Tithing

“Let us here observe that a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation; for, from the first existence of man, the faith necessary unto the enjoyment of life and salvation never could be obtained without the sacrifice of all earthly things”

Joseph Smith  |  Joseph Smith, Lectures on Faith, 6:7

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“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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“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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“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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There has been laid upon the Church a tremendous responsibility. Tithing is the source of income for the Church to carry forward its mandated activities. The need is always greater than the availability. God help us to be faithful in observing this great principle which comes from him with his marvelous promise.

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

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We never felt that it was a sacrifice to pay our tithing. We felt it was an obligation, that even as small children we were doing our duty as the Lord had outlined that duty, and that we were assisting his church in the great work it had to accomplish.

Gordon B. Hinckley  |  The Sacred Law of Tithing

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By this principle it shall be known who is for the kingdom of God and who is against it. … By it shall be known whether we are faithful or unfaithful.

Joseph Fielding Smith  |  Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. (1939), 225.

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