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Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

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.”

  • I've had friends, and even family members, outside the Church, who think I am being "fleeced" out of 10% of my income every year. But don't you believe this for a second. Tithing was instituted by God Himself (it's mentioned as far back as the third chapter in the Book of Malachi in the Old Testament), and for a very worthy cause. I have seen, firsthand, what the Lord, through his inspired servants, is able to do with my 10% tithes, together with the tithing of all faithful Church members. These sacred funds bless innumerable lives, and provide the means for meeting-houses and holy temples to be built around the world. And these wonderful edifices are then dedicated to the Lord for the furthering of His work on this earth, and within which, the saving ordinaces of His Gospel are being performed each week across this vast globe. What's more, by paying our tithing, my wife and I are claiming those promised blessings of a loving God toward his faithful children: "...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." Show more

  • Latter Day Saints(Mormons) donate 10% of their income to the church because the Lord has commanded us too! In Proverbs 3:9 it says, "Honour the Lord with substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase." This is talking about tithing, tithing literally means one-tenth, which is 10%. So when the Lord commands us to donate one-tenth of our increase(income) that is what we do. If you look at Malachi 3:8-10 you will see that the Lord is asking for us to give him our tithes (10%) and in return he will open the windows of Heaven and pour out blessings, so many that we won't be able to contain them. Wouldn't you want to receive innumerable blessings for just giving Him 10% of your pay check? It seems like a pretty fair trade to me. Show more

  • God gave us all that we have. While we're here on earth he is in turn asking us to give 10% to further his work, and to help others in their path back to Him. I've never seen tithing as a burden, or a problem. We know that by paying our tithing we are in turn receiving blessings, and I never feel like I don't have enough when I pay my tithing. Show more

  • All thing in the earth is property of God but he gave this to all of us. Now He would only want to give our 10% of our income. This is a small thing. This is the test of faith in Him.. The 10% that we donate to the church will help the poor and needy, building church structures and other things such us church activities that will benefit us. Show more

  • Now being a convert this principle was hard at first. After seeing how the Lord has blessed my life when I pay the full 10 I never dream of not paying it. I seriouly can't afford not to.  Show more

  • We donate a portion of our income in order to help others, to support church programs and build new church buildings. The donation of 10% of our income (tithing) is a principle that has existed since the times of the Old Testament. Show more

  • I like to remember that the Lord isn't asking for 10% but He is giving us 90% and then blessings on top. Giving 10% helps us remember just where all that we have comes from. It helps us develop faith that the Lord will provide for our every need. He wants to bless us but we will be spoilt children if those blessings were unconditional. We pay our tithing and He opens the windows of heaven to bless us. I have had so many blessings from paying tithing that I feel I can't afford not to tithe. He gives us no commandment except it be for our good. The Lord does not need our tithing but we need the blessings. I know all the money that is paid in tithing is treated as sacred and used to benefit all of God's children. Temple building is a brilliant example of how the money is used plus, other church buildings, lesson material, activities and soooooo much more. We always come off the winners and are always debt to our Lord. Show more

  • Donating 10% of my income to the church is called Tithing and it has been funding good deeds around the world for centuries (see Malachi 3:10-12). Even with all the good that is done with tithing money it is still something that is not always easy to pay. Every time I pay a full and honest tithe I know my spirit is in control because the natural man usually has some excuse not to do it. As I continue to pay a full tithing the Lord has blessed me and my family with this knowledge that our spirits can control our natural tendency to be selfish. It feels good knowing that I am helping my fellow brothers and sisters around the world and it feels even better knowing that my Father in Heaven is taking care of my family and me. Show more

  • Mormons are asked to donate 10% of their income to the Church so that they learn to trust in the Lord's promises and to learn to contribute in an equal manner with everyone else towards something bigger than themselves. Tithing has not always been an easy thing to donate. Economic ups and downs have threatened my family several times. Yet, we have always been serious about being square with the Lord regarding this important commandment. As a result I have never felt shy or embarrassed to ask God for needed blessings--and I have never gone hungry, naked, or homeless as a result. Help has always come--often at the very last moment. There have been many things that could be called direct blessings from paying my tithing--whether or not that really is the case I may never know. But, this I know--obedience brings forth the blessings from heaven. Whether it is obedience to the Law of Tithing or any other Law--God is not slack regarding his promises. I still think my understanding of Tithing is under-developed, but it is mature enough to know that no matter how poor I get, I can never afford NOT to pay my tithing. Show more

  • This is nothing new, nor is it exclusive to the Judeo-Christian tradition. Many faiths practice alms or a tithe, including Islam and Sikhism. A voluntary religious contribution of 10% is a tithe or tithing. This type of offering is mentioned many times in the both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. In the book of Genesis, chapter 28 verse 22, the ancient patriarch Jacob covenanted with the Lord, "and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee." Everything we have, our lives, the earth and everything in it, have been given freely to us by a loving Father in Heaven. He asks only a small portion in return to help build his kingdom on the earth. When my husband and I were first married, we decided to make paying a 10% tithe a top financial priority, and it has been a great blessing to us through the years. In Malachi, chapter 3 verse 10 it states, "Bring yea ll 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 thei windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." This has certainly been the case with us. I realize that 10% of one's income can seem like a large sacrifice. However, when the law of the tithe is kept, it serves as a portal through which great blessings (both tangible and intangible) can flow. The Lord always finds a way to bless those who do what He asks them to do. Show more

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