LDS Tithing History, Sunday, Sep 3, 1899

LDS Tithing Chronology

-- Sunday, Sep 3, 1899
[Apostle John Henry Smith] Joseph F. Smith spoke 42 minutes, Seymour B. Young 10 minutes, Myself 20 minutes, Arthur Winter 10. All upon the law of tithing. ... At 2 p.m. the conference met again. Prayer by Joseph E. Taylor. The sacrament was administered. Prest. George Q. Cannon spoke on Zions growth and mens duty to their families. Heber J. Grant, LeRoy Snow, J. Golden Kimball and Prest. Lorenzo Snow spoke upon the law of tithing. (1)

-- Thursday, Sep 7, 1899
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] A letter from Apostle Lyman informed the brethren that he had attended the Panguitch Stake Conference, which was well attended. He spoke upon the law of tithing, he said, and enjoyed great freedom of speech. (2)

-- Saturday, Sep 9, 1899
[Apostle John Henry Smith] President Lorenzo Snow and Bp. Wm. B. Preston talked to us on the payment of tithing. (1)

[Apostle Rudger Clawson] The speakers were Pres. Lorenzo Snow and Bp. Wm. B. Preston. Topics treated: Dealings of the Lord with the children of Israel. Marriage among the children of Israel. Consecration. Tithing. Among other things Pres. Snow said, "The land must be sanctified by the payment of tithing." The Latter-day Saints owe millions of dollars in tithing, which they never can pay. Promised the people in the name of the Lord, if they would pay their tithing from now on, that the Lord would forgive them for their past remissness, and their indebtedness for tithing would be blotted out. Submitted the following figures to show that there had been an improvement in the payment of cash tithes during the past few months: during the months of June, July, August, and Sept. 1899 [1898] $66,000.00 was paid, and in the same months of 1899 to Sep. 10, $137,000.00 was paid. (2)

-- Thursday, Sep 14, 1899
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Speaking of the San Pete Stake, Pres. Snow said that he was surprised to learn that the saints there were very much behind in tithe-payingâ€"not more than 25% was being paid by them. Apostle Lund remarked that the sheep men of San Peteâ€"and there were many of themâ€"feel cold toward the church and pay but little tithing. Pres. Cannon asked if that were not the case with most of the sheep men of the church. The brethren thought it was. (2)

1 - Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990
2 - 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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