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GARY - I pay most of my bills electronically and have been wondering if the church will let us do that soon with tithng?

JOEL - Same here. Tithing is almost the only thing I use checks for nowadays. However, If we do it electronically along with our other "bills" it might tend to lessen the sacred nature of the offerings and we might miss out on the satisfaction that comes from making the effort to physically hand it over to the Bishop. But then when I pay my other bills electronically it doesn't hurt any less :-)

Aside from that there is a way you can pay donations to your ward with your bank's Bill Payment Services. Here are the instructions from the LDS web site. (http://tech.lds.org/wiki/Donations_by_bill_payment_service):

"Donations by bill payment service
Donations may be made to a ward or branch through a Bill Payment Service. Such services are generally provided by a financial institution, and allow donors to initiate payments online without writing a check or paying postage. Often some additional documentation is required to specify the donation categories.

Local donations
Although wards are not set up to process electronic donations, donors can use a Bill Payment Service to send donations to a ward (or branch). Such donations result in a paper check being mailed to the bishop (or branch president). Some bill payment services allow the donor to use a memo line to specify the donation categories (e.g., "$100 Tithing, $20 Fast Offering"). In such a case, the financial clerk would fill out a donation slip on behalf of the donor as donations are being counted.
To reduce the burden on clerks of filling out a donation slip, some wards request that their members fill out donation slips and submit them in advance. This also helps if the bill payment service does not allow a memo line; in this situation the clerks have no way of knowing the proper categories unless the donor submits some kind of donation slip.
Some members choose to use their bill payment service to send a payment to their home address, but made out to the ward. Then the member fills out a donation slip and submits the check just as he or she would with a normal check. In this way, the member puts no extra burden on the clerks or bishop, but still benefits from the automatic payment feature of the bill payment service and doesn't have to write out a check by hand."

If you do this you might want to ask your Bishop about it first.

I have heard that there is a way to make electronic payments directly to Church headquarters but right now it is limited to those who cannot make payments directly to a ward (eg active duty members). Something more about this may be coming forth in the future.

See the following discussion:

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