Why Do Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Pay Tithing?

Faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints give ten percent of all they earn as a tithe to the Church. They do this because they love God and trust in His promises.

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What is tithing?

Since ancient times, God has asked His children to give one-tenth of all they earn back to Him. This commandment is called the law of tithing. To fulfill this commandment, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints give one-tenth of their income back to God through His Church. The funds are then used to build up the Church and further God’s work throughout the world. God promises immense blessings to those who pay tithing.

A commandment with a promise

In the Old Testament, we read of the blessings of paying tithing: “Bring ye all the tithes…and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, 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). When God gives us a commandment, He promises us blessings for keeping that commandment. Tithing is no exception. Because God loves us, He wants to bless us. When we obey Him,  we receive immeasurable spiritual and temporal blessings.

Demonstrating love and faith

When He was asked which commandment is the most important, Jesus said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). Paying tithing is an opportunity for Church members to show love and gratitude to God. God has given us everything that we have. In return, we can show our love for Him by doing what He asks. It’s a way of putting God first, even when it requires a sacrifice on our part. 

As we obey God’s commandments and rely on the grace of Jesus, we feel the peace and joy that comes from knowing that our lives are acceptable before God and that someday we can live with Him again.

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