10 things the Church could do if we raised tithing to 11 percent


The Mormon Law of Tithing can seem strange to some. For many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it’s just a fact of life. 10% of all personal income goes into the church tithing fund, often without a second thought.

The Church of Jesus Christ maintains its extensive operations worldwide almost exclusively with that 10%. That includes building and maintaining temples and church meetinghouses, funding humanitarian efforts and offering aid to less-fortunate ward and community members.

So, if all that is possible with just 10%, what could we do with just one more percent from everyone? I’ve cooked up some ridiculously hyperbolic hypotheses. Grab a bag of apricot-flavored popcorn, sit back and enjoy:

1) Rebuild the original Temple of Solomon

Temple of Solomon

2) Have David Archuletta Sing in Sacrament Meeting–Every Week

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3) Find Kolob


4) Pay off the national debt (…okay, no. Not really)

National Debt

5) Rent FedEx airmail fleet, airdrop manna to end starvation

Haiti Earthquake Relief

6) Fund cross-species genetics research and engineer a popcorn/apricot tree hybrid

7) Provide pews pre-stocked with ziploc bags full of Honey Nut Cheerios in every meetinghouse


8) Subsidize my kids’ college tuition. Oh, wait…

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9) Buy the Los Angeles Clippers from Donald Sterling, trade for a high pick and draft Jabari Parker


10) Give the Relief Society a real budget, EAT ALL THE REFRESHMENTS

Eat all the things!

Seth has been an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since the age of eight. In his youth he tried to kill his poor parents by deliberately involving himself in more extracurricular activities than either of them had time or mortal energy to drive him to. Luckily for him, his parents are superhuman. Seth played soccer, hockey and any other team sport that involved arms, legs and fast-moving rubber spheroids, wrote short stories, poetry and music, and was far too involved in his High School's drama and mock trial programs for his social life's own good. Ice hockey stuck. So did writing. Seth doesn't know everything--but he knows that God and Jesus Christ live, that They love us, and that They always keep Their promises.