Fast Offerings

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 12:01 am

Offerings

Follow Gramps:

Print Friendly

As a leader in our Ward I am aware that our fast offerings are being used to pay traffic tickets, high speed internet bills, late fees and other bills that are not considered necessities. I know members who can’t even afford internet service and are struggling but  pay a good fast offering. Its hard for me to see fast offerings of members who are struggling have their fast offering used for such purposes. I am thinking I will give my fast offering to some other category but I know I am to support the Bishop and pray about the matter but it still bothers me. Any comment?

Bob

_________

Bob,

I can understand how you feel, however I want to point out some things. First of all, it is the Bishopric that determines how fast offerings are to be used within the ward. mormon fast offeringThere is a chance you don’t hear the whole story of why they are being used on such items. For instance, The traffic ticket could have been paid to avoid jail time and further struggle for the family/individual. The internet bills and late fees could have been paid to similarly alleviate damaging consequences such as avoidance of late fees (in the case of the internet) and the late fees could have been paid to utility companies to keep the heat on in the coming winter.

I could see the sense, and appropriateness, of paying such items on a one-time basis to level off or prevent debt if possible. However I would be concerned if such items were being consistently paid to the benefit of the same individuals over time.

In the end, as I stated at the start, it is the bishop that makes these decisions. As you are not the bishop, it is not your duty to 1) know all the details about any ward welfare situations. and 2) render any judgements about the bishop in his duties, especially based upon partial information. Remember that the bishop’s councellors DO have a duty and voice in these decisions. That is why there are actually three priesthood holders set to lead the ward rather than just one.

Were I in your shoes, I would likely feel just as uneasy as you do. However I would suggest continuing prayer, and faith that your fast offerings are given in the proper spirit. How they are used is no reflection on you, or your willingness to sacrifice for the good of those in need. Heavenly Father knows your heart and you will receive the blessings from obedience to Christ regardless of where your donations end up.

Gramps

 

Summary
Article Name
Fast Offerings - Ask Gramps - Q and A about Mormon Doctrine
Description
As a leader in our Ward I am aware that our fast offerings are being used to pay traffic tickets, high speed internet bills, late fees and other bills that are not considered necessities.

Follow Gramps:

Should we pay tithing on Social Security?

December 17, 2014 6:25 am

Question Gramps, My wife and I recently retired.  We have begun receiving Social Security and Medicare.  What do you advise regarding tithing? Jack   Answer Jack, Tithing is (more)

I get angry for no reason. What can I do?

December 16, 2014 6:14 am

Question Gramps, Sometimes I get mad for no reason. What should I do? Nathan   Answer Hello Nathan, Anger is a natural emotion necessary to our individual progression (more)

Do we have all of the translations from the Book of Mormon?

December 15, 2014 3:52 am

Question Gramps, Do we have all the translations from the Book of Mormon or is there some missing or info we don’t have? Kyle   Answer Kyle, I (more)

Can I receive my temple endowments at the age of 19?

December 14, 2014 8:24 am

Question Hello Gramps, I’d like to ask about the temple ordinance. I have heard that there have been recent changes about receiving temple endowments. I heard that I (more)

Why aren’t the National Anthems of all countries included in the hymnbook?

December 13, 2014 6:58 am

Question Gramps, Why is the US national anthem included in the LDS hymnbook? Does it mean that the national anthems of other countries are less worthy (for want (more)

How is dedicating a home done by a Priesthood holder?

December 12, 2014 5:00 am

Question Gramps, How is the performing of a dedication of a home by a Priesthood holder done?  Does he have to raise his hand?  Thanks. Luis   Answer (more)

How do we distinguish when Elohim or Christ is speaking?

December 11, 2014 2:00 am

Question Gramps, How can we distinguish when Elohim is speaking or when Christ is speaking? Doyle   Answer Dear Doyle, I believe that it is Christ speaking unless (more)

Why did Christ have to go through all of that suffering?

December 10, 2014 5:00 am

Question Gramps, Why did Christ have to go through all that suffering? I mean, why was that; Gethsemane, and the cross, the process selected to save us from (more)

What can I trust when there appears to be conflicting doctrine?

December 9, 2014 5:21 am

Question Gramps, I am struggling. I have loved this church for most of my life. I still love it. I am just so confused. We are told the (more)

Is incense against the Word of Wisdom?

December 8, 2014 5:33 am

Question Gramps, I was wondering if the use of incense sticks is considered smoking and therefore against the Word of Wisdom? Julia   Answer Julia, This is an (more)

Is chai tea against the Word of Wisdom?

December 8, 2014 5:00 am

Question Dearest Gramps, Is partaking of chai tea against the Word of Wisdom? Lisa   Answer Hi Lisa, According to this Wikipedia article, chai tea is made by (more)

What are the differences in agency we used in pre-earth life and now?

December 7, 2014 2:53 am

Question Gramps, It seems to me we had agency during our pre earth life. What is the difference between the agency we exercised in the pre earth life (more)

Pin It on Pinterest