The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced it will be rolling out an electronic system for members to pay tithes and other charitable donations throughout 2015.
For now, the online payments will only be available to members in the United States and the Church will notify local Church leaders when the system is available in their area. Making the online donation is the equivalent to LDS members turning in tithes and offerings to local priesthood leaders in their respective wards.
“For Latter-day Saints, tithing is a natural and integrated aspect of their religious belief and practice,” the LDS Church said in a press release. “By the biblical definition, tithing is one-tenth, and Church members interpret this as a tenth of their “increase,” or income, annually. It is paid on the honor system. No one asks to see income statements or pay slips.”
The Church’s Finance and Records Department reported the beta rollout of the system proved to simplified the donation process for members as well as “reduced the load” on local leaders who track and process donations.
The online system will also allow for anyone with an LDS Account — member or not — to donate to financially support missionaries.