"Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
"Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation."Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." (Mal. 3:10.)
Most Latter-day Saints are well acquainted with the book of Malachi and its teachings pertaining to tithing, a principle taught since the early days of the restored gospel.
In an address delivered April 9, 1871, Brigham Young spoke on the subject of tithing:
"The law of tithing is an eternal law. The Lord Almighty never had His kingdom on the earth without the law of tithing being in the midst of His people, and He never will. It is an eternal law that God has instituted for the benefit of the human family, for their salvation and exaltation."
In a general conference address in April 1900, President Joseph F. Smith said the Lord revealed the law of tithing in order that there "might be means in the storehouse of the Lord for the carrying out of the purposes He had in view." Among those purposes are caring for the poor, spreading the gospel and building temples.
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Information compiled by Gerry Avant.
Sources: April 1977 and April 1979 general conference reports.