Mormon Beliefs: Fast Offerings

Fasting is a familiar term among Christians, and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called the Mormon Church) make it a regular practice to participate in a twenty-four hour fast on the first Sunday of every month. Not only is this fast beneficial to ourselves, helping us draw closer to the spirit and cleanse our bodies, but we find that fasting with a purpose can work like a prayer in seeking out particular blessings for those in need. We help further that purpose by paying a fast offering each month.

Mormon beliefs fast offeringChurches are run on donations, and in most denominations a collection plate is passed around for people to place their donations in. Latter-day Saint members are encouraged to pay a tithe of 10% of their income to the Church, but such is not collected during meetings. We can pick up envelopes with tithing slips from our bishop’s office and hand our offerings to a member of the bishopric. The fast offering is a special offering separate from our tithing, and there is a spot on the tithing slip to specify the amount we are paying for a fast offering. We are advised to have the amount of the offering be the amount of money we saved on food by participating in the monthly twenty-four hour fast, making it roughly the cost of two meals. Those with the means are encouraged to be generous and pay more, but the actual amount members pay for a fast offering is entirely up to the individual. Read more


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