Posts Tagged ‘ tithing ’

Mall or Nothing

October 2, 2012
Mall or Nothing

There are quite a few people who are very critical of the church’s investment in a high-end retail mail in downtown SLC.  Their reasons differ, but include things like: Mormons, Inc.  The church looks like a corporation, a business not a charity.  Worldly retail makes a strange bedfellow for charitable churches.  You can’t serve both God […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, economics, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 165 Comments »

Stand Up & Be Counted: Weekend Poll

September 1, 2012
Stand Up & Be Counted:  Weekend Poll

Should we clean up the church membership records once and for all?  If so, how?  Roll call?  That could take a while.  Bueller . . . Bueller . . . Discuss.

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 54 Comments »

Romney’s Taxing Problem

August 7, 2012
Romney’s Taxing Problem

There has been much ado about the number of years of tax returns Mitt Romney should share as candidate for POTUS.  Critics on both sides of the political spectrum as well as the majority of Americans have called for him to release them, and yet he has refused, resulting in speculation that whatever is in […]

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Posted in America, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 105 Comments »

The Cost of Being a Mormon

June 27, 2012
The Cost of Being a Mormon

Being a mormon comes at a cost. As Joseph Smith taught true religion requires sacrifice and implicit in the concept of sacrifice is a personal cost. Those who leave the church talk about the cost of leaving the church, in terms of losing friends, family and emotional upheaval. Others have pointed out to some of […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, economics, Mission, Mormon Culture | 72 Comments »

Tithing Talk: Weekend Poll

June 16, 2012
Tithing Talk:  Weekend Poll

Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith | 28 Comments »

Tis Better to Receive than to Give: Ask the Bishop (Poll #10)

October 8, 2011
Tis Better to Receive than to Give: Ask the Bishop (Poll #10)

The single hardest thing I had to do as bishop, repeatedly, was deciding who would get fast offering help, and who would not.  So, I’ll let you help me on this one.  You’re the bishop! There is a family in your ward that runs hot and cold with church attendance.  They come for 6 months, […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, Mormon Culture | 29 Comments »

Tithing vs. Control

August 9, 2011
Tithing vs. Control

We are here on earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I don’t know. W. H. Auden For the individual, what is the lesson we are supposed to learn from tithing?  IMO, the blessing of tithing is the blessing of detachment (or maybe non-attachment).  Jesus advocated detachment when he admonished […]

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Posted in Faith, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 100 Comments »

Is this Building the Kingdom of God?

August 4, 2011
Is this Building the Kingdom of God?

Today’s guest post is by Jake.  When I first went out onto my mission I was warned that when I saw missionaries all day that it might challenge my testimony. That they would lose the shine they once had when I viewed them as beacons of spirituality when I was a 14 year old youth.  […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Uncategorized | 22 Comments »

If I Were In Charge: Stop Requiring Specific Donations For Spiritual Participation

July 13, 2011
10-Charity

Being willing to give away what we have is essential.  Christ told us that we need to be willing to impart of our possessions and to have charity towards others.  Zakat (almsgiving) is one of the fundamental Five Pillars of Islam.  Dana (generosity or giving) in Buddhism is essential to purify oneself and is one […]

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Posted in Church Policy | 112 Comments »

If I Were In Charge: Overview & Topical Guide

July 6, 2011
in charge

I know it seems a bit odd to explain the purpose of a series after the series has already started, but there has been some confusion and I think I perhaps haven’t explained my goal with enough detail.  I’ve described various bits and pieces in the different posts, but here it is all together.  At […]

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Posted in Church Policy | 23 Comments »

If I Were In Charge: Tithe the Church’s For-Profit Businesses

June 7, 2011
MormonsInc

We belong to a rich church.  Exact numbers are hard to come by, but the assets are likely worth tens of billions US$.  While there are obviously a lot of assets in things like temples, BYU campuses, institute buildings, Church headquarters and buildings, chapels and other land, there are also a lot for “for-profit” assets. […]

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Posted in Church Policy | 135 Comments »

Church Reboots and Science Fiction

April 16, 2011
Church Reboots and Science Fiction

I was in high school when the original Star Trek television series premiered. As nerdy then as I am now, I watched every episode, and every re-run, and every afternoon syndication for years. I finally stopped — not because I wasn’t interested in the Star Trek universe, which was infinitely expandable (as multiple incarnations have […]

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Posted in General Conference, Mormon Culture | 7 Comments »

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