Tithing Settlement during the pandemic

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Re: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic

Post by AmyJ » 16 Nov 2020, 11:28

I believe that Bishops & Branch Presidents normally serve for about 5 years - so, if this was your 4th time meeting with him, in theory you may only need to meet with him 1x more (with zero more times a possibility).

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Re: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic

Post by Roy » 16 Nov 2020, 12:21

AmyJ wrote:
16 Nov 2020, 11:28
I believe that Bishops & Branch Presidents normally serve for about 5 years - so, if this was your 4th time meeting with him, in theory you may only need to meet with him 1x more (with zero more times a possibility).
Yeah, I thought that too. The following exchange played out in my mind.

Bishop: "This has been the fourth time that we have had this same meeting without meaningful progress."
Me: "Cheer up bishop, that means that we only have to do this a time or two more until you get released!"

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Re: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic

Post by Minyan Man » 17 Nov 2020, 19:59

Well it's official for our Ward: our Bishop is scheduling virtual tithing settlements.
I don't know what I'm going to do. I dislike anything virtual. It's so impersonal.
Come to think of it, I'm not thrilled about in person as well.

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Re: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic

Post by SamBee » 18 Nov 2020, 04:29

Minyan Man wrote:
17 Nov 2020, 19:59
Well it's official for our Ward: our Bishop is scheduling virtual tithing settlements.
I don't know what I'm going to do. I dislike anything virtual. It's so impersonal.
Come to think of it, I'm not thrilled about in person as well.
I feel we're getting forced to do everything online now... That's part of what's coming in behind lockdown. And there's no guarantee that Creepy Zuckerberg and his other big tech mates at Skype/Zoom/Google etc aren't storing the conversation somewhere or scanning it for keywords.
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Re: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic

Post by Curt Sunshine » 21 Nov 2020, 12:03

If it is important to you to declare a status, send an email. Done.

If it is not important to you to declare a status, ignore the requests to do so - or, this year, just say you are being super careful about going anywhere you don't need to go and say you are paying what you can during this difficult time. (I believe in honesty, but I also believe in creative honesty. :P )
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Re: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic

Post by Gerald » 22 Nov 2020, 09:26

The "tithing settlement" patter has begun in our ward. I'm not trying to avoid it but I'm not working too hard to get it done. My wife thinks it's important so I shrug and say, "Okay, sign us up." But she has a hard time remembering appointments and last year (because I wasn't proactive) we scheduled two appointments that we missed. I think we finally did meet with the bishop but it always feels like such a meaningless exercise that I don't even recall what we talked about. I've said before I'm not a big fan of tithing settlement. So we'll see what happens this year.
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Re: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic

Post by Minyan Man » 22 Nov 2020, 12:22

Are all wards & branches doing the virtual tithing settlement this year? Like I said before, mine is.
I really dislike the virtual experience. Maybe it's because of my age. What is the next step?
Virtual Endowment sessions?

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Re: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic

Post by DarkJedi » 22 Nov 2020, 18:20

Minyan Man wrote:
22 Nov 2020, 12:22
Are all wards & branches doing the virtual tithing settlement this year? Like I said before, mine is.
I really dislike the virtual experience. Maybe it's because of my age. What is the next step?
Virtual Endowment sessions?
My ward has not said a word about any type of tithing settlement.
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Re: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic

Post by Cnsl1 » 23 Nov 2020, 04:36

We have not sat down for tithing settlement for several years. I just tell the clerk to tell the bishop "we pay online. Put us down for full."

That keeps everyone happy.

If we pay, it's online and it's been that way for years. Putting us down for full isn't saying we are full in what they might consider full, but it is what we consider full and appropriate, and we usually consider multiple years and not just a single year.

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Re: Tithing Settlement during the pandemic

Post by DarkJedi » 23 Nov 2020, 06:31

Cnsl1 wrote:
23 Nov 2020, 04:36
We have not sat down for tithing settlement for several years. I just tell the clerk to tell the bishop "we pay online. Put us down for full."

That keeps everyone happy.

If we pay, it's online and it's been that way for years. Putting us down for full isn't saying we are full in what they might consider full, but it is what we consider full and appropriate, and we usually consider multiple years and not just a single year.
About the second year in with the previous bishop I told the bishop something similar because he used the "I have to check a box" excuse. I told him to check the full box and that I didn't need to come in to declare that. He never bothered me again. This will be the first year with a new bishop, but as I said previously there have been no announcements or emails of any kind about tithing settlement this year and it seems as though if they were going to do it we would have. We normally start in November.

And I think the question "Are you a full tithe payer" only has to do with your own perception as to whether you're a full tithe payer. If you say you are, you are, period.
In the absence of knowledge or faith there is always hope.

Once there was a gentile...who came before Hillel. He said "Convert me on the condition that you teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot." Hillel converted him, saying: That which is despicable to you, do not do to your fellow, this is the whole Torah, and the rest is commentary, go and learn it."

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