Tithes and Offerings

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    • What should I fast for?

      “You can fast for many purposes. Fasting is one way of worshiping God and expressing gratitude to Him (see Luke 2:37; Alma 45:1). You can fast as you ask Heavenly Father to bless the sick or afflicted (see Matthew 17:14–21). Fasting may help you and those you love receive personal revelation and become converted to the truth (see Alma 5:46; 6:6). Through fasting you can gain strength to resist temptation (see Isaiah 58:6). You can fast as you strive to humble yourself before God and exercise faith in Jesus Christ (see Omni 1:26; Helaman 3:35). You may fast to receive guidance in sharing the gospel and magnifying Church callings (see Acts 13:2–3; Alma 17:3, 9; 3 Nephi 27:1–2). Fasting may accompany righteous sorrow or mourning (see Alma 28:4–6; 30:1–2)” (True to the Faith, 67).

    • What is tithing?

      “To pay a full tithe, you give one-tenth of your income to the Lord through His Church” (True to the Faith, 181).

    • How much should I pay in fast offerings?

      “Proper observance of fast Sunday includes going without food and drink for two consecutive meals, attending fast and testimony meeting, and giving a fast offering to help care for those in need.

      “Your fast offering should be at least the value of the two meals you do not eat. When possible, be generous and give much more than this amount” (True to the Faith, 67–68).

    • Why should I pay tithing?

      “The law of tithing requires sacrifice, but your obedience to the law brings blessings that are far greater than anything you ever give up. The prophet Malachi taught:

      “‘Bring ye all 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 the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it’ (Malachi 3:10).

      “These blessings come to all who pay a full ten percent of their income, even if that amount is very small. As you obey this law, the Lord will bless you both spiritually and temporally” (True to the Faith, 181).

    • Why should I fast?

      “Fasting combined with sincere prayer can help you prepare yourself and others to receive God’s blessings. On one occasion, the Savior cast a devil out from a child and used this experience to teach His disciples about the power of prayer and fasting. His disciples asked Him, ‘Why could not we cast him out?’ Jesus answered: ‘Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.’ (See Matthew 17:14–21.)

      “This account teaches that prayer and fasting can give added strength to those giving and receiving priesthood blessings. The account can also be applied to your personal efforts to live the gospel. If you have a weakness or sin that you have struggled to overcome, you may need to fast and pray in order to receive the help or forgiveness you desire. Like the demon that Christ cast out, your difficulty may be the kind that will go out only through prayer and fasting” (True to the Faith, 66–67).

    • What does it mean to fast?

      “To fast is to go without food and drink voluntarily for a certain period of time” (True to the Faith, 66).

    • What should I do if I’m having a hard time paying tithing?

      “Your attitude is important in paying tithing. Pay it because you love the Lord and have faith in Him. Pay it willingly with a thankful heart. Pay it first, even when you think you do not have enough money to meet your other needs. Doing so will help you develop greater faith, overcome selfishness, and be more receptive to the Spirit” (For the Strength of Youth, 38).

      “If you have not yet established a pattern of consistent tithe paying, you may have difficulty believing that you can afford to give up one-tenth of your income. But faithful tithe payers learn that they cannot afford not to pay tithing. In a very literal and wonderful way, the windows of heaven are opened and blessings are poured out upon them.

      “Remember that paying tithing is not as much a matter of money as it is a matter of faith. Trust in the Lord. He gave the commandment for our benefit, and He made the accompanying promise. Seek strength in the faith of Nephi, who said, ‘Let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord; for behold he is mightier than all the earth’ (1 Nephi 4:1)” (True to the Faith, 181–82).

    • What does a proper fast include?

      “A proper fast day observance includes not eating or drinking for two consecutive meals and giving a generous fast offering to help care for those in need. Fast with a purpose. Begin and end your fast with prayer, expressing gratitude and asking for help with special needs you or others may have. Fasting will strengthen your self-discipline, fortify you against temptations, and bring the Lord’s blessings into your life” (For the Strength of Youth, 39).

    • What should I do if I am struggling to fast?

      “In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught the true form of fasting. He spoke against hypocrites who, when they fast, ‘disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast.’ Rather than putting on an outward show of righteousness, you should fast ‘unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly’ (Matthew 6:16–18).

      “The prophet Isaiah also taught of the true spirit of the fast: ‘Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?’ (Isaiah 58:6–7).

      “Isaiah also testified of the blessings that come when we obey the law of the fast: ‘Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward. Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. . . . If thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday: and the Lord shall guide thee continually’ . . . (Isaiah 58:8–11)” (True to the Faith, 68).

    • What happens to the tithing I pay?

      “You submit your tithing to a member of your bishopric or branch presidency. Local leaders transmit tithing funds directly to the headquarters of the Church, where a council determines specific ways to use the sacred funds. This council is comprised of the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and the Presiding Bishopric. Acting according to revelation, they make decisions as they are directed by the Lord. (See D&C 120:1.)

      “Tithing funds are always used for the Lord’s purposes—to build and maintain temples and meetinghouses, to sustain missionary work, and to carry on the work of the Church throughout the world” (True to the Faith, 181).