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SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Wednesday evening it has approved an electronic method for members in the U.S. to pay tithing and charitable donations.
Historically, donation envelopes and contributions were given to priesthood leaders in each church ward or branch. This same process will continue to be used, but the new Online Donations system will give members in the U.S. an additional method to submit their contributions to the church, according to a statement from the LDS Church.
Along with tithing and charitable donations, members can also use the website to donate financially to LDS missionaries.
“The Church’s Finance and Records Department says the initial site not only demonstrated a simplified donation process for members, but also showed that this new approach reduced the load on local leaders and clerks charged with processing donations,” the statement said.
The LDS Church Online Donations website will be rolled out to congregations in the U.S. throughout 2015 and the Church will notify local leaders when it becomes available in their area, the statement said.
Tithing is an integrated aspect of the belief and practice of the LDS Church where members pay a tenth of their “increase,” or income, annually.