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Church Finances Are Used In the Lord's Way For the Lord's Work

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A for profit business for development is developing, apparently without requiring tax incentives from the government.

I don't see a problem with it.

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Why do so many people seem to think that the Lord hates nice housing? I mean, have you seen his houses?

He pointed out the lack of accommodation for him personally when he was mortal: “And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.”

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On 3/5/2018 at 6:40 AM, sjdawg said:

My stake president once told me what when a General Authority visited our stake the first question asked was "what percentage of the stake are full tithe payers"?  From that they knew exactly how spiritual everyone in the stake was. 

Tithing isn't about money (I'm not sure it has ever been about money, though I concede that financing church operations has historically been hard for most faiths and the restored Church of Jesus Christ has been in dire need of money at times).  It iIS about sacrificing in a way that recognizes Him as our Savior and God as the One who gives us all that we have, and bonds us to Jesus Christ.   It is the fact of voluntary sacrifice that identifies the faithful, not the money.   That is why it makes no sense at all for parents to force their children to pay it, to take their money from children who don't want to and submit their money as tithing.   Paying to play, or paying under force is not tithing, and is pointless.  Tithing done the way it is supposed to be done is cleansing and healing and commitment, which is how it matters.

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On 3/5/2018 at 12:18 PM, Maidservant said:

  I look forward to when my bishop prays (and some of them have knelt) over my family and unlocks the blessings of heaven for my family (for the next year).  I count on that to the degree as I see it as a quasi-ordinance. 

Never had that happen. never heard of that happening. 

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On 3/6/2018 at 1:22 PM, Amulek said:

. Seriously, just go to a Baptist (or some other Protestant) church sometime and you'll see. I was really caught off guard the first time I went to another church and they started passing the plate (multiple times).

 

Coming from a Protestant background, I was amazed the first time the Missionaries invited me to the LDS Church and they didn't "Pass the Plate"

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On 3/5/2018 at 4:40 AM, sjdawg said:

My stake president once told me what when a General Authority visited our stake the first question asked was "what percentage of the stake are full tithe payers"?  From that they knew exactly how spiritual everyone in the stake was.  That always bothered me

I don't think that knowing the percentage of full tithe payers tells you how spiritual people are.  But, those who pay a full tithe are also more than likely reading the scriptures, praying,  hold a temple recommend, and attend church regularly.  I wouldn't think that there would be an exact correlation, but close enough to give you a good idea of how people are doing.

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