Tithing

Spencer W. Kimball Portrait

“If we like luxuries or necessities more than we like obedience, we will miss the blessings which he would like to give us.”

Spencer W. Kimball

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Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the LDS church

“Pay your tithes and offerings out of honesty and integrity because they are God’s rightful due. Surely one of the most piercing lines in all of scripture is Jehovah’s thundering inquiry, ‘Will a man rob God?’

“Paying tithing is not a token gift we are somehow charitably bestowing upon God. Paying tithing is discharging a debt.”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland  |  "Broken Things to Mend"

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Thomas S. Monson

“The honest payment of tithing provides a person the inner strength and commitment to comply with the other commandments.”

Thomas S. Monson  |  Ensign, November 1996

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Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the LDS church

“Pay your tithing as a declaration that possession of material goods and the accumulation of worldly wealth are not the uppermost goals of your existence…In a society that tells us money is our most important asset, we declare empathically that it is not.”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland  |  "Broken Things to Mend"

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“The basic question is not how much of our money we should give to God, but how much of God’s money we should keep for ourselves.”

Jim George  |  A Husband After God's Own Heart

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“I appeal to the Latter-day Saints to be honest with the Lord and I promise them that peace, prosperity and financial success will attend those who are honest with our Heavenly Father. … When we set our hearts upon the things of this world and fail to be strictly honest with the Lord we do not grow in the light and power and strength of the gospel as we otherwise would do.”

Heber J. Grant  |  Conference Report, Oct. 1929, pp. 4–5

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Some were disposed to do right with their surplus property, and once in a while you would find a man who had a cow which he considered surplus, but generally she was of the class that would kick a person’s hat off, or eyes out, or the wolves had eaten off her teats. You would once in a while find a man who had a horse that he considered surplus, but at the same time he had the ringbone, was broken-winded, spavined in both legs, had the pole evil at one end of the neck and a fistula at the other, and both knees sprung.”

Brigham Young  |  Journal of Discourses, 2:306–7

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“We would not lend a neighbor money with which to run his business without interest. Neither would we expect him to lend us money without paying interest. I found I was using God’s money and the business talents He had given me without paying Him interest. That’s all I’ve done in tithing—just met my interest obligations!”

Anonymous  |  quoted by Ernest L Wilkinson, “The Principle and Practice of Paying Tithing,” Brigham Young University Bulletin, 10 Dec. 1957, pp. 10–11

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Now, do not get me wrong. I am not here to say that if you pay an honest tithing you will realize your dream of a fine house, a Rolls Royce, and a condominium in Hawaii. The Lord will open the windows of heaven according to our need, and not according to our greed. If we are paying tithing to get rich, we are doing it for the wrong reason. The basic purpose for tithing is to provide the Church with the means needed to carry on His work. The blessing to the giver is an ancillary return, and that blessing may not be always in the form of financial or material benefit.

Gordon B. Hinckley  |  Tithing:An Opportunity to Prove Our Faithfulness

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“..tithing isn’t something I do to clear my conscience so I can do whatever I want with the 90 percent–it also belongs to God! I must seek his direction and permission for whatever I do with the full amount. I may discover that God has different ideas than I do.”

Randy Alcorn  |  Money, Possessions and Eternity

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