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The Cost of Membership

The church provides a cozy, warm atmosphere to most members.  At what expense?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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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