Tithes and Offerings
Mormons give 10% of their increase to the church, which we believe is a commandment from God. Whether you pay on your gross or net income is up to the individual and between them and Heavenly Father. At the end of the year, we meet with our bishop and he asks if we are full tithe payers.
Whether you or poor or rich, we still believe a person can manage to give 10% and that they will be blessed for it. It is a matter of faith, such as in the story of the Widow’s Mite.
We are supposed to give willingly and believe that tithing should be paid first before we pay for our food and shelter, because we believe that money belongs to the Lord. In Malachi 3:8 it says:
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
The Apostle Paul said:
“Let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
According to our Gospel Principles Manual, tithing is used for the following:
- 1. Build, maintain, and operate temples, meetinghouses, and other buildings.
- 2. Provide operating funds for stakes, wards, and other units of the Church. (These units use the funds to carry out the ecclesiastical programs of the Church, which include teaching the gospel and recreation and social activities.)
- 3. Help the missionary program.
- 4. Educate young people in Church schools, seminaries, and institutes.
- 5. Print and distribute lesson materials.
- 6. Help in family history and temple work.
The Lord has given us this promise:
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith … 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” (Malachi 3:10).
It is a sacrifice to pay tithing, but a joy to know that we are helping with the Lord’s work and we believe we can’t afford to go without the blessings it brings.