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How does the Church finance its operations?

Official Answer

Gordon B. Hinckley, prior President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said: “Our major source of revenue is the ancient law of the tithe. Our people are expected to pay 10 percent of their income to move forward the work of the Church. The remarkable and wonderful thing is that they do it. Tithing is not so much a matter of dollars as it is a matter of faith. It becomes a privilege and an opportunity, not a burden. Our people believe in the word of God as set forth in the book of Malachi, that the Lord will open the windows of heaven and pour down blessings that there will not be room enough to receive them (Malachi 3:8-10). Moving and touching is the testimony of Latter-day Saints throughout the world concerning this, the Lord’s law for the financing of His work.”

  • Most of the Church operations are financed through tithing funds, which are donated from all the members of the Church, although there are many other opportunities to donate to specific functions, such as education, missionary work, printing of copies of the Book of Mormon, and welfare services. Show more

  • The Church finances its operations primarily through voluntary donations from its members, generally referred to as Tithing. The Lord commanded his people in the Old Testament to bring their tithes to his servants. Many Church members today voluntarily donate a portion of their income help the Church bless the lives of millions of individuals through providing meetinghouses for worship, schools for education, supplies for humanitarian aid, food and housing assistance to the poor, etc. In addition, the Church owns and operates taxable for-profit business enterprises that generate income to help fund Church initiatives. The Church invests a portion of its gross receipts to maintain a financial reserve, and income from these investments provide an additional source of funds.  Show more

  • We have been blessed with the law of tithing! We are promised that the windows of heaven will be opened and there will not be room enough to receive the blessings the Lord has for us if we will live this law. (See Malachi in the Old Testament) I have seen and experienced the blessings of the Lord as I have faithfully given back 10% of my income to the Lord. All things are His. We are also encouraged to fast...or go without food...for a 24 hour period once a month and donate the money we would have used for our meals to those who do not have food or clothing or the necessities of life. We have the opportunity to donate to a Humanitarian Fund that has blessed the world. We were there in Haiti, Chile, Polynesia, Africa, Asia...wherever disaster strikes. We believe that as we contribute and help those in need we are doing what the Lord would do. Show more

  • Members pay a tithe of 10 percent. Show more

  • The Church is moved forward by putting in practice the ancient law of tithing. The commandment of the tithe is to give 10% of one's total income as a tithe offering. When the church was restored the true law of the tithe was restored with it. This commandment is several thousand years old and was established to strengthen the faith of and bless the Lord's children here in the earth and to move forward the Lord's work. When put into practice it functions perfectly and the blessings are promised to all members of the Lord's church who faithfully live it. The commitment to pay tithing is between the individual and the Lord and no one else. When someone gains a testimony of the law of tithing by living it, it is no longer a burden or requirement. The law of tithing becomes a privelege for those who understand the meaning of it and live it. (Malachi 3:8-10) Show more

  • While the Church has a few business interests that generate revenue the lion share of the finances are handled using funds generated by the faithfulness of the members in their tithes & offerings. A tithe is just what the word indicates: "a tenth". Faithful & obedient (it is a commandment) members give 1/10th of their interest (what they gain) as a tithe to the Church each year. Members account to their local leader (Bishop) each year concerning this in "tithing settlement". In earlier times tithing was paid with commodities or money. Now almost all give money. My wife and I tithe 10% on our gross income. There are many blessings that come from obeying this commandment. Tithing funds are dispersed in a very strict & disciplined manner (& only for certain things) by the "Council on the Disposition of the Tithes" this council is composed of the First Presidency (3), the Council of the Twelve Apostles (12), & the Presiding Bishopric (3). No one else has the authority to designate where this ongoing and considerable stream of revenue goes. Show more

  • Through tithing, income from it's businesses like Deseret Books, and interest income from it's investments like it does with the Perpetual Education Fund. Show more

  • The Church finances its operations through responsible use of the tithes donated by Church members such as myself. I am grateful for the law of the tithe and the great blessings my family has received by following it. Show more

  • All members are required to pay their tithing if they would like to be counted as worthy to enter His temples. Tithing is 10 of one's income. The Church finances its operations through tithing funds. Because our jobs/callings are done for free, we are able to put all of our money towards building new church buildings, new temples, sending missionaries to their various destinations, humanitarian aid, etc. Everything is purchased with cash. Show more

  • The church finances its operations through the tithing of the members of the church. Theses members are those that keep the law of thithing wich is to donate 1 out of 10 of your income to the Lords work. The lord has promised to bless all those that obey his commandments and keeping the law of tithing one of those commandments. Show more

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