Mormon Prophets Tithing
Tithing: A Privilege (by Elder Ronald E. Poelman of the Seventy)
During the April Conference of 1998, Elder Ronald E. Poelman of the Seventy spoke about the importance of paying an honest tithing. The principle of tithing is firmly rooted in Mormonism. Whether it be a few pennies or millions of dollars, members of the Mormon Church are commanded to pay an honest tithe of 10% of their income. Himself a young child during the Great Depression, Elder Poelman recalls how even though his father was unemployed and his family nearly destitute, his mother knelt in prayer and thanked God for the privilege of paying tithing. While the principle of tithing requires faith and sacrifice, the Lord has promised that if we obey, He will open the windows of heaven to bless us. These blessings can include peace of mind, increased faith, inspiration, and a desire to live more completely all of God’s commandments. (Read the Article).
In the General Conference of the Mormon Church held April 2005, Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the Seventy spoke about the principle of tithing. Because it requires putting God before our own selfish desires, genuine sacrifice has been a hallmark of the faithful from the beginning. While some may believe that at a certain level, a person becomes too poor to be expected to pay tithing, the Lord has taught otherwise. Whether it be the widow who throws in her last mite, or the one who, facing starvation, chooses to feed a prophet before herself, God expects even the poorest of the poor to sacrifice. By so doing, however, God has promised that he will always bless the obedient, after the trial of their faith. In Mormon belief, one cannot afford to not pay tithing. (Read the Article)