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Question #93194 posted on 06/22/2020 8:23 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Would you consider yourself a full tithe payer if you donated 10% to the Church, but donated it under the category "Humanitarian Aid" instead of Tithing? Are those donations included in annual tithing review?

Thank you,
Trying to decide how to donate


Dear Trying,

Those donations are included in an annual tithing review. I personally wouldn't count that myself, but that's ultimately between you and God. Temporally, that is something that would be between you and your bishop. That being said, in the interview all your bishop is going to do is give you your statement and ask if you consider yourself a full tithe payer. It's a small sample size, but I've not ever heard of bishops asking follow up questions about whether or not someone really was a full tithe payer.

If for what ever reason you don't feel like you want to the general fund, whether that be questions about doctrines, or disagreements about policies etc. I definitely feel like donating 10% to Humanitarian Aid instead of not donating at all is a way better option. 

I think this question shows that your heart is in the right place. You want to show gratitude to God. You want to help other people. You just have questions about the best way to do that and that's totally okay. 10% is a sacrifice and giving that up voluntarily, especially if you have questions, is noble.

I hope this helps! Good luck with your decision! I hope that you'll feel good about how you choose to donate.