The Lord tells us to give 10 percent of our income to the Church for tithing (see Doctrine and Covenants 119). But what happens when we give money to a member of the bishopric or pay it online to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

The Church’s Council on the Disposition of Tithes (see Doctrine and Covenants 120) determines how tithing money is used. This council includes members of the First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and the Presiding Bishopric. They act on inspiration from the Lord. They know this money is sacred.

Based on the decisions from the council, tithing money can end up blessing the world in lots of different ways. Tithing donations are used for things such as the following:

  • Building and taking care of temples, meetinghouses, and other Church buildings.
  • Running the Church’s education programs.
  • Printing scriptures and other materials.
  • Doing family history research.
  • Helping with welfare and humanitarian efforts.
  • Supporting missionaries.
  • Paying for ward and branch activities.

Thanks to those who pay tithing for helping the Church and blessing the world!

Adapted from “Where Tithing Money Goes” from the October 2018 Ensign.

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