The church provides a cozy, warm atmosphere to most members. At what expense?
10% Of Your Annual Income- If a family makes $100,000 annually, $10,000 is required by the church in tithing. Another way to think about it is 1 out of every 10 days you are working for the church, or 5 hours per week.
3 Hours Each Sunday- Church members are required to attend 3 hours of meetings every Sunday. Add on time to get ready, & travel time and it's more like 5 hours each week.
Read Scriptures 30 Minutes Each day- Church members are asked to read their scriptures for 30 minutes each day. That equals 3.5 hours per week.
Perform Home Teaching/Visiting Teaching- Church members are required to perform about 2 hours of this service per month, equaling about 30 mins per week.
Temple Attendance- Church members are asked to attend the temple weekly, perhaps on a Friday night, for date night. This typically is a weekly 4 hour experience.
Scouts/Youth Programs- If you have kids, you are likely to have a calling helping out with a youth program one night a week. This will consume about 4 hours each week.
Ward Calling Prep- Most members have some kind of calling in the ward. Typically, this is teaching a lesson, voluntarily singing in choir, or once in a while, giving a talk. Assume 2 hours per week for this.
Maintain High Standards- View a list of over 600 life rules Mormons must keep to meet the standard of perfection required to be a good Mormon.
In summary, about 23 hours a week, or 1 out of 3 of your work days are required to devote to church activities to be a good Mormon. This is equivalent to holding a part time job--except without pay.
Considering tithing alone, if a typical ward has 100 families, and the typical family pays $10,000/year then the church is extracting $1,000,000 from the neighborhood within the ward boundaries each year.
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