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To: SENTINEL
. . . Brigham Young had this to say on tithing "There has been so much inquiry it becomes irksome: the law is for a man to pay one-tenth. The Lord requires one-tenth of that which he has given me."

Yes, and I pay one-tenth (10%) of my net income. That is what the Lord has given me. (The rest He allows the government to take.)

Now, if someone wants to give 10% of his gross income, that is his business. The bishop is not supposed to question how any member calculates his or her tithing.

I have literally been told at tithing audit (ok I'll use your eupehmism, tithing settlement) . . .

The proper terminology is "tithing settlement," not "tithing audit." (Have you been away from the LDS Church so long that you have forgotten?)

The difference between a settlement and an audit is no mere euphemism. Audits are mandatory. An tithing audit would be a careful, methodical examination of one's financial records to verify compliance.

Tithing settlement is entirely voluntary. If a member chooses to participate, he is not asked to show the bishop anything. The member declares whether he considers himself a full tithe payer; the bishop is not to question such a declaration.

I will publicly take issue with your assertion that you didn't even spend 30 hours a week on Bishopric duties.

A bishop who personally does all of the things you listed is doing it wrong. Perhaps you have forgotten, but the bishop is supposed to call others to do much of the work.

Sir, I question your ability to add, honesty, or both. Of course I know there must be slackers in the LDS Bishoprics, but I can tell you of a certainty that 30-50 hours a week on top of full time work, college (in my case), and family is to be expected.

I am not deficient in mathematics, and I try to tell the truth; so perhaps I was one of the slackers. Or perhaps you are not as knowledgeable as you claim about the workings of the LDS church.

105 posted on 12/26/2010 7:06:45 PM PST by Logophile
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To: Logophile; SENTINEL; SZonian; Utah Binger; colorcountry; greyfoxx39

I call hogwash, when I was LDS it was 10% of GROSS not net income and tithing settlements were not optional, well not if you wanted a temple recommend. And this was several wards and stakes, not just one bishop.

Sounds like you don’t follow your own religion very well, Logo.


111 posted on 12/26/2010 7:56:06 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex Mormon, now Christian - "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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