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MUNDO - When i didnt pay my tithing does it mean we are not allowed to partake the sacrament?
JOEL - I would say that is even a greater reason to take the sacrament. A person may personally decide whether or
not they feel worthy to take the sacrament and act accordingly, but in reality the only time one should for certain
not take the sacrament is if his Bishop specifically tells him not to as part of some form of church discipline.
James E Talmagde said:
"The direct word of the Lord unto the saints in this dispensation instructs them to permit no one in
transgression to partake of the sacrament until reconciliation has been made; nevertheless the saints are
commanded to exercise abundant charity toward their erring fellows, not casting them out from the assemblies
yet withholding the sacrament from them." (Articles of Faith 157-58)
"And now behold, this is the commandment which I give unto you, that ye shall not suffer any one knowingly to
partake of my flesh and blood unworthily, when ye shall minister it;" (3 Ne.18:28)
"Forbidding someone from partaking of the sacrament on the grounds of personal unworthiness is the
responsibility of the "judge in Israel" who holds the keys of the priesthood which direct priesthood ordinances.
It is not the prerogative of members of the congregation to forbid anyone from partaking of the sacrament."
(Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, vol. 4)
Otherwise the sacrament is a good time to start anew; to either give up a sin or make a promise to God to
better obey a certain commandment that the member is having trouble with (like tithing).
Elder John H. Groberg said about worthiness to take the Sacrament:
"If we desire to improve (which is to repent) and are not under priesthood restriction, then, in my opinion, we
are worthy," (Conf Report, April 1989, p. 50.)