‘Tithing declaration’ to replace tithing settlement, First Presidency announces

Tithing declaration interviews can now begin as early as Sept. 1

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced changes to improve the tithing settlement process.

The term “tithing settlement” has now been changed to “tithing declaration.”

“This change emphasizes that the primary purpose of this interview is to provide members with an opportunity to declare their tithing faithfulness, not to ‘settle’ an account,” the First Presidency wrote in a letter to general and local priesthood leaders, dated Thursday, Aug. 11.

“The focus should be on the member’s covenant relationship with Heavenly Father and on teaching the spiritual nature of tithing, especially to children and youth.”

The Aug. 11 First Presidency letter added that tithing declaration interviews can now begin on Sept. 1 of each year “in order to offer bishops additional time to meet with families and individuals.”

The letter was signed by the First Presidency: President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors, President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring.

In the announcement published Thursday, Aug. 11, on ChurchofJesusChrist.org, Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé said: “What a great blessing to have a time dedicated to discussing the divine law of the tithe.

“Tithing is an essential practice of Latter-day Saints, regardless of where they live, their social standing, or their material circumstances. By keeping this law, Church members receive spiritual and temporal blessings in their lives and help further the Church’s divine mission on earth.”