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Here's the official anouncement for electronic tithe paying:
How many here would be willing to use this electronic method?
For several years now there has been a way for members to pay offerings online, although it was meant to be limited for certain situations. Apparently there are wards that are now participating in a beta version of an online tithe paying service which everyone will be able to use if they want, just by going to the LDS.org website.
Anyone else hear of this or know anyone participating? Anyone inclined to use such a service when it goes live?
I think this is a great story...even if we don't encourage participating in the lottery.
Mom wins it big...and still has her priorities straight.
From a KSL article:
"At the state level, residents of Utah were the nation's most generous, donating $65.60 to charity for every $1,000 they earned. One factor is Utah's large presence of Mormons, whose church practices call for them to give at least 10 percent of their income to charity."
Church critics claim that the only reason for this is the fact that Mormons are compelled to pay tithing to keep their membership in good status and remain temple worthy and therefore such donations should not be considered an act of giving to charity. Is this a valid argument?
See the interactive map:
If you had $1.5mn to give to a good cause would you:
a) Buy 230,000 school kits to contribute towards over 9,000,000 children in Africa being brought out of the enslavement of illiteracy?
b) Fund water purification kits for 600,000 Philippines typhoon survivors to avoid further deaths from cholera?
c) Make a PR inducing contribution to the Philadelphia Museum of the American Revolution?
In case you need a clue, Matthew 25:31-46 might be a good place to start.
Is this a good use of funds? Is this the best way to fulfill the mandate "inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren...?"
The question "...when saw we thee a museum raising millions to promote American history and culture?" doesn't seem to appear in the reference.
This isn't simply me trying to take a swipe at the church. I also don't want to directly discuss the merits of the first two. There are starving, thirsty, illiterate children and families all over the world.
It's a genuine question and I concern I've been wrestling with. Are these the sorts of projects the church should be supporting? You can only spend a dollar once. Given it can only spent once, is a war museum the most beneficial charitable use for the funds?
I don't know whether it has been taken from tithing or other activities. Does it matter? If it is money available to donate to a charity, is this a good choice?