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Manuscript Releases Volume One [Nos. 19-96], Page 188

MR No. 48a—Use of the Tithe

[Release requested by Elder W. H. Branson for use in the study of this problem in connection with a forthcoming council.]

In the night season I am laboring earnestly with persons who do not seem to understand that in the providence of God the medical missionary work is to be as the right hand of the body.—Manuscript 58, 1901, 1. (“A Union of Ministerial and Medical Missionary Work Essential,” July 7, 1901.)

The tithe is to be used for one purpose,—to sustain the ministers whom the Lord has appointed to do His work. It is to be used to support those who speak the words of life to the people, and carry the burden of the flock of God....

Those who have charge of our church buildings are to be supplied with the means that is necessary to keep these buildings in good repair. But this money is not to come from the tithe....

The use of the tithe must be looked upon as a sacred matter by our people. We must guard strictly against all that is contrary to the message now given....

The impression is becoming quite common that the sacred disposition of the tithe no longer exists. Many have lost their sense of the Lord’s requirements....

When a man enters the ministry, he is to be paid from the tithe enough to sustain his family. He is not to feel that he is a beggar....

Many ministers are lying in their graves, brought there by sorrow and disappointment, and by the hardship brought upon them because they did not

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