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Why Most Latter day Saints Are Over paying Their Tithing By 1000s Of Dollars

Most faithful Latter-day Saints pay tithing on their gross income with a few paying on net income. But do the historical documents and past teachings of Prophets, Seers, and Revelators support either of those two interpretations? We take a deep dive into the historical context exploring D&C 119, A First Presidency Letter in 1970, old manuals and handbooks, Heber C Kimball, Lorenzo Snow, Joseph F Smith, James E Talmage, and even the words of Bishop Edward Partridge who was the very First Bishop in the Church along with getting a modern clarifying statement from Church Historian Steven Harper about how “interest” has been interpreted in Church History. In the end a third interpretation rises to the surface that will allow every believing faithful member to save themselves Thousands of Dollars while still living the law of tithing faithfully.


Outline of this presentation with all documents sourced –

PDF of the slide show –

LDS Tithing: What’s in a word?

Tithing and the poor

The law of tithing (part three)


3 thoughts on “Why Most Latter day Saints Are Over paying Their Tithing By 1000s Of Dollars”

  1. Good evening,

    I just finished watching the YouTube Podcast, “Why Most Latter-day Saints Are Overpaying Their Tithing By 1000s Of Dollars” by Bill Reel published on Jan 16, 2023.

    I appreciate the efforts put forth to clearly share what was both taught and what was practiced with respect to tithing and compare that to what is being done today. I also appreciate the efforts put forth to provide the references of the materials shared as well as the full context of the quotes.

    Another thing that may be of value to this conversation and further support the premise of the Podcast is looking up the meaning of the word “Interest” in the dictionary that was available to Joseph Smith at the time of Section 119 of the D&C was written.

    Interest-Any surplus advantage (Even though there are multiple definitions of the word, this one most aligns with how it was taught and practiced)

    Thanks again for such a wonderful podcast.

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