LDS Tithing History, Wednesday, Apr 5, 1899

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-- Wednesday, Apr 5, 1899
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Apostle F. M. Lyman in brief remarks said the way would open up for the relief of the brethren from financial embarrassment and also that the Church would be relieved. Said he felt that there was going to be a great change in the financial condition of the Church. The stand that Pres. Snow is taking is the beginning of a great revolution. It will be but a little time when we may look for an increase of faith in the hearts of all. There will be an increase in the tithing. A wonderful change is coming. (1)

-- Monday, Apr 10, 1899
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Apostle J. H. Smith urged the presidents of stakes to meet the apportionment for Brigham Young Monument Fund as soon as possible. The following question was asked: "If a man doesn't believe in the law of tithing, and doesn't pay tithing, what shall be done with him?" Apostle F. M. Lyman answered the question by saying: "If he is a good man in every other respect, continue to labor with him. Perchance he may be converted." ... Apostle H. J. Grant said: In the case of a pres. of a stake, or high councillor, or bishop, or counselor, who did not pay tithing, they should be released. Asked if he gave that as counsel, he said, "No. I give it as my opinion, but if I am wrong the First Presidency are here to correct me." (1)

-- May 8, 1899
[Finances] Speaking at a conference in St. George, Lorenzo Snow delivers a landmark address counseling church members to be strictly observant of the law of tithing. The renewed commitment to tithing was formalized on July 2, at a solemn assembly in the Salt Lake Temple, where the general authorities, stake presidencies and bishops of the church affirmed that the law of tithing is "the word and will of the Lord unto us." (2)

-- May 08, 1899
At a conference in St. George, Utah, President Lorenzo Snow announces a renewed emphasis on the payment of tithing, which members have been neglecting for some time, stating, "The time has now come for every Latter-day Saint . . . to do the will of the Lord and pay his tithing in full" (in James R. Clark, Messages of the First Presidency, 3:312). (3)

-- May 17, 1899
Lorenzo Snow received revelation on tithing in St. George, Utah. (4)

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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3 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,'
4 - Hemidakaota, "Church Chronology from 1800-2000,"

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