Not a free will offering


Excerpt from the June 1980 Ensign, First Presidency Message, Marion G. Romney: 1

Tithing is not a free-will offering; it is a debt, payment of which brings great blessings.

I consider the payment of tithing a sound financial investment. To those who pay their tithing, the Lord has said that he will “open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

The payment of tithing is also worthwhile as fire insurance. Through his prophets the Lord has told us that incident to his second coming, there will be a great conflagration. Malachi thus refers to it in connection with his pronouncement about tithes and offerings.

I know from my own experience, and I bear you my witness, that there is a peace and a comfort and an assurance which comes to one who pays an honest tithing. If you ever come to a time when you don’t know how much you owe, pay a little more. It is better to over-pay than to under-pay.


1 June 1980 Ensign, First Presidency Message, Marion G. Romney –