Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes changes to ‘tithing settlement’
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a change to its “tithing settlement,” an annual end-of-year meeting of church members and their bishop.
Latter-day Saints pay 10% of their income in tithing to the Church according to a release from the religion to “honor God’s ancient and modern commandment to tithe.”
Typically held at the end of each year, tithing settlement is where a local bishop, (the leader of that congregation,) meets with individual members or families to discuss their tithes.
The Church announced, “this will now be called ‘tithing declaration.’ The change is intended to enhance focus on the principles and blessings of tithing. Tithing declaration will be primarily a learning experience — especially for children and youth — and an opportunity for Latter-day Saints to declare their tithing faithfulness.”
In addition, the church announced the tithing declaration interviews will now be held as early as September 1, ” to offer bishops and branch presidents additional time to meet with families and individuals.”
“What a great blessing to have a time dedicated to discussing the divine law of the tithe,” Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé said. “Tithing is an essential practice of Latter-day Saints, regardless of where they live, their social standing, or their material circumstances. By keeping this law, Church members receive spiritual and temporal blessings in their lives and help further the Church’s divine mission on earth.”
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