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ANNVER - my question is if someone don't give a full one-tenth tithing is that still called tithing? just understanding tithing comes from the word ten(tenth) not ninth or eigth? im not sure if thats correct? but just thinking it's true that its important to give tithing with a clean and cheerful heart, and whatever is given they will be blessed but i think not fully blessed because its not one-tenth of their income as the law and commandment is in malachi? so back to the original question can one pay somewhat of aa contribution less than on-tenth of income would it still be considered tithing?
JOEL - Technically speaking Tithing does mean one-tenth so if what one pays is not one tenth of their income then it cannot be called Tithing in the strictest deffinition of the word. The scriptures tell us:
"And this shall be the beginning of the tithing of my people.
And after that, those who have thus been tithed shall pay one-tenth of all their interest annually; and this shall be a standing law unto them forever, for my holy priesthood, saith the Lord.
Verily I say unto you, it shall come to pass that all those who gather unto the land of Zion shall be tithed of their surplus properties, and shall observe this law, or they shall not be found worthy to abide among you" (D&C 119: 3-5)
But as far as the Church is concerned, if you you enter any amount into the Tithing box on the Donations slip, it is called Tithing, whether full or part.
Actually, all money that is donated to the Church is called "Voluntary Contributions", whether it's Tithing, Fast offering, Humanitarian Aid. etc. and God will bless the lives of those who give, regardless of the amount or what it is called.
A full-tithe payer would give 10 % of their income, but It is up to each individual to determine what he or she believes is an honest 10%.
A 1970 letter from the First Presidency stated that, notwithstanding the fact that members should pay one-tenth of their income, "every member of the Church is entitled to make his own decision as to what he thinks he owes the Lord and to make payment accordingly" (Mar. 19, 1970; Doxey, Roy W. Tithing: The Lord's Law. Salt Lake City, 1976).
In regards to what is recorded in annual Church records, if a member reports that they did not give a full 10% then they would be considered "Part-Tithe" payer.
I really don't think God parcels out percentages of blessings according to the percent of tithe one pays. But I guess one example of not being fully blessed would be that a Part-tithe payer might not be able to receive a temple recommend, and would not enjoy the blessings of attending the temple.