Are those that are disabled and on welfare have to pay tithing?

Posted on January 25, 2011 at 12:01 am

Blessings

Follow Gramps:

Print Friendly

Dear Gramps,

I would like to know if members who are disabled and on welfare have to pay tithing, and if so, how much. I need to know. Please give me an answer. Thank you and God bless you.

Sister Aubuchon

Dear Gramps,

Is it right that people on welfare or on disability should pay tithing? Pleases give an answer, I need to know. Thank you.

Sunshine Lady

Dear Sisters,

Tithing is a principle of the gospel in the same sense as all the other principles. Do you think it would be all right not to take the name of God in vain except when angry; or to honor one’s father and mother except when they treated you unfairly; or not to steal except when in need; or not to bear false witness except when it was to one’s advantage to hide the truth? Should we only pay tithing when we are affluent? Obedience to the word of God should be without exception, and when we obey the Father we are always and without exception blessed for our obedience.

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. (D&C 130:20-21)

And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments; and he has promised you that if ye would keep his commandments ye should prosper in the land; and he never doth vary from that which he hath said; therefore, if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you. (Mosiah 2:22)

The blessings associated with the payment of tithing are specifically declared, and benefit particularly those who are in financial need.

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. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 3:10-11)

It doesn’t take extra money to pay tithing, it just takes extra faith. If we trust in the Lord and put ourselves in His care, exposing ourselves to His providence, He will provide for all our needs. He won’t promise that we will become rich, not because being poor in itself is a blessing; but how many of us who, if were amply endowed financially, would remember the Lord and would remain humble and be free with our bounty? There is a particular blessing promised to those who have the faith to be obedient to the Lord when such obedience represents a personal sacrifice.

For verily I say unto you, blessed is he that keepeth my commandments, whether in life or in death; and he that is faithful in tribulation, the reward of the same is greater in the kingdom of heaven. (D&C 58:2)

But the practical question is, How shall we survive, if we don’t have enough for the necessities of life, and yet pay our tithing? He who is a full tithe payer and who keeps the other commandments of the Lord has call upon the Lord’s storehouse for his sustenance. I would recommend that if you are in such need, that you put the payment of tithing at the top of your list of bills to pay each month. Take your tithing to your bishop, explain to him your circumstance, and as the Lord’s representative he will counsel you in how to manage your affairs, and will use the supplies that are at his disposition in the Lord’s storehouse for your benefit as he deems appropriate.

Gramps

Summary
Article Name
Are those that are disabled and on welfare have to pay tithing? - Ask Gramps - Q and A about Mormon Doctrine
Author
Description
Tithing is a principle of the gospel in the same sense as all the other principles. Do you think it would be all right not to take the name of God in vain except when angry.
  • Vandydad

    If you are already on church assistance for food, and you still cannot make your bills while getting some government assistance, who can we pay tithing when we are already in the hole to start with. If you were making say 1500 net per month, then lose wages down to 1000, and your monthly bills are more than you take in even after food is taken care of, what is more important, power and water or tithing? The blessing of heaven are great but when you have children keeping the water and lights on to me seems more pressing. As mentioned in the UK, the church refuses to help with bills other than food. I am in that situation and have asked for help and was told that food would be provided for and nothing else, but even though when sitting with the bishop he could see there was a shortfall after the food assistance, he reminded me I was expected to still pay tithing which will put me even further behind and unable to make all my bills.
    I am actively seeking another job, a 2nd job, but until I get one, I pay tithing or I pay utilities.

  • greg

    WE are not required to pay tithes of money–period!!

Follow Gramps:

Is desire enough for baptism?

December 20, 2014 6:36 am

Question Gramps, I am unable to say, for sure, that I believe that the LDS Church is the true church of God or that Joseph Smith was a (more)

Was there same sex marriage during Noah’s time?

December 19, 2014 6:53 am

Question Hi Gramps, I’ve heard that in the time of Noah the term “giving in marriage” back then meant that there was same sex marriage occurring during that time. (more)

How should we handle hostility shown towards the LDS Church?

December 18, 2014 5:22 am

Question Gramps, Howdy! I’ve run across a few instances where people outside our faith have been offended of our view on other churches. They specifically reference 1 Nephi 14:10. (more)

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)

Pin It on Pinterest