Monday, December 12, 2011

Package From Altar:The Law of Tithing

What is the Law of Tithing? How does one fulfill it, and why?

Tithing is a commandment from the Lord to give one-tenth of all our increase, which we understand to mean income.

Even Abraham paid tithing, "And it was this same Melchizedek to whom Abraham paid tithes; yea, even our father Abraham paid tithes of one-tenth part of all he possessed." (Alma 13:15)

Blessings from Paying Tithing
When we obey the Law of Tithing we are blessed. Malach 3:30 says, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." When we don't pay tithing we are stealing from God. "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings." (Malachi 3:8)

An important part about obedience to the Law of Tithing is to pay it faithfully. This means that we shouldn't begrudge paying it, such as grumbling in our hearts about "having" to give money. In D&C 120:20-21 it says, "There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated.

And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated." Meaning we receive blessings by obeying God's laws and when we obey God's laws there are blessings that go with it. Remember, blessings can be spiritual, temporal or both but are not always given in the way we expect.

How to Calculate Tithing
Since tithing is one-tenth of our increase, meaning our income, we figure out how much money, either weekly, monthly, etc. and then times that amount by 10%. You can easily do this by dividing any amount by 10. For example take $552 divide it by ten and the amount of tithing would be $55.20. You can also move the "." over one placement to the left. So if you take $233.47 move the "." over one spot to the left and you have 10% which is $23.347. I round the numbers 1-4 down and 5-9 up, which would make the amount $23.35.

It's also important to note that you can be generous with your tithing, by paying even more.

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