“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.
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.”
“To develop enduring faith, an enduring commitment to be a full-tithe payer is essential,” declared then-Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during his April 2011 general conference address.
“Initially it takes faith to tithe. Then the tithe payer develops more faith to the point that tithing becomes a precious privilege. Tithing is an ancient law from God. He made a promise to His children that He would open ‘the windows of heaven, and pour … out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it’ (Malachi 3:10).
In his April 1994 general conference talk, then-Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught that the payment of tithing brings the individual tithe payer unique spiritual blessings.