LDS Tithing History, Saturday, Aug 4, 1900

LDS Tithing Chronology

-- Saturday, Aug 4, 1900
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] I left for Ogden to attend the monthly priesthood meeting of the Weber Stake .... spoke strongly upon the law of tithing with respect to non-tithe-payers, showing that the obligation to visit and convert them rested upon bishops of wards, and that that responsibility is shifted from the First Presidency and Twelve. At the close of the meeting, I distributed some non-tithe-payers blank sheets to the bishops and asked them to make a report on or before Oct. 1st, 1900. (1)

-- Thursday, Aug 9, 1900
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Apostle Reed Smoot called attention to the fact that the presidency and high council of the Utah Stake had made a distribution of the 10% tithing set apart as compensation to the bishops, and bishops' clerks, and stake tithing clerks, and that out of the distribution a small margin was reserved to meet some of the stake expenses, such as janitor hire and electric lighting for the stake tabernacle, and sundry other church items. The distribution, he said, was entirely satisfactory to the bishops and all others concerned. Bishop W. B. Preston, the presiding bishop, he remarked, objected to this arrangement, taking the position that the entire 10% should go to the bishops. While no formal vote was taken, it seemed to be the mind of the Presidency and brethren, that the presidency of a stake and high council had ample authority to make the distribution of the said 10%, and that if their action was accepted by the general authorities of the stake, it shoul
d stand. (1)

-- Thursday, Aug 16, 1900
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Some discussion was indulged in regarding non-tithe-payers, and it was suggested by Pres. Cannon that men holding the priesthood who do not pay tithing should be handled in their quorums, and if they did not repent and honor this law, they should be dropped from the quorum, as in his opinion a man who rejected this law was certainly not worthy to hold a standing in a quorum of the priesthood. Also, he thought quorums should adopt a rule requiring the attendance of their members, and an absence from three or four meetings without a proper excuse should be considered sufficient cause for dropping his name from the roll. It was conceded by all present that the suggestions were very good, and it would be well to take them as a text in visiting the various conferences. In regard to some members of the church who were reported up as not believing in the principle of tithing, Pres. Cannon remarked that a man who did not believe in the law was not worthy to
hold the priesthood. (1)

-- Sunday, Aug 26, 1900
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Apostle Cowley followed and treated upon the following topics. The temporal and spiritual. The evils of politics. The unchangeable character of the gospel. The principle of plural marriage. Some of the evils of monogamy. Virtue. Tithing. Dispensation of the fullness of times. Eternal nature of the marriage covenant. (1)

1 - Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993

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