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What is Mormon Church tithing used for?

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Updated July 3, 2024

  • Mormons pay tithing, which is ten percent of their income to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mormons believe that paying tithing is a choice. Mormon Church tithing is used in several ways including:
    • missionary efforts
    • to build and maintain church meeting houses
    • caring for the poor and needy
    • to build and maintain Mormon temples
    • to support education: high school seminaries, universities, colleges, online programs
    • general administration of the church
    • investments

Another way that Mormons donate money to the church is through something called a fast offering. Once a month, Mormons fast (don’t eat or drink) for two meals. Then, they donate the money they would have spent on those meals to their congregation. The leaders of the congregation use the funds to help those in need. 

Mormons can also make other donations to the church. They can specify how they would like the funds to be used. For example, the fund can be donated to the church’s general missionary fund, a missionary from their congregation, or humanitarian aid. These funds are only ever used for the purpose specified by the donator, not any other Mormon Church finances.