What Is Tithing?

The word tithe means “a tenth part.” Tithing is a donation, or offering, of one-tenth of your income for the service of God.

Since ancient times, God has commanded His people to give one-tenth of all they earn back to Him. This commandment is still in effect today. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints give one-tenth of their income back to God through His Church. These funds are then used to build up the Church and to further God’s work throughout the world. 

God promises great blessings to those who pay tithing. Paying tithing demonstrates obedience and love and helps strengthen our faith in God. 

Tithing is a commandment of God

Ancient scripture teaches us that God has always commanded His children to pay tithes. The Bible explains that Abraham offered tithes (see Genesis 14:20). Tithing was a law for the children of Israel (see Numbers 18:21—28). It was also taught and followed by people of the ancient Americas, as recorded in the Book of Mormon (see 3 Nephi 24:8—12). 

In our day, living prophets teach about the continued importance of paying tithing. When we are obedient to the commandments of God, He promises us countless blessings in return.

Paying tithing shows love for God and for others

When we pay tithing, we grow closer to God and help further His work. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). God shows His love for us by giving us all that we have. In return, He asks that we support His work and that we demonstrate our love for others. Tithing helps to proclaim the gospel and build up the kingdom of God on the earth. Your contributions have the potential to bless the lives of so many others beyond yourself.

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Paying tithing strengthens faith in God

God’s invitation about tithing is clear: “Bring ye all the tithes ... and prove me now herewith ... 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” (Malachi 3:10). That’s a powerful promise.

You can test the principle of tithing in your own life. As you pay tithing, you will see how God delivers on His promises. You will come to know Him better, and your faith in Him will grow.

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