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What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

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The principle of tithing, or voluntarily giving one tenth of one’s income to God’s work, has been known since Old Testament times. Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek (Genesis 14:17-20).

The law of tithing is how the Lord funds His Church. Today all faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contribute one tenth of their income as tithing. Tithing funds are used for:

  • Constructing temples, chapels, and other buildings.
  • Providing operating funds for the Church.
  • Funding the missionary program (This does not include individual missionary expenses.)
  • Preparing materials used in Church classes and organizations.
  • Temple work, family history, and many other important Church functions.
  • Education.

When the Lord reminded His people of this law through the prophet Malachi in the Old Testament, He promised to bless those who were willing to pay an honest tithe (Malachi 3:10).

  • Tithing, is used to construct and maintain Church buildings, funding for the Missionary program (not sponsoring Missionaries), producing Church literature, things like that. One of my favorite things about the tithing program, is that any tithing paid immediately goes straight to the top. The local leadership and ministry have no input on how tithing is used, and they are not paid by the Church. Show more

  • The money we give for tithing is used to help build the churches and temples we meet in. It's also helps support members of the church who are going through difficult times to provide for their families. Show more

  • It goes to a lot of places. In my opinion the most important is to building temples. There are a lot of people all over the world who have to save for years and years and years and if they're lucky they might be able to go to a temple. Tithing goes to building new temples in these areas so that people in every corner of the earth have a chance to serve in them. It also goes to helping missionaries who can't afford missions be able to pay for their missions. It is through tithing that seminaries and church colleges are funded so that tuition fees aren't ridiculous. It goes to whatever the Lord needs for His Kingdom to operate. Show more

  • The principle of tithing, or voluntarily giving one tenth of one’s income to God’s work, has been known since Old Testament times. Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek (Genesis 14:17-20). The law of tithing is how the Lord funds His Church. Today all faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contribute one tenth of their income as tithing. Tithing funds are used for: ■Constructing temples, chapels, and other buildings. ■Providing operating funds for the Church. ■Funding the missionary program (This does not include individual missionary expenses.) ■Preparing materials used in Church classes and organizations. ■Temple work, family history, and many other important Church functions. ■Education. When the Lord reminded His people of this law through the prophet Malachi in the Old Testament, He promised to bless those who were willing to pay an honest tithe (Malachi 3:10). Show more

  • With the money that members pay for tithing many things are done. Temples are built, maintained clean and kept lit. They also help many missionaries. Money is also used to supply members with needed manuals, I bare testimony that when your tithing is paid honorably, Our Heavenly Father provides more blessings for your household. Show more

  • The tithing is used to build temples, chapels, and other church buildings around the world. It is used to fund the missionaries that teach the Gospel all around the world. It is used to help with education for those who are attaining an education. It is used for temple work, family history work, and many other important church functions. I have a testimony of paying your tithing each time you get a paycheck. While in college, I was very low in money one semester and was not sure how I was going to make it. I had quit my job because I felt I needed to focus on the calling in my ward at had at the time in church. I continued to pay my tithing with the little money I received from my last pay check. Not long after this, I was issued a parking ticket for parking in an area that I didn't realize was not permitted. It was $10.00, and I didn't have the money to pay it. I was not sure what I was going to do. The next day, I was sent a card in the mail from my aunt. Inside the card was exactly $10.00. I was able to pay the ticket and the rest of the semester, things continued to work out for me financially. I know it was the hand of the Lord watching over me and blessing me as I was faithful in paying my tithing. Show more

  • We give 10% of our income to help pay for the construction and maintenance of churches, temples and other church buildings / projects. I have always found it a blessing to give 10% first, then pay for my other expenses after that. Show more

  • Temples are built, Books of Mormon and lesson materials are printed, church buildings are maintained...all kinds of necessary things to keep the church going. None of our tithes are given to our ministers--they serve in the church voluntarily as well as having regular jobs. Show more

  • Tithing is paid in faith. I know these funds will not be misused. I pay tithing because it is a commandment, and because I love God and want to give Him back a small porion of what He has given me, to futher build up His church. These funds go to build and maintain church buildings and temples and other like expenses. Our clergy is not paid. There is no collection plate. We simply pay our tithing, our fast offerings, we share what we have gladly. This is God's way. For this is God's church.  Show more

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