A new way to pay ‘tithing’ without giving a cent to the church

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Giving 10% to charity

Latter-day Saints see tithing as a scriptural command. Additionally they view charity as a advantage that “by no means faileth.”

Now, Douglas Stilgoe is proposing a brand new option to mix the 2: Let members pay tithing by donating cash to “native and worldwide charities” as a substitute of church coffers.

His Change.org petition urges church leaders to place such a system in place. Almost 1,200 folks have signed on to this point.

Not surprisingly, Stilgoe’s push factors to the billions the Utah-based religion has amassed in its Ensign Peak Advisors reserve fund as proof the church can afford to let tithes funnel on to charities.

“The amount of cash the church has amassed, off the again of our donations, doesn’t sit properly” with some Latter-day Saints, he asserts. “… The church might substitute the tithing revenue with the income from Ensign Peak and proceed to perform precisely because it does now.”

And members might “strengthen communities, serve God by serving others, and construct Zion the place they dwell” with a brand new wave of contributions (within the type of tithing) to charities close to and much.

Within the wake of the media revelations in regards to the church’s huge property, different members say they have already got begun following this follow.

Faith Information Service columnist Jana Riess, for one, reported that she steered her 2020 tithes to humanitarian aid, particularly organizations that assist youngsters around the globe.

“At tithing settlement this 12 months, I declared myself a full-tithe payer and defined why none of that cash has gone to the church,” she wrote. “… Not less than a couple of youngsters who didn’t have meals or entry to training could have meals, college and the fundamentals.”

For his or her half, church officers constantly have acknowledged that they use tithing appropriately. They’ve referred to as the reserves a “wet day” fund to assist pay for, amongst different issues, operations in poorer components of the world — equivalent to Africa, the place the church is booming — and the place member donations can’t sustain.

The cash, they are saying, is much less about stashing money for the Second Coming, as was initially reported, and extra about offering safeguards towards extra frequent occasions — like credit score crunches, inventory slides and recessions.

Most religious members look like fantastic with the religion’s fiscal strategy. A January 2020 ballot for The Salt Lake Tribune, for instance, confirmed that just about 6 in 10 “very lively” Utah Latter-day Saints are towards requiring church buildings to reveal their funds.

In the meantime, Latter-day Saint Charities, the religion’s humanitarian arm, has offered greater than $2.5 billion value of help in 199 international locations and territories since its 1985 founding.

A marketing campaign for cozy clothes

(Screenshot) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has printed photographs of temple clothes, which trustworthy members put on beneath their garments. A member is lobbying for comfier clothes.

The New York Instances did an “undercover” story, of kinds, this week on, properly, underwear.

Specifically, Latter-day Saint temple clothes.The piece targeted on Idaho Falls member Sasha Piton, who’s lobbying the church to provide softer, extra snug and breathable clothes, which the trustworthy put on as a non-public and private reminder of their non secular commitments.

So what does Piton point out as most well-liked for her holy unmentionables?

“Buttery gentle, seamless, thick waistband that’s not chopping into my spleen, breathable cloth,” she instructed her greater than 17,000 followers in an Instagram video beneath her moniker themormonhippie.

Her posts apparently resonated in Latter-day Saint circles, drawing 1000’s of feedback and personal messages.

Learn the total Instances story right here.

Increasingly more, the church has been drawing again the curtain on its temple ceremonies and the underclothing donned by religious members. It launched separate YouTube movies in 2018 on the temple endowment and the customarily mocked, maligned and misunderstood clothes.

Many Latter-day Saints “put on non secular clothes, however beneath their common garments,” the narrator says, whereas the clothes are proven. “Much like unusual modest underclothing, it is available in two items and is normally known as the temple garment. … They function a non-public and private reminder of our relationship to God and our dedication to dwell good, honorable lives.”

The video has logged about 143,000 views.

Historic stake makes a transfer

The historic Salt Lake Stake will transfer out of its constructing northwest of the Convention Heart subsequent 12 months, and a non-public, faith-based college will transfer in.

American Heritage Faculty will lease the meetinghouse at 142 W. 200 North from the church. The constructing will probably be repurposed for its new use.

It’s unknown at this level, stake leaders say, whether or not the chapel’s distinctive stained-glass window depicting church founder Joseph Smith’s “First Imaginative and prescient” will stay or be moved (because it was as soon as earlier than).

The wards, or congregations, that had been assembling there — together with the stake workplaces — will relocate to different buildings.

The 14th Ward, for example, will shift to an workplace tower the church is constructing downtown on the nook 100 South and State Avenue. The 25-story high-rise is designed with meetinghouse area inside.

Organized in 1847, the Salt Lake Stake is the oldest steady stake within the worldwide church.

American Heritage Faculty has a campus close to the church’s Mount Timpanogos Temple in American Fork. Its Salt Lake Metropolis campus is scheduled to open in August 2022, based on its web site.

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Who is Kim Reynolds? Iowa governor giving GOP SOTU response : NPR

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will give the official Republican response to President Biden’s State of the Union handle.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will give the official Republican response to President Biden’s State of the Union handle.

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Since taking workplace in 2017 as Iowa’s first feminine governor, Kim Reynolds has pushed for conservative insurance policies, like limiting educating about systemic racism in faculties and searching for to ban transgender women from women’ sports activities groups.

However it’s Reynolds’ response to the pandemic that has gotten her nationwide consideration.

Companies and huge gatherings in Iowa have had few or no restrictions for a lot of the previous two years, usually towards the recommendation of public well being consultants.

Reynolds is more likely to tout her strategy to the pandemic as she delivers the official Republican response after President Biden’s State of the Union handle Tuesday evening.

In a latest Iowa PBS interview, she contrasted her insurance policies with these from Democrats.

“Individuals are so annoyed. They’ve simply had it, and so they really feel their freedoms and liberties are being infringed upon,” Reynolds mentioned. “And we’re seeing that right here in america. And also you’re seeing it actually within the president’s ballot numbers. They’re tanking, and also you’re seeing, I feel, Democratic governors in different states notice what’s occurring and the place People are at the moment.”

Reynolds required Iowa faculties to supply in-person studying for many of the pandemic and rejected $95 million in federal funding for COVID testing in faculties. Final spring, she banned faculties from requiring masks, main the Biden administration to launch a civil rights investigation.

Reynolds says federal pandemic reduction has contributed to inflation and workforce points. However the billions of {dollars} coming into the state helped make an enormous legislative win potential for her: On Thursday Reynolds signed laws to chop earnings taxes.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, instructed Fox Information he is pleased with Reynolds and gave a preview of what he thinks she is going to say.

“I count on her to say that Iowa has led the best way,” Grassley mentioned. “And it is about time that the federal authorities do the identical factor and the president present management that’s one thing apart from shutting down the financial system to combat the virus.”

Deidre DeJear, a Democrat working for governor in Iowa, mentioned Reynolds being chosen for the GOP response reveals she’s following nationwide Republican speaking factors as a substitute of addressing challenges particular to the state.

Reynolds nonetheless hasn’t introduced if she’s working for reelection this yr, however she’s anticipated to run. She has by no means mentioned publicly if she desires to run for larger workplace sooner or later. Reynolds has been talked about as a possible vp for Donald Trump if he runs once more.

I See That You Are Giving Away a TV on Facebook Marketplace and I Just Have a Few Questions

Hiya! I noticed your publish, “Free BROKEN Sony TV,” on Fb Market. Is it nonetheless obtainable? I simply have just a few fundamental questions earlier than I am going out of my solution to drive ten minutes to take a bit of electronics off your porch for gratis to me.

When ought to I come get the TV? I’m obtainable at 1:30 A.M. Is that an O.Ok. time for you? If not, I may additionally come get the TV someday tomorrow, however I’m undecided when.

What measurement is the TV? Your publish says twenty-seven inches, however is that a precise measurement? Would you thoughts measuring once more and sending me a photograph of the tape measure towards the TV? I need it to take a seat precisely flush with my twenty-seven-inch TV stand whereas additionally being sufficiently small to slot in my toilet ought to I determine to maneuver it there once I take a shower. How large is my toilet? I’m undecided. What do you anticipate me to do? Measure my toilet simply to see if a free TV would slot in there?

I can’t be coming to get the TV tomorrow, however may you please take the publish down? I’ll get the TV quickly—I simply can’t probably plan when I can get the TV so I’d such as you to go forward and make it obtainable for the subsequent time I:

a) Am not working.
b) Am not watching a conflicting sporting occasion.
c) Really feel prefer it.

This may very well be at any time within the subsequent one to 12 weeks.

Does the TV are available in another colours? I see out of your publish that the TV is white with a black display. May the TV be black with a white display? Do you have got one other TV that’s black? What measurement is that TV?

The place did you buy the TV? Did you purchase it pre-owned or new? How a lot did the TV initially price? I need to know the way a lot cash I’m saving by getting it free of charge. If the TV price you lower than 200 {dollars}, it’s a must to admit, it’s actually not a lot of a discount for me. Plus, I’ve to drive to choose it up, utilizing gasoline. Maybe you possibly can compensate me for the price of removing? Ten {dollars} appears truthful to me.

What model is the TV? The publish says Sony, however is that Sony the TV model or a typo for “Sonic the Hedgehog”? If it’s a Sonic the Hedgehog-brand TV, I’m undecided that I need it, however I’ll let someday on Sunday—subsequent Sunday, not this Sunday. This Sunday, I’ll be at my cousin’s condominium in Stowe and won’t have cell service, so I gained’t be capable of contact you in regards to the TV. However, by responding to this publish, I’ve claimed this TV, and it’s rightfully mine, and you will need to preserve it secure for me till I say that I don’t need it.

Why am I getting a free TV off Fb and never buying a TV that matches my particular necessities? Properly, this TV is free, and I can inform that you just’re the form of individual who’s going to maintain answering my questions regardless of the absence of any assure that I’ll even take this TV, since you’ve spent your complete life being agreeable and attempting to make everybody such as you, even strangers with the Ferrari emblem as their Fb profile image—which brings me to my subsequent query.

Will this slot in my automobile? I perceive that you just’ve by no means seen my automobile, however absolutely in some unspecified time in the future you place this TV in your automobile. Did it match? Do you suppose your automobile is the same measurement to my automobile? My automobile is a Toyota Corolla. What sort of automobile do you have got?

Your automobile might be greater than mine. Are you able to ship the TV to my home? Truly, I’m undecided I need to take it but, so what I’d such as you to do is come to my home with the TV and carry it into my lounge. At that time, we are able to assess if the TV matches on my TV stand and if you’ll be able to join it to my Amazon Fireplace TV Stick correctly.

Until the TV has Roku inbuilt? Does the TV have Roku inbuilt? Your publish stated that the TV is “damaged and 100 per cent doesn’t work,” however I’m nonetheless going to behave as if the TV is practical, leaving you to surprise if I even learn your publish and whether or not I can be offended upon realizing that the TV is certainly damaged.

I’m not in a position to get the TV right now as a result of my mom/daughter/gerbil is sick. May I get the TV subsequent Wednesday?

One vital factor: Has the TV ever performed an episode of “Doogie Howser, M.D.”? I’m philosophically towards a toddler working as a medical skilled and discover this present offensive. If the TV has been used for this objective, I should rethink taking this TV. I’m not saying that I gained’t take it you probably have ever watched “Doogie Howser, M.D.” on it—it simply is determined by what number of episodes. As an illustration, if you happen to watched one “Doogie Howser, M.D.” simply to form of get a way of what Neil Patrick Harris was like as a toddler actor out of pure curiosity as a result of you’re a fan of his later work, that will be O.Ok. Should you binge-watched a number of seasons of “Doogie Howser, M.D.” all on one Saturday, I can not take the TV. When you ship me a log of which “Doogie Howser, M.D.” episodes you’ve watched on this TV (from an moral standpoint, some “Doogie Howser, M.D.” episodes are extra acceptable than others as a result of Doogie spends much less time within the hospital and extra time doing regular child actions), I’ll take just a few days and contemplate if I nonetheless need the TV.

Truly, simply to be secure, please ship a log of all applications you watched on this TV.

What time will you be arriving with the TV? I texted you 13 minutes in the past saying that I wished the TV, and you continue to haven’t arrived at my home. To be fairly sincere, I discover that very impolite, and now I’m undecided that I need to take the TV in any case.

This TV is damaged! I’m offended!

IRS giving taxpayers option not to use facial recognition : NPR

The IRS says taxpayers will have the ability to entry their accounts by present process a digital interview quite than should submit a selfie.

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The IRS says taxpayers will have the ability to entry their accounts by present process a digital interview quite than should submit a selfie.

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The Inside Income Service says it is giving taxpayers with particular person accounts a brand new choice to confirm their identification: a stay digital interview with tax brokers.

This comes after the IRS backed away from a deliberate program to require account holders to confirm their ID by submitting a selfie to a non-public firm, a proposal that drew criticism from each events in Congress and from privateness advocates.

The company says account holders can nonetheless select the selfie choice, administered by ID.Me. But when they’d quite not, the company says taxpayers may have the choice of verifying their identification “throughout a stay, digital interview with brokers; no biometric information – together with facial recognition – will probably be required if taxpayers select to authenticate their identification by means of a digital interview.”

The IRS introduced the brand new choice on Monday. It says that ID.Me will destroy any selfie already submitted to the corporate, and that these selfies now on file may even be completely deleted “over the course of the following few weeks.”

The company calls this a short-term answer for the present tax submitting season. It says it’s working with the federal government on utilizing one other service, referred to as Login.Gov, which is utilized by different federal companies as a method to entry their companies.

The Normal Providers Administration is at the moment working with the IRS to realize the safety requirements and scale required of Login.Gov, the IRS says, “with the purpose of shifting towards introducing this selection after the 2022 submitting deadline.”

The controversy over the usage of ID.Me got here on high of myriad different challenges going through the IRS this 12 months, together with a backlog of hundreds of thousands of unprocessed returns from final 12 months, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to insufficient staffing and funding ranges.

Giving out our All-Star break NBA and Utah Jazz season awards

Who will take dwelling the ‘Most Useful Jazz Participant’ award: Donovan Mitchell or Rudy Gobert?

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) is launched earlier than the beginning of the sport alongside Utah Jazz heart Rudy Gobert (27) earlier than their recreation in opposition to the Sacramento Kings, NBA basketball in Salt Lake Metropolis on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021.

The “second half” of the 2021-22 NBA common season started on Thursday.

I put “second half” in quotations, as a result of let’s be actual: the All-Star break will not be technically midway by way of the season.

To have fun going into the ultimate stretch of the common season, we really feel it’s time to offer out some awards — each league-wide and Utah Jazz centric — in addition to grade some gamers and groups.

On the newest episode of The Tribune’s “How ‘Bout This Jazz” podcast, host/moderator Xoel Cardenas and Tribune Jazz beat reporter Eric Walden give out the HBTJ “Two-thirds of the way in which 2021-22 NBA and Utah Jazz season” awards.

A number of the classes embody: “Who’s the NBA Rookie of the Yr?,” “Larger disappointment: Lakers or Nets?,” “Most Useful Jazz Participant this season: Donovan Mitchell or Rudy Gobert?,” and “What grade can we give the Jazz for the season to this point?”

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