Tithe: A tenth of one’s income, which is given to the church. It is required for those desiring to enter the temple. Second President Brigham Young declared, “The law of tithing is an eternal law” (Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 177). Fifteeth President Gordon B. Hinckley explained, “Reporters whom I have met simply cannot believe that we pay 10 percent of our income as tithing. I explain that this is a spiritual phenomenon. We pay because we are obedient to the commandment of the Lord. We pay because we have faith in His munificent promises. Let us teach our children while they are yet young of the great opportunity and responsibility of paying tithing. If we do so, there will be another generation, and yet another, who will walk in the ways of the Lord and merit His promised blessing” (“Look to the Future,” Ensign (Conference Edition), November 1997, p. 69).
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