Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints practice the Biblical principle of tithing by donating 10 percent of their income to the Church.

Tithing has been known since Old Testament times. For example, it is recorded in Genesis 14:17-20 that Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek. Today, tithing money is used for a variety of purposes, including humanitarian efforts and the construction of meetinghouses and temples. Tithing money also pays for the Church’s operating costs and helps fund missionary, education and genealogy programs.

Latter-day Saints give their tithing donations to local leaders. These local leaders send the money to Church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, where a committee determines specific ways to use the funds. This council is composed of the First Presidency, the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the Presiding Bishopric.

As with members of many other faiths, Latter-day Saints believe that the payment of tithing shows gratitude to God and brings both spiritual and temporal blessings.

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