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Question #91088 posted on 03/27/2018 1:06 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Does the church use tithing money to pay for things like lawyers to defend the Church for things like the Joseph Bishop case? Or do they use money from their for profit branch?

-Wondering

A:

Dear Wonderer,

Here are the five uses of tithing, as stated by the LDS Church in a statement in 2012.

  • Providing buildings or places of worship for members around the world. We have thousands of such buildings and continue to open more, sometimes several in a week.
  • Providing education programs, including support for our universities and our seminary and institute programs.
  • Supporting the Church’s worldwide missionary program.
  • Building and operating nearly 140 temples around the world and the administration of the world’s largest family history program.
  • Supporting the Church’s welfare programs and humanitarian aid, which serve people around the world — both members of the Church as well as those who are not members.

Judging from this, and the knowledge that the Church is extremely careful about how it uses its tithing funds (for example, no tithing funds are used to pay the living allowances of general authorities), I would say that tithing money is not used to pay lawyers that defend the church.

Keep it real,
Sherpa Dave