LDS Tithing History, Thursday, Jun 13, 1901

LDS Tithing Chronology

-- Thursday, Jun 13, 1901
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] ... Before taking my seat, I referred to the matter of non-tithe-payers and felt that some action should be taken relative to those who bear the priesthood, as by experience I had been led to believe that those who rejected the law of tithing, or failed to honor it, were indifferent, generally, to their duties in the church. The question was pretty fully discussed, and though no formal action was taken, it seemed to be the mind of the brethren that while it would be unwise and injudicious at present to relieve men of their priesthood, who failed to observe the law of tithing, it would certainly be proper to call for the resignation of non-tithe-payers, who were officiating in (1)

-- Thursday, Jun 27, 1901
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Apostle H. J. Grant (with R. Clawson associated), representing the committee appointed to investigate the propriety of dividing the Salt Lake Stake by Main Street, reported that a careful investigation of the recent division of said stake shows an improvement and decided advance in every directionâ€"in tithe-paying, in renewed interest among all the local organizations of the wards, and in a greatly increased attendance at all meetings. The committee, therefore, strongly recommended that the stake be again divided. I also spoke to the report and said that it met with my hearty approval. Said that every argument heretofore used for the dividing of large stakes would apply in the present case. Had always taken the view that about 10,000 church population should be the limit of the larger stakes and that the Salt Lake [Stake] today has a membership of about 27,000. (1)

-- Sunday, Jul 7, 1901
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Pres. Snow said in part: one of the most difficult improvements the Latter-day Saints have to make is in relation to a monetary consideration. "Property we haven't got, we are striving improperly to get, and property we have, we are striving improperly to keep." Said that there have been rich men among us in times past who haven't paid one third of their tithing, and others who have paid none at all, but it is getting to be different now. There is a brother in Provo who sent in the other day $27,000 for tithing, and this same brother has given by donation to the church as high as $10,000. There is a sister in this meeting, who has contributed to the church for educational purposes something like $23,000. And such things may be said of the man at my right (Apostle H. J. Grant) and of the man at my left (Bp. J. R. Winder). There is a great improvement among the Latter-day Saints in tithe-paying, and I rejoice in it. (1)

-- Wednesday, Jul 10, 1901
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Apostle Reed Smoot was the first speaker. .... Was pleased with the great improvement in tithe-paying; regretted to learn that there were some brethren in the church who excused themselves from the observance of this law because they had sons in the missionary field to support. ... (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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