has again loudly and openly declared her opposition to paying tithing in the
prescribed method, and one must be a full tithe-payer as defined by the Church to hold a temple
recommend. She states in her
column for all to see:
The short version of all this is that while I am still a full-tithe payer, I have not paid a dime of it to the church in 2020.
change feels empowering. I love supporting charities that offer humanitarian
relief, especially to children around the world. I do research on Charity
Navigator about these organizations, giving preference to ones that provide
direct relief and practice financial transparency.
of those factors were lacking when I gave to the LDS Church. Even giving to the
church’s own humanitarian fund comes with this caveat at the bottom of every
tithing slip: “Though reasonable efforts will be made globally to use donations
as designated, all donations become the church’s property and will be used at
the church’s sole discretion to further the church’s overall mission.”
not enough for me, not anymore.
tithing settlement this year, I declared myself a full-tithe payer and
explained why none of that money has gone to the church. I don’t know what
fallout there will be from this decision, if any. Frankly, it’s not important
whether I continue to hold a temple recommend or not. What’s important to me is
that at least a few kids who didn’t have food or access to education will have
meals, school and the basics. I should have done this a long time ago.
ago I wrote a biography of President Lorenzo Snow. He was a senior apostle and
President of the Quorum of the Twelve during a time of terrible financial
stress on the Church, a time when several factors combined to put the Church
deeply in debt, even to the point where it was probably bankrupt and didn’t
know it. Then President Snow became the President of the Church, and the Lord
used him as His instrument to bring relief. President Snow received a revelation
that the path of debt deliverance for the Church was through members paying a
full tithing (and that proved true). Today we wonder about that, but in that
day, the late 1890s, members had drastically cut back on tithing payment for
reasons I won’t go into here, but many were paying no or only a part tithe.
President Snow preached tithing to the saints, over and over he declared that
the world of the Lord to the people (Zion) was that “a part tithe was no tithe
at all.” We must conclude that this includes charitable contributions given to
other worthy causes—they are no tithe at all. The bishop receives the tithes in
the Lord’s storehouse, and if donated to the United Way or any other fine cause,
it is not paying tithing.
Snow also began telling the people that those who did not pay tithing or only
paid a partial tithing would not be receiving temple recommends either. It took
some years but that policy eventually became fixed and remains so today.
sorry for Jana Reiss’s bishop and stake president, because they have a vocal
dissenter on their hands, one willing to use her public blog and Tribune
pulpit to criticize the Church and perhaps even them.
seen other misled activist members, on their way out of the Church, use
publicity to hurl their spite at their local (and general) leaders, and they
sometimes receive national publicity because many journalists despise religion
in general and the Church of Jesus Christ specifically. Though I am not her
judge, I am one who defends the Church from malcontents and critics like her,
that want to preach their own brand of self-righteousness on their way out of
the Church. I hope she goes quickly. Her kind of liberal progressive extremist
poison can affect others of weak faith too easily. I assume that if or when her
recommend is pulled, she will shout to her followers about that also, as well
as a membership council, as others have done before her and will after. This
apostate won’t be missed or remembered.