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seashmore posted a topic in LDS Gospel DiscussionWhen do you turn in your tithing? With each paycheck? Once a month? Something else? I'm really struggling to figure out the logistics of it for me. I get paid from one job every other Thursday, and the second job pays me the following Tuesday. Would it be silly to pay every week? (One job is only one day a week, so the amounts would be rather different.) Or would it make more sense to pay the first Sunday of the month? That's how I used to do it when I was working three jobs, before the days of direct deposit. I got paid every other Friday, every other Tuesday, and the 1st &15th. It just made sense to save my pay stubs, do the math, and pay it with a fast offering.
fast offerings I stole from a Mormon
bytebear posted a topic in LDS Gospel Discussionhttp://www.chattanoogan.com/2016/8/9/329588/Eric-Youngblood-I-Stole-From-A-Mormon.aspx I found this article today. It's a good read, and a good reminder on the purpose of tithes (beyond just funding church programs). I also found the stats on fast offerings interesting, since they are never reported when articles talk about the church's welfare and humanitarian programs.
Reece posted a topic in LDS Gospel DiscussionI don't intend this to be a church criticism post. Let me be clear: I have a testimony of the gospel. However, there are some things I've always wondered, and have never found an answer that feels exactly right. I'd just like some other perspectives. I grew up with inactive LDS parents who are not sealed in the temple. As a child this really bothered me...with all the talk of forever families I wondered what that meant for mine. The only answers I can get are: "It will all work out in the heavens" or "Its about sealing everyone back to Christ; not who you're gonna be with in heaven" or something close to these explanations. So, what I wonder is; well....if it's not about who we will be with, why does it matter? Why the push for a "forever family"? If it's all gonna be worked out in heaven (I won't be denied blessings because my parents aren't sealed) why is it so important? I have absolute faith that it WILL all be fine because I believe in a loving God, but when there is such a HUGE focus on this, why aren't there more clear answers? I can't believe that a righteous, loving family just won't be together in the after life because they didn't go through a ceremony in a specific building. What about those couples who have circumstances we can't put into our neat little boxes? Such as; a couple who are sealed, but the man dies early and the woman remarries someone who can't be sealed to her because she's already sealed but they have children and live 60 years together? Or my grandmother who out-lived all 3 husbands and loved each of them the same. (And there are dozens of other scenarios). Perhaps this is what the mellenium is for, so I keep my faith that God has a plan I just can't understand in my mortal state. But it seems our idea of what SHOULD be is very idealistic and limited. I often also wonder...what could be done with all the time, effort and money that goes into the temples themselves and then the hours spent working and attending them? Could we not do more good by serving those ALIVE? Even if the symbolic ceremonies need to be done on earth, could we not have less extravagant places to do it?
All righty, so I know that tithing questions must pop up on here quite a lot. I didn't seem to find the answer to my particular question in previous threads, though, so here I am. Here's my situation: I've never paid tithing before. Ever. I'm nearly twenty and I have not even the slightest clue how to fill out those fancy little slips. (Sad, eh?) But anyway, I've been sitting here for a while--looking at bank statements, calling my mom, asking my roommates--trying to figure out exactly what amount I should give. I worked over the summer, so I know to pay my 10% on all of that. I'm not even going to get into the argument of gross income vs. net income right now, though... I just want to pay tithing on the numbers that ended up in my bank account. So here's the thing--I'm back at college with no income, so my dad helps me out by putting a bit of money in my account each month. My dad once told me that people don't necessarily have to pay tithing on money that has already been tithed, and he used the example of him giving me money to illustrate that. Because his money has already been tithed, I can choose whether or not to pay tithing on that money when I receive it. My mom has a different stance, though. She says that one should pay tithing on every increase, including gift money. Both of my parents' philosophies make sense, but I'm afraid that if I go with my dad's idea, I'm technically not a full tithe payer. I don't want to be guilt-tripped into paying tithing on the money that my dad gives to me, though, if it's not something that I need to do. (I hope that doesn't make me sound selfish... I am in college, after all, and a few extra bucks can buy a meal on campus for when I don't have time to go home.) So, I'm just wondering what your personal views on paying tithing are. I'm not asking you to make a decision for me; I just need a bit of guidance from people who know more about it than I do.
Sharing your substance vs tithing
ruthiechan posted a topic in General DiscussionThe other thread prompted this post. If someone receives cash or a gift card as a gift do you tithe? My answer is no, it was a gift. But if someone were to give me a large sum of money for a need (like a car or a wedding gift) I may feel inclined to donate to some other church fund, especially if the gift was a particularly sizeable one. Does a person only ever receive gifts? If my mother gives me a gift for my birthday I wouldn't pay tithing on it, but when it's her birthday I would give her a gift as well. We are to share our substance but sharing is not the same as tithing and that's where I think people are getting all mixed up. When I was in need I was given much from the church, especially in the way of baby things. If I had been required to pay a "tithe" on all the things I received after having my daughter I wouldn't have been able to make rent! Now however, when the opportunity arises, and it does, I'll give to someone else need. I don't think it's about tithing. I think it's more synergistic than that. I believe it's more about seeing a need and fulfilling that need. Everyone is working hard yet everyone is constantly giving and receiving. Of course, this is not to say that one should not pay tithing. Tithing is important and fulfills the needs of the church as a whole. I have a testimony of the importance of tithing and the blessings one receives from obeying that commandment.
Probation period for not tithing?
maiku posted a topic in Advice BoardHi all, I had a long conversation yesterday with another family in my branch, some really good friends of mine. I'll paraphrase the crux of what was said to see what you all might have to say: They went in to see the Branch Pres. to renew their temple recommend the other day and as the interview went on, tithing came up. They admitted to me that in 2011 they missed a few "payments" on tithing due to some emergency circumstances, and that's what they told the BP as well. The BP answers with this: "pay your tithing up to date, including everything that you missed in 2011, then continue paying your tithing in in SIX months, come back and we'll have this interview again". They as well as I know that you've got to pay a full tithe to get the recommend. The BP not renewing the recommend for that was a good thing, a good lesson for the husband since (according to him) he's always had a problem giving the full 10%. All that aside, I'm seeing two issues here: 1) Why is it required for him to pay 2011 if that year is already done and he declared himself a partial payer in settlement? 2) Why should he have to wait six months? I don't consider this to be an addiction issue like WoW or pornography where a waiting period is needed to aid repentance and overcome addiction. He isn't addicted to paying partial tithes. I told him to be up to date THIS year and talk to the BP again, express his testimony on tithing and his desire to go to the temple, and repent. What do you all say?
Tithing HSA Question
cwhead321 posted a topic in General DiscussionI have a question and since it relates to tithing, I know the generic answer would be, "study it over in your mind for yourself and make a decision". However, I am really having a hard time deciding and would like some input from other members. At my new job, my work provides a Health Savings Account (HSA) which they fund completely. These funds are mine to use for health-related expenses since the deductible is very high ($5000) they fund this HSA with $6000 per year. These funds are mine even if I leave the company. Should I pay tithing on this $6000? I don't pay tithing on the amount my company pays for my health insurance premiums (I don't even know how much that is). I have gone back and forth on this many times here are some the arguments on both sides: For PAYING tithing on the HSA: -When in doubt live the higher law. -This could be considered part of my "increase" since it's a type of compensation my employer gives me. For NOT paying tithing on the HSA: -It's similar to funds that my employer pays for my health insurance on my behalf which I don't tithe. -The funds are restricted to purchasing medical expenses only and therefore aren't like the rest of my paycheck. -If my work had a low-deductible plan, they wouldn't be paying into an HSA for me. I'm sure there are other things I'm not considering and that's one of the reasons I wanted to solicit feedback. I just want to make the right decision and feel confident when I tell Bishop I'm a full-tithe payer at settlement. So let me know what you would do--and more importantly, WHY you would do it.
Paying Tithing Online
Aragon posted a topic in Advice BoardI have been told that you can pay tithing online directly to the Church. Does anyone know how to do this? My issue is that I am currently in the military stationed in Spain. My local branch only takes tithing payment in Euros. Any help or links to more information would be great. I already did a search on google and found a suggestion on how to do it but all the links that were provided no longer work.
Question about tithing...
larosahugo posted a topic in Introduce YourselfHi, my name is Hugo, and I have just registered in lds.net. So I'm learning my way into being active in this site. Thank you. In case you know any answers, my question is: Should people on Social Security benefits alone pay tithing? Thanks for your answers, I look forward to read them. Sincerely, Hugo
a question about tithing
Guest posted a topic in LDS Gospel DiscussionI know that tithing is 10% of your income. I asked my bishop what getting money as a gift, pre-paid store gift cards and food stamp income. His comment was the 10% is what is asked from the church. The rest is up to me and the Lord. What all do you guys do when you figure out about paying tithing?
I am new to this site
debi56 posted a topic in Introduce YourselfI am new here. I am a member and a mother of 8 children and 4 grandchildren. My husband is non-member and so I find that I am almost in search of answers on how to be a good Mormon woman with a good Baptist husband. I hope I will find those answers here.