The MAJOR source of revenue for our church is tithing. The money goes toward work to move forward in the church. Here's the wonderful thing. Tithing isn't necessarily so much a matter of dollars as it is a matter of faith. It becomes a privilege and an opportunity, not a burden.

Though paying a full tithe is a blessing in its own, it also helps individuals in sticky situations, emergency preparedness, the temples to be built, and so much more. 

It's interesting, really. Growing up, I never saw the big deal with paying 10% of my earnings. Though it has gotten hard through the past few months (I mean, we're still considered newlyweds and can be poor sometimes), I can honestly say with my full heart that paying a full tithe has blessed me beyond compare. The Lord sees our righteousness and blesses us with the ability to 'be okay.' After all, if 10% is all we are giving Him, I think we should all be okay with that. Don't you? 

Do YOU have any questions about the LDS church? Feel free to email wenserendipity(at)gmail(dot)com and your question could be anonymously or publicly featured on a future Mormon Monday post! 



9 comments

  1. I think it's one of the best "habits" I've gotten into, and I get blessings that I don't even realize. When we found the house we are buying, we weren't sure how we were going to make our down payment that quickly because we had to pay taxes, insurance and possibly tuition that same month. We hadn't planned on finding the perfect home in the perfect area and for the perfect price that quickly because we'd been looking off and on for years with no luck. I told my mom the other day, "I don't know where Joe found the money for our down payment, but he did." and she got all worried and said, "You should probably ask him where it came from." I had to rephrase it because it wasn't that I didn't know where it came from, it's just that well.. I have no clue how it all came together like it did. I don't doubt that we are making the right decision of where to move and that we're being blessed for faithfully paying tithing.

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    1. Amberly, thank you SO MUCH for bearing your testimony of tithing. It's amazing how everything just seems to work out, isn't it?

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  2. I remember when I first joined the church and my dad wouldn't let me pay tithing. It was so crazy the difference I noticed in my life when I started paying it in college. It's a cool crazy little thing :) I think you explained it perfectly.

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  3. tithing has blessed my life tremendously especially while in college. If i donate 10% to the Lord my paychecks are literally stretched to cover everything I need...and then some. well said Manda!

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    1. Isn't it so interesting how it all just seems to work out?! I always think it's amazing - because if we're stressing out over bills or something like that, it ALWAYS just works out if we're obedient and pay our tithing.

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  4. It's not just a Mormon thing. Most Christian denominations that I know of encourage tithing 10% also because it is Biblical! I do it, but also look forward to giving more when I can, whether to church, missionaries, or organizations I feel led to giving to! And I totally agree that paying the full tithe has blessed me beyond compare :) The Lord loves to bless his children, especially the obedient and faithful.

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    1. I'm aware that many religions practice the law of tithing. An individual did ask this question and I wanted to explain what our religion in specific believed :) Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. I didn't really have a testimony of tithing until I got married and we had to be responsible for all our bills and such. We have been on a relatively tight budget since the beginning of our marriage but we never gave a second thought about paying tithing. I was always amazed that each month we made ends meet, and sometimes had extra money left over. It has only increased my testimony since we had the baby and have been able to pay for everything he has needed. So many blessings for our family from tithing.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment and your testimony of tithing!

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